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Regression

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2015
  • Alejandro Amenábar
  • 101 mins
  • 15

Summary

Thriller starring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke. In rural Minnesota a teenage girl has accused her father of sexual assault. When a detective and a psychologist arrive to investigate the case they uncover dark secrets and a conspiracy more diabolical than they could have imagined.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Bruce KennerEthan Hawke
Angela GrayEmma Watson
Kenneth RainesDavid Thewlis
Reverend BeaumontLothaire Bluteau
Rose GrayDale Dickey
John GrayDavid Dencik
ClevelandPeter MacNeill
Roy GrayDevon Bostick
George NesbittAaron Ashmore
AndrewKristian Bruun
FarrelAaron Abrams

Crew

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DirectorAlejandro Amenábar

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2015-10-09
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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