Starring: Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson
Regression started off like a pretty good movie. It had a dark, ominous tone. I like Ethan Hawke as an actor. Emma Watson is pretty hot. It seemed like it was going to be a solid movie about questioning one’s faith, the brutality of man, and the intricacies of the human mind. It had all the makings of a good movie, but it wasn’t one. There were some good parts. The revelations at the beginning were intense and the weird satanic visions that haunted Ethan Hawke were pretty creepy and built suspense. Overall, it was pretty predictable, though. In the age of plot twists, it’s pretty common for people to try and guess what it is. Filmmakers don’t usually stray too far from my first guess so it’s kind of hard to be surprised. Regression’s “plot twist” was obvious from a mile away, though. It would have done well as a horror movie if it had stuck with those elements, but that’s not what type of movie it was. Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson’s talents were wasted on this movie just like Ethan and Selena Gomez’s were wasted on Getaway (literally the worst movie I have ever seen).
What I Would Have Changed:
I would have scrapped the psychological aspect of the movie along with the “twist” and made it a straight up horror movie about a cop helping a girl who’s been abused by a satanic cult. Those were the parts of the movie that made it interesting. The ending pretty much negated all of that.
I wouldn’t watch it again. If you haven’t seen it but want to, I’d recommend waiting until it airs on TV to watch it. Or get somebody to rent it from Redbox for you.
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