A brief description for those who have not yet watched the suspense thriller by Leigh Whanell, the same director of e: brings the story from the point of view of Cecilia (Elizabeth Ross), a woman who suffers from an abusive relationship by her husband Adrian (Oliver Jackson- Cohen), a successful and extremely possessive scientist, who commits suicide but continues to torment his wife and end his sanity even after being designated dead, and this leads the character, Cecilia, to doubt that his death actually , was forged.
Whanell’s film brings interesting things. In this film, the director has the characteristic of interleaving between close-ups in the main characters, mainly in Cecilia, and putting a panoramic view of the environment that brings us tension and discomfort. And that adds a lot to the development of the story, because everything revolves around the abusive relationship that she faces in her marriage to the millionaire and scientist, Adrian, and especially after her alleged suicide.
The first 40 minutes of the film are good. Cecilia desperately runs away from her obsessive husband’s house in the first few minutes of the film, and it certainly takes us to a great adrenaline rush with the character, either by the interspersed view of walls, character and house, or by the soundtrack very well executed in the moments of tension, which leads the viewer to increase the heart rate along with Cecilia’s walking.
But the film, in my opinion, misses the chance. Yes, the film in my view had a gigantic chance of being a successful psychological horror, however, it focuses more on actions and scenes developed like a common horror film, like, or other features pre-willing to scare the audience instead to develop an overwhelming and disturbing story.
The director could focus more on the relationship between Cecilia and Adrian in the past, putting the fears and obsessions that the husband caused the wife to reach its peak, but instead invested in the present, that is, in the supposed death of Adrian and how he developed an invisible “shield” to torment and drive his wife, Cecilia, crazy.
The film is not bad, but it certainly lost a lot, especially in the death scenes, which made the plot extremely predictable and even ridiculous at certain times.