Hypnotic (2021) – Review

Jenn Thompson (Kate Siegel) is a young woman desperately seeking to improve different aspects of her own life, before finally enlisting the help of a well-known hypnotherapist – Dr. Collin Meade (Jason O’Mara). After only a small handful of intense sessions, however, Jenn quickly comes to the realisation that there are hidden, unexpected and potentially deadly consequences to the therapy she’s receiving. Not the most gripping release of 2021 but thoroughly watchable on the whole. Hypnotic is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Director: Matt Angel, Suzanne Coote
Writers: Richard D’Ovidio
Starring: Kate Siegel, Jason O’Mara, Dule Hill

Labelled as a murder mystery, combined with small, short elements of horror, Hypnotic is the latest film to be churned out for the ever-expanding Netflix library. Despite the movies more harsher critics, Hypnotic did come across extremely positively from a production viewpoint. The camera work was executed well, as was the easy on the eye cinematography, set design and sound quality, something that other low-budget flicks often fail to achieve upon their release.

The story behind Hypnotic was one of intrigue, but at the same time seemed as straightforward as you’re likely to stumble across when it comes to any modern-day psychological thriller. Granted, there were some twists and turns injected into proceedings along the way, but sadly the majority of those twists and turns were pretty predictable in nature and didn’t particularly challenge the viewer, nor did they manage leave you on the edge of your seat at any stage.

There also seemed to some minor issues with the pacing of the picture – at times, certain developments seemed a little rushed, as did the dialogue of the film, which didn’t come across as the greatest either. For those reasons stated, it was very difficult to warm to any of the characters on display, or invest yourself into them on an emotional level, despite the potential of the entire concept and the seriousness of the subject at hand.

In terms of the cast, Kate Siegel spearheaded a large majority of the scenes, portraying Jenn Thompson, with Jason O’Mara starring as Dr. Collin Meade and warranting a fair amount of screentime too. Elsewhere, the rest of the support cast was pretty sparse and not too prevalent throughout the eighty-nine minute runtime – Dule Hill adopted the role of Wade Rollings, while Lucie Guest, Jaime Callica and Luc Roderique featured as Gina, Brian and Scott, respectively.

All in all, Hypnotic may not be the most must-see film of the year, but in a period of time where new releases are few and far between, it certainly wouldn’t be a terrible choice if you were to sit down and catch Hypnotic on Netflix anytime soon.

“I have general anxiety, so sometimes it’s hard to feel motivated.”

Jenn Thompson – Hypnotic

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