Regression (2015) - Crime, Horror, Mystery

Hohum Score

97

Hohummer

A detective and a psychoanalyst uncover evidence of a satanic cult while investigating a young woman's terrifying past.

IMDB: 5.7
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Stars: Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis
Length: 106 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 25 out of 95 found boring (26.31%)

One-line Reviews (91)

He had a flawless interactive rapport with Amenabar's camera, registering and conveying the anger, paranoia, confusion, and fear of his character so well on screen.

But 'Regression' is a very solid, expertly produced mystery and I enjoyed it.

Not much, but still enjoyable.

However from about the middle of the movie he gradually turns into a pathetic and boring character.

Boringly executed .

Therefore, whilst this film is a very enjoyable watch, its flaws deprive it of the 8+ score in my eyes.

its a different thrilling movie .

Intimately disturbing and suspenseful.

What a waste of time, would be giving this movie more credit than is due, it would just be better to say why and weep for the money lost making this disaster.

This is a fine and intelligent engrossing drama.

As usual, he's relatable and absorbing to watch.

The story line and script were engaging, unpredictable and fresh.

A case of compelling material being grossly underserved by a lackluster script .

Honestly, the cast is more intriguing than the movie.

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).

Overall it's not a particularly remarkable story being told, but definitely worth the watch as it is all presented finely and tightly.

This is a complement to the somewhat better done, more polished and entertaining effort of Spotlight (2015).

It moves in a slow, deliberate way without sacrificing the message that it wants to convey.

Ethan Hawke (Bruce Kenner) played his role well, by bringing intensity and intrigue to the film, and I liked the mood that was set from the beginning but it does become slightly boring after a while, because it seemed like Bruce was going round in circles.

As he also wrote this movie, I can totally blame him for the terrible ending and slow pace.

In this slow-moving and moody thriller, one of the themes that emerges is the tremendous power of suggestion on the human mind.

Stated as "Gospel" the Film Explores that Regression Hypnosis might be Completely Contrived to the Whims of the Hypno Therapist with False Memories Planted and then "Retrieved" as "Occurrences".

ckweeds and their pretentious, SPOIL-FILLED reviews.

An engaging thriller .

The revelations at the beginning were intense and the weird satanic visions that haunted Ethan Hawke were pretty creepy and built suspense.

It tries to be worthy and important but feels quite dull and unpleasant at times.

Because I was expecting the unexpected the end didn't totally surprise me.

Great idea, great actors and an intriguing feel.

Enjoyable mystery/thriller .

Psychological thriller with a few suspenseful, sometimes overdone effects, that seem a bit strange i a way.

Boring .

Cool color temperatures, dreary weather, effective acting, and a creepy small town all come together to make creepy psychological thriller of good versus evil.

No, the point of Regression is making us be on the verge of falling asleep.

You know the whole deal where in this county a whole bunch of bored or annoyed kids started claims that their parents were abusing them and indoctrinating them into satanic cults and overly protective authorities, media and psychologists ran with it.

Confusing as all hell.

I found the story compelling and the climax thought provoking and likely more fact based than fiction.

An intense mystery .

The story is intense because the mystery is well built, and the suspense is well kept.

As well as a thrilling and mysterious musical score by Roque Baños .

If it wasn't for the disappointing ending and the slow pace, I would have given this movie top marks because it was quite enjoyable at the beginning but the director made the whole film seem quite pointless once the truth came out.

An unexpected twist gives this movie the edge over other of a similar genre.

Anyone with any Knowledge of the News Stories and the Implications of a Media Overreach, Exploitation for Ratings, and its Aftermath are Predetermined to take Anything this Movie Presents as Mysterious or Investigatory as Uninformed, Badly Researched Propaganda.

All in all it was a fairly predictable movie that doesn't really surprise.

"Regression" has a very intriguing plot!

One dimensional characters, in a poor but predictable storyline, I am extremely fortunate that I did not have to pay to watch this drivel.

The film comes across as flat, slow and subdued.

I found hard to predict, especially the twist was simple, but unexpected.

Forgettable is how I would define it, but that word is too harsh for something that is worth watching.

And it's all paranoia to its time of Satanic panic when the answers they were looking for should be more mundane than this.

Cliché.

They also tried to make the setting of the movie a dark & gloomy one- which is typical for a horror/supernatural movie, but only succeeded to make it extremely slow, boring and at times incoherent & irritating.

Its that dull.

The film was trying so hard to tell a no-big-deal story with a storyline and scenario that have been used thousand times to pan out an one-direction, one-way boring film that should not to be produced at all.

The movie is rather slow.

