Hypnotic (2021) Review

This psychological thriller drowns in its own silliness

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Hypnotic (2021) Review
Platform
Netflix
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Format
Original Movie Review
Movie Rated
13+
Genre
THRILLER
Language
English

What is the story about?

Jenn Tompson, a software engineer living in Portland, struggles with the loss of her stillborn baby and her estrangement from her ex-fiance Brian. One night, at a party, her friend Gina introduces her to Dr. Collin Meade, a therapist. At her friend's insistence, Jenn starts visiting Dr. Meade for sessions, during which he hypnotizes her. Even as her life starts getting back to normal, Jenn starts getting weird dreams. She suspects Dr. Meade may not be who he seems, and he may be slowly taking over her life.

Analysis

Hypnosis is an idea that fascinates all of us, and many thrillers, from The Manchurian Candidate to The Hypnotisthave used this idea to craft thrillers around the negative side of hypnosis. In that sense, Hypnotic is nothing new. Richard D'Ovidio's script, however, decides not to add anything new to the table, showing us another tired tale of how a woman, struggling with grief, is manipulated under hypnosis to do things she is not aware of. The only saving grace for this film is its brief runtime. Otherwise, Suzanne Coote and Matt Angel's direction is just tired filmmaking, with scenes moving at a brisk pace but barely able to hold your attention, and cast members mouthing dialogues while hamming or impassive. You already have an idea where the film is going in the first half-hour itself, and the makers don't even bother to try anything new. It's that bad.

Performances

Kate Siegel has an impassive face, almost to the point of being blank, and she recites dialogues as if she is reading them off a teleprompter. Jason O'Mara hams it up as Collin, trying his best to be an evil version of Dominic Westbut he hardly has any gravitas. Dule Hill's Detective Wade Collins is the only good thing about the cast, bringing some seriousness to what is an ill-written role. The rest of the cast is disinterested.

Music & Other Departments

John S. Bartley's cinematography gives some interesting moments to the film, especially in the climax, which plays around with flickering lights a lot. Roger Fires' production design deserved a better film.

Highlights

None, really.

Drawbacks

A bad screenplay, terrible dialogues and hammy acting.

Did I enjoy it?

I couldn't wait for it to end.

Do I recommend it?

No.


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