Film Reviews

Hypnotic (2021)

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Matt Angel and Suzanne Cootes Hypnotic is not very good. There’s no other way to put it. Its more nauseating than hypnotic.

A young woman, between jobs a a software engineer has found herself in a pit of unknown, loneliness, despair and depression overwhelm her daily….so her closest friend does what every friend should do and thats flaunts how happy she is and how great her own life is, then refer her to the good looking, nosy, HIPAA ignoring therapist she currently sees, who specializes in hypnosis techniques. 

Where you might think the movie itself undergoes hypnosis and discovers something worth watching, what it fishes out of the dark cinematic subconscious is nothing groundbreaking, just a 1 dimensional thriller about an obsessed and crooked therapist, who hypnotizes, a technique with no rhyme or reason, any woman who closely resembles his late wife. 

Its not able to flesh out much of its premise in only an 1 hour 28 minute runtime. But I suppose I can appreciate that the movie didn’t dig down into too many mind bending, psychological rabbit holes. The movie is pretty surface level which is for the best.

Kate Siegel is wonderful as always but her character suffers from the same lack of development.

Jason O’Mara plays a real sicko disguised as a Therapist, and does a good job doing so but see the issues above for why it also didn’t work that well.

What I find most interesting is screenwriter, Richard D’Ovidio also wrote the 2001 version of Thir13en Ghosts, a guilty pleasure of mine!

Honestly, this movie is borderline Lifetime Network material.

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