Movie description
Overview - Steven Soderbergh's latest Unsanefeatures a commanding performance from actress Claire FoyWhile a solid entry in the "are they or aren't they insane?" thriller sub-genre, the film may most be remembered as the movie Soderbergh shot on an iPhone 7. The film is solid entertainment, but it doesn't do much original or exciting with its plot and instead works as a testimonial to how far modern technology has advanced. Still worth watching, it's a well-made flick with a lot of inventive camera work but don't demand too much from it. Universal Studios brings Unsane to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a notable uptick in clarity, details, and the HDR10 grading lends itself well to this stylized film offering a marked improvement over its SDR Blu-ray counterpart. This disc features the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix, but that's not a detriment as it works very well. Sadly no other extra features were compiled for the 4K disc. Overall the movie is a good time so do give it a spin.


For a guy who keeps saying he may retire, Steven Soderbergh keeps making a lot of movies. Ever the visual and technological experimenter, he brings all of his best talents and his iPhone to Unsane. Featuring a stellar turn from Claire Foy, Unsane doesn't exactly mix anything new into the stew of the "are they or aren't they insane?" sub-genre, but it manages to hold its own. It's Soderbergh's inventive use of a camera phone to capture the film that commands attention as the small device allows shots from virtually every conceivable angle giving a simplistic storyline a visual punch of dread and suspense. 
Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) should be living the life of her dreams. Young, attractive, and successful - she commands the attention of the men around her while enjoying praise at work and advancing quickly. However, her life is anything but perfect. A victim of a stalker, she hasn't been able to regain a normal life after leaving her home of Boston behind, exiting social media, and cutting off ties with old friends and family. When she makes an appointment with Highland Creek for counseling to help her get over her fears, she unwittingly involuntarily commits herself. Her situation becomes a nightmare when an orderly who looks exactly like her stalker (Joshua Leonard) starts dispensing her medication. Is Sawyer being scammed? Or is she actually insane?

Movies in the "are they or aren't they insane?" sub-genre -- including recent productions like A Cure for Wellness, FX's Legion, and even Hereditary to an extent -- all play around with ideas of mental illness and unreliable narrators, offering up some interesting opportunities to expand the Thriller genre. To the credit of Unsane, Soderbergh and company have crafted a tight and suspenseful little yarn. If there's a lesson to be learned from a film like this is to make sure you read over every line of any document you sign. That said, Unsane doesn't really do a whole lot new or exciting with the material. Where there may be some brief suspicion or doubt about what's going on, but by the 40-minute mark, the particulars are plainly clear and the path the story travels isn't all that new or exciting.
What Unsane does have going for it is Soderbergh's need to play and experiment. This time, he's decided to just shoot the whole movie on his iPhone 7. What initially seems like a stunt actually proves to be pretty effective and inventive. With a small camera like that, Soderbergh exploits the device's mobility and the ability to put the thing nearly anywhere he wants with some impressive results. While not appearing like professional grade camera equipment, a clean image is captured that actually helps boost a sense of paranoia and suspense that Sawyer could be viewed by anyone anywhere maintaining a constant sense of dread. With some purposeful and stylized processing in post-production, the image ends up looking like hyper-sensitive 16mm reversal color stock giving the image a bit of grit and an uncomfortable punch as that camera can get very close to people's faces. 
Taken as a whole, I wasn't completely blown away by the movie. Soderbergh has obviously made better movies in the past, but Unsane is solid material. Certainly better than Contagion, I would put it about on par with Side Effects as a strong, entertaining flick that doesn't quite live up to potential. As much as the film is impressive visually, Foy is the real stand out here. Coupled with a creepy turn from Joshua Leonard, she delivers a hell of a performance. The flick is a good time despite some plot shortcomings.

Blu-ray Info
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 1.56:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.58:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English SDH, French, Spanish

00:00:00.000 : en:Chapter 1
00:05:40.256 : en:Chapter 2
00:10:21.912 : en:Chapter 3
00:14:24.697 : en:Chapter 4
00:19:26.331 : en:Chapter 5
00:24:46.234 : en:Chapter 6
00:29:10.165 : en:Chapter 7
00:36:35.401 : en:Chapter 8
00:40:25.089 : en:Chapter 9
00:45:23.595 : en:Chapter 10
00:50:14.803 : en:Chapter 11
00:56:12.285 : en:Chapter 12
00:59:06.834 : en:Chapter 13
01:04:44.463 : en:Chapter 14
01:07:30.046 : en:Chapter 15
01:15:37.449 : en:Chapter 16
01:23:25.333 : en:Chapter 17
01:26:39.652 : en:Chapter 18
01:30:23.167 : en:Chapter 19
01:35:08.411 : en:Chapter 20

File size: 52.01 GB
Unsane 4K UHD 2018 trailer
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