Alejandro Amenábar (2015)

15 Certificate


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Satanic thrillers have become all too common and while Regression has the hallmarks of a superior effort, it rarely rises above the pack. Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar (The Others) and inspired by a true story, it's set in 1990 in small-town Minnesota where a teenage girl (Emma Watson) has accused her father (David Dencik) of abuse. As the detective in charge of her case (Ethan Hawke) and the psychologist assisting him (David Thewlis) probe further they seem to uncover a diabolical conspiracy. The cinematography is crisp, the film's sometimes nightmarish imagery impresses and it rarely resorts to cheap scares, building genuine suspense in places. However, the story is slight, the details are hackneyed and the writing is tediously functional and occasionally clunky, while the promising cast have mixed fortunes - Watson struggles to conjure any depth for her character, Dencik is underused, Hawke has more to do but is hemmed in by the thin material. And an ending that seeks to restore credibility instead feels anticlimactic, as the film fizzles out into something pretty forgettable.


In 1990, Minnesota detective Bruce Kenner finds evidence of a satanic cult when he investigates the case of John Gray, who admits to sexually abusing his 17-year-old daughter Angela, but has no recollection of it. Psychological thriller, starring Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson and David Thewlis.

Cast & Crew

Bruce Kenner Ethan Hawke
Angela Gray Emma Watson
Kenneth Raines David Thewlis
Reverend Beaumont Lothaire Bluteau
Rose Gray Dale Dickey
John Gray David Dencik
Cleveland Peter MacNeill
Roy Gray Devon Bostick
George Nesbitt Aaron Ashmore
Andrew Kristian Bruun
Farrel Aaron Abrams
Director Alejandro Amenábar
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing, sex scenesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Oct 2015