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UNCONSCIOUS

September 3, 2015

DVDFilmReview | by francesco


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A man fights to rebuild his marriage after a horrific accident leaves him with amnesia, but as he begins to uncover the truth behind his so called marriage, it seems now he is fighting for his life. Unconscious is a bone chilling, twisted and surreal thriller, more sinister then anything you may have seen before.

Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) plays the unnamed Man who awakens in a strange house, unaware of who he is or what has happened. He then meets an equally unnamed Woman played by Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns) claiming to be his wife, informing him that he has been in an accident and may suffer a small bit of memory loss.

As she tries to help him remember their life together and the home they were building, the Man fails to recognise anything about their past. However, as suspicions begin to arise, he starts to uncover the secrets within their family home and the lies his wife has been feeding him. What starts off as a story of lost love takes a horrific turn as it dives into a dark twisted obsession that’s more disturbing than anything the Man could have ever imagined.

Unconscious clearly follows a very recognisable formula of delusion and obsession as one person attempts to create a perfect life, driven by a sick fantasy. Such formula is possibly most famously associated with Rob Reiner’s filmic adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery (1990) but a more mysteriously dark antagonist that we learn very little about, makes this film far more terrifying.

Both Wes Bentley and Kate Bosworth provide great performances, creating a perfect atmosphere for the entire running time. Their ability to change from their emotional chemistry in one scene to their uncomfortable tension in the next one captures the mood of the film perfectly.

Director Michael Polish (Big Sur, For Lovers Only) does a superb job at creating a chilling and tense setting throughout the film, along with brilliant cinematography which provides gorgeous tilted shots and shallow depth of field ones, adding to the surreality of the film as well as digitally corrected colours that set the mood. Combine that with a thrilling story that unfolds nicely, and spot on performances, then you are left with a very frighting and nightmarish thriller.

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The main issue with Unconscious is the ending, which somehow manages to create more questions than it answers, and in an attempt to be more mysterious and disturbing, it leaves us with a confusing and rather unsatisfying epilogue.

Not knowing what to believe, this man is lost in a dream that is haunting him wherever he goes and that he can’t wake up from. Unconscious is a spine-chilling thriller that will stay on your mind long after you have watched the final scene.

Unconscious is now available in the UK on DVD

Charlie Quirke