Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) voluntarily checks into a hospital to see if she can get some help dealing with the fact that she has no friends and just moved away from home in order to get away from a stalker that she’s never told anyone about especially her mother (Amy Irving). When she is forced to stay at the hospital for a mandatory 72 hours after she reveals to a doctor that she’s had thoughts about killing herself her world will be turned upside down. This is the premise for UNSANE (2018) a new psychological thriller from director Steven Soderbergh (and written by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer). Sawyer’s quest starts off as a woman who just needs someone else to tell her story to that she can trust but the nurses, hospital staff, and doctors have a different agenda which is to keep as many patients in their beds for as long as possible or until the insurance money runs out. In addition to having to deal with the politics of her incarceration she also has to deal with the fact that her stalker may have tracked her down and is posing as a nurse at the hospital to get to her.
Soderbergh has crafted a tense thriller that manages to balance the current hospital and insurance politics with the psychological breakdown of the main character to great effect. Foy carries most of the film by herself as she is not a weak character who will stand to be taken advantage of even in the face of her greatest fear – a relentless stalker that will stop at nothing to possess her.
Filmed entirely with an I-phone the film has a very personal touch and keeps you engaged from beginning to end. Soderbergh has a lot to say with this film (as he does with most of his great films) and this is definitely one of his films that should not be missed.