Sawyer Valentini is a troubled woman who moves away from home to escape a stalker. Sawyer finds she is still triggered by interactions with men as a result of her experiences. She makes an appointment with a counselor at Highland Creek Behavioral Center. At her appointment, she unknowingly signs a release voluntarily committing herself to a 24-hour stay. She calls the police but they do nothing when they see the signed release. After physical altercations with a patient and a staff member, Dr. Hawthorne says she is being kept for seven more days. Another patient, Nate Hoffman, gives Sawyer an introduction to the place. Highland Creek is running a scheme to milk health insurance claims for profit. They trick people into voluntarily committing themselves as long as the patients' insurance companies continue to pay; when insurance claims run out, the patient is "cured". One day, Sawyer sees David Strine, her stalker, working as an orderly under the assumed name George Shaw. She has an ...
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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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Written by Lola G.
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JUST OKAY - (6 stars out of 10)
The stage curtains open ...
To call this movie controversial really wouldn't be accurate ... at least, to me. There are differing views on this film. Was she sane or insane? Well, the movie is called "UNsane" - so, I'll leave that up to you since with most movies of this caliber, it is really up to each individual viewer what they truly believe. And since my reviews are also spoiler free, I won't divulge my personal feelings on the subject. I will, however, give you my honest opinion on the movie itself.
It starts off with our film's main character, Sawyer Valentini, at her job and seeing a bearded man walking through the hallway - a person she believes is stalking her. When she goes to a behavior center and confides in one of the on-staff doctors there about her fear of this man, she is tricked into "voluntarily" admitting herself for a 24-hour observation period when she is asked to sign some standard procedural papers. And, somehow, her stalkers finds his way on to the hospital staff assuming another man's identity in order to pass their background check. This leads to further violent confrontations with staff and patients alike extending her stay - and the film's final climactic end.
This was an "okay" film. It was entirely shot on an iPhone 7+ by director, Steven Soderbergh, for creative choice (as he has stated in interviews) - to give his viewers a stalker's viewpoint. However, despite its low production values, this was an engaging film with decent performances. They were effective in pulling you into the movie from Sawyer's point-of-view, giving you enough tidbits here and there to keep you interested and guessing. There was even a small cameo performance by Matt Damon as a security specialist.
However, I walked away with a rather "ho-hum" reaction to it. Overall, it wasn't bad, but nothing outstanding either. I would say it's worth watching once, but not a keeper and not what I would call re-watchable, unless you get caught up in some of the YouTube videos and other chat sites that discuss the big question ... was she insane the whole time, or was her stalker real? Again ... I will leave that up to you.
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