It's an intriguing conceit, eventually shifting into a psychological thriller, though once it went to that newer direction, it starts to linger more on twisted imagery and dumb revelations until it leads to an answer that could have been obvious.

It's true that this was a thing that happened and yeah it sounds like fodder for a compelling thriller, in fact I could swear a biofic or two was made.

I'd say, it kinda got quite pretentious near the end.

I do, in fact, agree to an extent as this film moralizes, that many of the cases that were sensationalized in the 80's by the Main Stream Media were actually the result of mundane criminal and abhorrent behavior by ordinary people.

Amenábar made the film equivalent of a sleeping pill, with a tedious and listless narrative which doesn't wake the slightest suspense or excitement.

Unfortunately the movies rhytm is confusing by strange shots and editing making this movie feel rushed.

Set against the backdrop of a seemingly endless string of suspenseful incidents of satanic ritual abuse in America1990s , Minnesota , in which a detective and a psychoanalyst uncover evidence of a horrifying satanic cult while investigating a young woman's terrifying past and resulting in a bizarre nationwide mystery .

All in all, I left the theater wondering why I was supposed to care about any of the events that took place because, with the lack of character attachment, it all meant nothing.

which certainly makes me wonder about the motive of the people who created this piece of deleterious propaganda...

The mystery is also entertaining to follow, even when it goes through awkward directions.

While the storyline is not without merit, its bland re-telling, the pedestrian direction and Watson's well below par acting, renders it a cinematographic wet lettuce.

I give this film the rate of a ten for simply stunning acting, very, very subtle transition from scene to scene, great cinematography, an incredible score and for truly capturing a spirit of mystery and for allowing nonfiction to be fiction or vice versa, to being true to the spirt of a kind of collective mysteria all religious people seem to suffer from and for dealing with a forbidden topic, that is, the one devout Christians most fear.

The direction at least breathes genuine coldness, much compelling than the silliness written.

I don't want to spend more time talking about this piece of junk, so I will only say that despite having a talented director and some solid actors (including Ethan Hawke and two Harry Potter veterans: Emma Watson and David Thewlis), I found Regression a waste of time and an absolute disaster.

Formualic, Predictable, Non-event .

The rest of it feels like those vague, bland scenes between the killings in a Saw sequel, the kind that you forget within half an hour of finishing it, because you were just waiting for something interesting to happen.

If you enjoy watching films that contain prolific symbolism and question institutions that exist for physical and spiritual protection, then you will undoubtedly find this film, from the Weinstein Company that flew under the radar, intriguing.

This is a common theme in classic horror movies and is elaborated here in an excellent way, in my opinion, as the film unfolds gradually in the moody background of a rural American town, with dreamy scenes that create an engaging atmosphere, and a general feeling of sinking helplessly into paranoia.

But that's why arguing or even discussing movies can be so much fun and is intriguing to say the least.

What ultimately is left after that is a sometimes intriguing, fairly visually interesting take on a subject matter that could have been gobsmacking.

The nightmares become so intense that is becomes difficult for the characters to separate hallucination from reality.

Overall, it was pretty predictable, though.

kept me interested even when it was slow.

Although she still can't quite shake off the witchcraft link, Emma Watson must be desperate to get away from her goody-goody girl Harry Potter-based past to even think about appearing in this complete waste of time, meanwhile Dave Thewlis, normally an excellent British character actor, snoozes through this as if he was in a school play; zzzzzzzzz...

I was hoping that there was going to be some big conspiracy and that there was some major twists, towards the end but it all turned out to be a total waste of time.

No it just doesn't work, what seemed like a suspenseful and enticing trailer transformed into a mess of a movie that didn't even make sense and was hard to watch.

The film will take you, at a slow pace, through a mounting aprehension of a tragic ending, only to defuse it at the very last minutes.

Some flaws but an engaging film .

Worth watching.

He did so many things right in this movie that it more than made up for a couple of slow spots in the script.

(*another main ingredient of this film) Since I've known and understood the above-mentioned crap for so many years, watching this "Regression" film has inevitably became so uninteresting and pointless.

The movie was both confusing and anti-climatic as they kind of swept the whole table clean in the end.

It contains an evocative and adequate cimnematography by Daniel Aranyó .

Inspired by Uninspiring Events .

This slowly unravelling story features a typically intense performance from Ethan Hawke (as Detective Bruce Kenner), and features UK actors David Thewlis (Professor Kenneth Raines) and Emma Watson as the shy young victim at the centre of it all Angela Grey.

His intense take of the obsessed Bruce Kenner was riveting and infectious.

The psychologist is cliché and annoying - going round insulting strangers for having religious beliefs.