Review: RegressionRegression * by Alejandro Amenábar
Released by First Generation Films on 12 Nov 2015
Genres: Thriller
Length: 1h 46m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis, Emma Watson, Devon Bostick, Aaron Ashmore, Dale Dickey, David Dencik.

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A young girl is sexually abused by her father. Thus, begins the disturbing tale of a father and daughter torn apart, thrown into the center of a conspiracy that shocks the nation.

After seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring in which Emma Watson’s American accent was absolutely horrible, I thought I’d give it another chance by watching Regression. I’d heard she was in this movie, and decided to just go for it. Mainly also because the story sounded interesting to me.

Regression tells the story (based on true events) of Angela Grey who accuses her father of sexually abusing her multiple times. Her father pleads guilty, but there is only one problem – he doesn’t remember doing any of it. Detective Bruce Kenner and Professor Kenneth Raines need to find out what is going on before it’s too late.

For some reason, I had expected this to be a horror movie. Full on horror, with people being possesed and stuff, you know a movie that would scare me so much I couldn’t sleep the night after. Or the night after that. So yeah, I was both disappointed and really happy when I realised that it wasn’t a horror movie. It had some scary bits, but not enough to make me unable to sleep. Not sure why I had the idea it was a horror movie, maybe the trailer was just a bit spooky, but yeah that’s just what I thought.

This movie follows the Grey family, with a father, a son, a daughter and a grandmother. The daughter, Angela, accuses her father of raping her several times in the past year. Which is the reason she moved to live in a church. Son Roy has also left the house years before and is not planning on returning. Both the father and the grandmother do not remember any of the things Angela accuses them off, which is why detective Bruce employs Professor Raines to bring back those memories. But nothing really goes the way they planned.

Unfortunately, I already knew the way this movie would end. It had been spoiled to me a while back, and while I didn’t really remember it, I knew right away when the reveal came – that I already had known it. View Spoiler »

Other than that, I did really enjoy this movie. I liked the actors (I knew four of them from other things already; Emma and David from Harry Potter, Devon Bostick from The 100 and there was a guy at the police station whose name I can’t remember, but he played Death in Supernatural); and can I say – Emma’s American accent has improved so so much! I was so annoyed by her accent in both movies I mentioned at the beginning of this review, that I was rather reluctant to watch this one. But it really surprised me, and I couldn’t detect any of her original accent bleeding through. So points to Emma for improving that!

The movie was really suspenseful and though I already knew the ending, I thought it was still very exciting to find out what exactly had happened. I honestly think this is a very good movie, and it’s a shame that I haven’t heard that much about it on the internet. Oh well.

I recommend this to:

People who love thrillers, and movies based on true stories. If you’re a big fan of Emma Watson, just go and see it even if her role isn’t actually that big (honestly, it looks like she’s the main character of this story, but honestly she’s not in the movie that much. I think Bruce Kenner is the main character of this story and she’s just a side character, but that’s my opinion).

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