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A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or a product of her delusion?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Leonard ... David Strine
Claire Foy ... Sawyer Valentini
Sarah Stiles ... Jill
Marc Kudisch ... Bank Manager
Amy Irving ... Angela Valentini
Colin Woodell ... Mark
Myra Lucretia Taylor Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Counselor
Lynda Mauze Lynda Mauze ... Dolores
Zach Cherry ... Dennis
Polly McKie ... Nurse Boles
Jay Pharoah ... Nate Hoffman
Raúl Castillo ... Jacob (as Raul Castillo)
Juno Temple ... Violet
Michael Mihm ... Steve (as Mike Mihm)
Robert Kelly ... Steve's Partner
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A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it real or a product of her delusion?

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Is she or isn't she?


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Rated R for disturbing behavior, violence, language, and sex references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unsane See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,762,145, 25 March 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,732,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,167,063, 14 August 2018
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1.56 : 1
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Trivia

Hospital scenes were filmed in Pomona, NY at the Summit Park Hospital that recently closed. See more »

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Restrained patients do not remain in the same room with other patients, to protect the restrained from harm. See more »

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David Strine: [narrating] I love it when you wear blue. I mean, I love you in anything. But you wore blue that first time I saw you, so anytime I see you in blue, it reminds me of how I felt at that moment. How I never really knew what being alive was until I saw you. You unlocked something inside me that day, something I didn't even realize was there. And right then, I knew that nothing in my life was ever going to be the same. In that moment, I was transformed permanently. You did that.
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The setting of the story is flawed in too many ways
14 March 2018 | by goldbolt-45584See all my reviews

If something seems off about what's happening in the film, it's because the film's premise is completely flawed.

  • While it is true that you can voluntarily commit yourself to a mental institute, you are free to leave at any time. The only time that you would be prevented from leaving is if you were given a Mental Health Act assessment. In this case, three professionals (at least two doctors) would all need to agree that you are "suffering from a mental disorder of a nature or degree which warrants your detention in a hospital for assessment or treatment and that you ought to be detained in the interests of your own health, your own safety or with a view to the protection of others". A person would only be detained in a hospital as a last resort. They don't just do these assessments spontaneously and they only do them if they've known the patient long enough to warrant an assessment like this (so they wouldn't do it after 24 hours unless you tried to kill someone or yourself).
  • Therapy sessions of any kind would typically, if at all, never take place where patients are being treated. The doctors there are for the patients only.
  • Usually, an assessment must be supported by a "specialist social worker or nearest relative", otherwise it doesn't hold as much weight. One doctor alone could detain you for 72 hours in an emergency situation though.
  • If the police receive a call, even if they believe it to be fake or from a "crazy person", they need to investigate. Also, I doubt that an actual facility would even have phones out in the open like that.
  • The woman doesn't seem stupid so it doesn't make sense that she would sign a document without at least looking at the title of it.
  • They wouldn't take your clothes away and make you wear a gown if you voluntarily committed yourself.
  • Even if the doctors in the facility were crooked or evil and were keeping the woman there when they knew she was fine, it would only take a few calls from an employee working there (even a receptionist or janitor) to get outside help. A tribunal can be called to overrule the detainment.
  • The reason you don't hear about sane people getting locked up too often is because it is of no benefit to anyone; if a sane person is sectioned, they must be provided a room, food, and medicine, all of which costs money. Plus, if it was found out that the doctors at the facility were sectioning people who were of no harm to anyone or themselves, they would be in a lot of trouble. At the very least, they would lose respect and reputation in the medical community and would probably struggle to find a medical job.
All of these problems can be seen in the trailer. That's pretty bad.


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