Regression (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis, Emma Watson
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Anchor Bay
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
I will start this out by saying that Regression is a movie that does do some things very well. I think we have a solid story being told here and I think it goes in enough surprising directions that it will at least grab your attention and keep you wanting to see how it ends even if the movie might not be a classic by any means. We have some uneasy moments here and there along the way. I think you can’t have a movie that deals with a subject like this without having some moments that make you squirm a bit. Emma Watson is a great actress and I think she may be the very best part of this movie. I’ve never seen her turn in a bad performance, to be honest with you. I think most people that go into this thing will be singing her praises regardless of if you end up liking the movie overall or not. So even if the movie does have some flaws (we’ll get into that in a minute), you can at least appreciate some things about it and the twist, turns, and Emma Watson is perhaps things one would want to tout first and foremost. But now let us talk for a minute about what people might not dig some much while watching Regression.
Yes, we have twists and turns along the way but I think Stevie Wonder could probably see where this one is going. It just seems like if you’ve seen enough of these types of movies you can take a guess where things might be heading even if they do take a few different paths along the way. Regression is not reinventing the wheel in those regards. I also think the movie drive a whole through logic more than once and it usually comes in the form of the legal side of things and how things are handled. I’m not a cop or am I a lawyer, but we see the authority side of things in the movie overstep their areas and do things that just don’t seem logical at all. So, Regression is a mixed bag, but it isn’t awful. It lets you down here and there but you also get enough to keep you watching at least. The movie looks good here on Blu-ray as well and comes with some interesting features you can dive into if you do find yourself making a connection overall with this one.
– Ethan Hawke – Bruce’s Obsession
– Emma Watson – The Complexity of Angela
– The Cast of Regression
– The Vision of Regression
Quality of Transfer: 96%