A Sound: A Extras: D Film: C
Polish's Amnesiac (2015) tries hard to convince the audience
that they too are being confused by The Woman (Kate Bosworth). That
is one thing that is somewhat unique to Amnesiac; they never
give the main characters names. This is not the first movie to
introduce the technique of never referring to the characters by first
or last names.
movie itself takes The Man (Wes Bentley) and throws him into a car
accident only to wake up without his memory. He suffers from
amnesia, an Amnesiac if you will, and is convinced that The
Woman (Bosworth) is not his wife and is holding him captive. He
later sees the young girl from his dreams, Audrey (Olivia Rose
Keegan), is also being held captive and wants The Woman (Bosworth) to
let her go because he believes she is his daughter.
feels like an overly stretched-out short film. It is full of
suspense, but it never really gains momentum until the last 24
minutes or so. There are a couple close calls where you think people
are going to discover what The Woman (Bosworth) is up to in this
house, but that feels like it is just to try and distract the
audience from realizing how much time has gone by. It also does not
become apparent as to why we are watching these odd clips in the
beginning until the movie is close to ending, but still does not make
a whole lot of sense.
Director and Cinematographer chose to use some good sources of
lighting. An example I liked is the plain room The Man (Bentley) is
kept in and how the blinds to the windows are not pulled the whole
way down, and have the outside light pierce the room drawing our eyes
to what the director wants us to focus on. There is a dark and
ominous tone they create, but we, the audience, do not get as much as
what they try and set up in this horror movie, Amnesiac.
film is presented in a 2.35:1 widescreen format on a Blu-ray 1080p
disc, shot well with an Arri Alexa HD camera. Each scene looks well
lit and comes through great in high definition. The audio is a
lossless English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 and when they do speak
in this film, because again it seems dragged out, you can hear every
word clearly. There are no extras on the disc and it also does not
come with a digital copy, which most newly released movies on Blu-ray
do so that is kind of unfortunate.