Hypnotique Review

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If you're interested in seeing this film, then you've probably already seen one or two trailers. Unfortunately, they don't do much to entice you to watch the full film. I've listed some of the negatives below. Predictable plot, poor cinematography, and a lack of originality. While these negatives aren't the only ones to be concerned about, they are the most noticeable.

Unimaginative cinematography

Jessica Hausner's English-language debut, Hypnotique, is unsettling and affecting, but it is also a poor choice for the film festival. The film follows a scientist named Alice who's been studying new plant species that can make people happier. When she sneaks one of these plants home for her teenage son, he learns that it isn't as benign as she first thought. Variety's Owen Gleiberman compared the film to the body-snatchers film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, while many critics liken it to a lesser-than-greater Black Mirror episode.

The film's lack of inventiveness extends to its visual effects. While many psychological thrillers and horror films utilize unimaginative CGI effects and lackluster cinematography, Hypnotique is completely devoid of a distinctive style. Its uninspired cinematography, sudden zoom-ins, and dull CGI effects lack any sort of challenge for the audience. Instead, the predictable visual effects are either mildly amusing or insulting.

Predictable plot

While the premise of the movie is intriguing, the Hypnotique predictable plot is not. The movie follows a familiar plot and has illogical characters and loosely bound emotions. It can be more interesting to have an interesting setting and characters, but it's still a predictable plot if the characters don't struggle for their goal or die. This is a very common problem in movies, and Hypnotique is no exception.

The premise of the film is fairly straightforward, and the prologue is a tantalizing set-up. The film's central character, Jenn Thompson, is unemployed and has a complicated relationship with her ex Brian Rawley. A friend, Gina, suggests that she see hypnotherapist Dr. Collin Meade, played by Jason O'Mara, for help dealing with her grief.

Unimaginative writing

It's hard to watch a movie about hypnotism without noticing that there are unimaginative elements in it. There are a few examples of unimaginative writing, including one sexual expletive, two scatological curses, and a couple of euphemistic terms referring to the deity. The plot is also predictable and has few mind-blowing plot twists. The actors do an adequate job, but the script feels phony and unoriginal.

Lack of originality

Despite its intriguing premise, the plot of Hypnotique fails to convince. While the deception premise may have worked better with a longer build-up, the climactic reveal ruins the story and leaves little room for suspense. The script is otherwise solid, but the execution is lacking in originality. The pacing is also slow, and the lack of originality undermines its overall effect.

It doesn't feel inept or bad, but it does feel anonymous and cloying. The film's ridiculous premise could have been made even more exciting, but instead, it settles for the safest of thriller plots. The premise could have been made more realistic and wild, or it could have dug into Jenn's emotional turmoil. Instead, the movie delivers a serviceable thriller that feels like a left-center episode of a network cop drama. It's another empty calorie movie on Netflix, so avoid it.


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