Director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike) filmed Unsane
entirely on iPhone, this might sound like a strange choice however his
decision helps add to the claustrophobic feel of the movie.
Claire Foye (The Crown) is terrific in the role of Sawyer Valentini, a
young woman who has been forced to move from Boston to Pennsylvania in
order to escape the unwanted admiration of a male who has been continually
After finding that the move doesn’t alleviate her fears she seeks help from
a support group for victims of stalking who in turn direct her to The
Highland Creek Behavioural Centre.
After making an appointment she is given a one to one therapy session and
in a throw away remark says that in the past she has had thoughts of
killing herself. She is then asked by the therapist to sign some routine
forms and after she does so she finds that what she has signed is her
consent to be voluntary committed to the Behavioural centre.
Stuck in a ward with patients who have obvious mental health issues
Valentini tries to convince staff that she is completely sane and is being held
against her will.
Queuing for her daily dose of medication she comes to the conclusion that
the nurse administering the medication bears a striking resemblance to her
stalker and lashes out at the staff.
It’s from this point on where you start to wonder if Valentini is indeed
insane and perhaps she is in the right place to get the help she needs.
Unsane is pretty good up until this point however once the reveal is made
and the tension is broken it does tend to feel a bit like a routine horror