Hypnotic (2021) Netflix Review

Directors: Matt Angel, Suzanne Coote

Writer: Richard D’Ovidio

Stars: Kate Siegel, Jason O’Mara, Dulé Hill

RATING: 2 Stars

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A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotherapist. But after a handful of intense sessions, she discovers unexpected and deadly consequences. – From IMDB

I wonder if Kate Siegel is ever not going to be type cast in these horror type films. She must have done a good handful of them now, and while she is fantastic at them and she always gives a stellar performance, I would really love to see her try something else. She is equally as great here as she has been in all her previous roles, but it is getting a little stale. Jason O’Mara playing opposite her, is fantastically chilling and as his behaviour escalates he becomes more and more so. He is easily the stand out performance here.

For a film that is meant to be a mystery, it doesn’t really draw out it’s mystery elements for very long. We know almost immediately who can and can’t be trusted. And it isn’t even half way through the film when the characters in the film catch up with with us. The only real mystery that remains after that is why it’s happening. And that really isn’t a big enough question to hold together the entire second half of the film.

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There are times in this paint by numbers thriller that are genuinely chilling and creepy. And those moments are worth hanging around for. But for the most part, this is a story that could have been fantastic, and one of the killer thrillers of the year, if the script was given a little more love and the pacing of the story had been better. The way it is now, it’s low budget is painfully obvious, and it has a very cable-TV movie feel to it. Everything could have been easily avoided if they had just not returned to the therapist again after the reveal. Jenn makes some terrible decisions, the kind of decisions only made by movie characters, and it’s so frustrating to watch.

The film’s approach to police-work is rather lackadaisical also. Police can share basically any information with basically anyone who asks for it, consequences be damned. We all love a maverick cop, they are a Hollywood staple at this point. But this guy is a result of just plain lazy writing. They couldn’t find another way of the girls getting information they needed, so the cop just tells them.

Films with this kind of setting and storyline will always have an audience with those people who really get off on Domestic thrillers and don’t mind that they are all the same. I do mind that they are the same, and this one had some pretty bad writing to go with it, so it’s a no from me.

‘Hypnotic’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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