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Regression (2015)

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A detective and a psychoanalyst uncover evidence of a satanic cult while investigating a young woman's terrifying past.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Bruce Kenner
Emma Watson ... Angela Gray
David Thewlis ... Kenneth Raines
Lothaire Bluteau ... Reverend Beaumont
Dale Dickey ... Rose Gray
David Dencik ... John Gray
Devon Bostick ... Roy Gray
Aaron Ashmore ... George Nesbitt
Peter MacNeill ... Police Chief Cleveland
Adam Butcher ... Brody
Jacob Neayem ... Charlie
Aaron Abrams ... Farrell
Catherine Disher ... Kate
Danielle Bourgon ... Secretary at Police Station
Julian Richings ... Tom
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Storyline

In Minnesota in the 1990s, a man is arrested and accused of having abused his daughter. Although he doesn't remember anything from the event, he pleads guilty. With the help of a psychologist, he'll relive those moments. Meanwhile, the local media hints the possibility that everything could have been a satanic cult's doing. Written by CarlosERM

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Fear always finds its victim.


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Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, and for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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Spain | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2015 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Regresión See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,915, 7 February 2016

Gross USA:

$55,039

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,671,101
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Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The story is set in the year 1990, the same year Emma Watson was born. See more »

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The poster of Polish Death/Black Metal Band Behemoth is from 2014 whereas the film is set in 1990. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Gray: [driving in the rain] Please God, help me. Please God, help me.
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Featured in Projector: Macbeth/Regression (2015) See more »

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That's Where the Blues Begin
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Some flaws but an engaging film
10 October 2015 | by james-xdSee all my reviews

This film is not a conventional 7 - a score I would tend to give to a decent but not outstanding film. Regression was in some ways an 8, or dare I say it 9, but some of its flaws are just too bad g to ignore.

I will start by talking about its strong points. The story line and script were engaging, unpredictable and fresh. There were enough twists and turns to keep the viewer guessing, and without too much in fact happening, the film is disturbing and uncomfortable to watch. The twists as the film goes on are not outlandish - a careful viewer will be able to pick up on a number of subtle clues. The acting is good and the characters succeed of convincing us of their roles - mostly.

What then is wrong? First and foremost - whilst the female lead is a good actress, her American accent just isn't convincing enough for us to forget about Hermione. Secondly, whilst I am no expert of the American justice system, some of the practises and actions taken by the police seem questionable and unrealistic. The psychologist is cliché and annoying - going round insulting strangers for having religious beliefs. The ending is an anti climax once the big revelation has occurred, and it seems like the writers tried to re kindle the atmosphere, which doesn't happen. The ending is also a bit hard to square in your mind logically.

Therefore, whilst this film is a very enjoyable watch, its flaws deprive it of the 8+ score in my eyes.


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