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Amnesiac (2015/XLrator Blu-ray)

Picture: A Sound: A Extras: D Film: C

Michael 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.

The 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.

Amnesiac 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.

The 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.

The 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.

- Jordan Whiteko


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