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Unconscious | Film review - Kate Bosworth keeps her cool in slow-burn psychological horror thriller

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An amnesiac man (Wes Bentley) wakes up following an accident to find a woman (Kate Bosworth) he doesn't recognise standing over his bed, claiming to be his wife. But is she his carer or his captor?

Titled Unconscious in the UK but Amnesiac in the States, this slow-burn psychological horror thriller has echoes of Stephen King's Misery yet very little of that film's chilling suspense or dark humour.

It doesn't help that Bosworth's icy character is all too clearly up to no good from the start, making the story's long-delayed twist revelation very much an anti-climax. Admittedly, director Michael Polish (Bosworth’s real-life husband) does deliver some very stylish touches. An aural match cut from what we anticipate will be a blow from a trepanning instrument to a knock at the door from an unexpected visitor proves a deft directorial trick.

And the sight of a fur-coat-wearing Bosworth wielding a blood stained power tool is a striking visual coup. The chillingly poised Bosworth keeps her cool throughout, too. Yet for the most part the story is too slackly stretched to sustain the tension the film needs to keep us gripped.

Certificate 15. Runtime 81 mins. Director Michael Polish.

Unconscious is available for download from 24th August and on DVD from 31st August, courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.