“Unsane” (Bleecker Street)
By Catholic News Service
Suspense drama that demonstrates why the “trapped in a mental asylum” subgenre has become a rarity. A stalking victim (Claire Foy) left with mental health issues by her experience is involuntarily committed by a predatory facility that leeches payments from its captive patients’ insurance companies. Things take an even darker turn when she becomes convinced that her former pursuer (Joshua Leonard) is working there under an assumed name — and dispensing her medication.
As directed by Steven Soderbergh and scripted by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer, the film advances along predictable lines — with the significant weakness that, despite all the efforts to show that the protagonist and reality are not tightly welded, the audience is tipped to the truth early on.
Mature themes, a scene of attempted sexual assault, physical violence, some sexual references, frequent rough language. The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.