Steven Soderbergh’s latest is a pulpy film that echoes the raw thrillers from the seventies.


Director | Steven Soderbergh

USA | 2018

97 minutes


With | Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah

Language | English

Subtitles | Dutch


Data analyst Sawyer Valentini has fled Boston after a stalker made her life hell there. In her new hometown she seeks help from a psychiatrist and is more or less by accident admitted to an institution. There she sees her stalker, who is now one of the nurses. Or is it just her imagination? Pulpy film echoes the raw thrillers from the seventies.

A far cry from the polished and expensive aesthetics of his <i>Ocean’s</i>-films, Steven Soderbergh has gone for the other extreme with this one – he filmed <i>Unsane </i>on an iPhone 7. The scant lighting and low, narrow hallways of the institution Sawyer ends up in, give the film a seedy look reminiscent of the briskly shot thrillers of the early seventies. The story itself is just as pulpy, with characters plucked from the fringes of society.