On the way home from a seemingly fraught Thanksgiving dinner with her parents, Ray (Sam Worthington) and Joanne Monroe (Lily Rabe) pull over at a gas station so their six year old daughter, Peri (Lucy Capri) can go to the bathroom. Here Peri falls in an open construction site and breaks her arm. Ray rushes them to the hospital and Peri is taking for a CAT scan accompanied by Joanne. When his family fails to re-emerge, Ray becomes convinced that the hospital has done something nefarious to them but there’s no record of their admission.
I was recommended this Netflix original film by a friend so I had no idea what it was about when I started watching it. Initially I thought it might be some kind of marital disharmony thriller as Ray and Joanne are on the verge of breakup. I then started to wonder if it was going to be one of those hillbilly murder horrors based on the weird gas station attendant. Ultimately it’s a psychological thriller with a good few twists and turns that will have you questioning what to believe.
I was fairly intrigued by what was going on in the hospital as there were several hints that all was not as it seemed. There were also several hints that Ray’s experience of things around him may not be entirely accurate. There’s only so much you can convey with high pitched ringing noises and moody lighting though and I am not sure it was as effective as director, Brad Anderson hoped.
I am not a Sam Worthington fan and I generally find him very wooden but he actually did a passable job of being really distressed trying to find his family. The other actors were… fine. No one was particularly memorable. I was surprised because Lily Rabe is always one of the star players in American Horror Story. Her behaviour often felt somewhat inauthentic but that could be because of the role she was playing, which I can’t describe too intently without spoilers.
It’s a decent watchable thriller but I have seen the unreliable narrator trope done so much better before… Fight Club, The Machinist, Shutter Island… Fine if you’re bored.