I love Emma Watson. I think she is an incredibly classy, female-empowering, sophisticated woman, and she’s also a great actress to boot. So, when I saw she was one of the main characters in the movie Regression, I made a mental note to watch it.
Regression is a “2015 psychological thriller mystery film directed, produced and written by Alejandro Amenábar. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson, with David Thewlis, Lothaire Bluteau, Dale Dickey, David Dencik, Peter MacNeill, Devon Bostick and Aaron Ashmore in supporting roles,” the movie’s Wikipedia page says.
The movie follows the story of Angela, played by Watson, and her account of a sexual assault that occurred against her at the hands of her father. Bruce, played by Hawke, is the lead detective on the case, although he soon runs into some complications with the case as Angela’s father is unable to recall actually committing the assault. Bruce brings in a psychiatrist in an attempt to engage in a concept called regression with Angela’s father, which essentially involves hypnosis to pull suppressed memories from the unconscious element of the mind. After a few sessions, Angela’s father begins to recall what happened the night Angela was assaulted, although he is horrified to discover that the act was a ritual component of a satanic worship session.
Needless to say, things get pretty hairy from there in regards to the film’s plot.
Without giving anything away, this movie boasts an insane plot twist of an ending, and needless to say, it came out of left field for me, personally. The performances from Watson and Hawke are great, in my opinion, as well as the performances from the supporting actors.
Overall, I do recommend giving this movie a watch. It isn’t necessarily what you may expect, and the ending in itself is worth watching the film for.