Regression (2015) Movie Review

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Regression (2015)

2015 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
106 minutes / 1h 46min

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Regression Plot Synopsis:

A young girl is sexually abused by her father. Thus, begins the disturbing tale of a father and daughter torn apart, thrown into the center of a conspiracy that shocks the nation.

Regression (2015) Review

Regression (2015) is a Canadian-Spanish-American psychological mystery-thriller horror film that is 106 minutes and was shot in several locations in Ontario, Canada. Director, producer and writer Alejandro Amenabar (The Others (2001), The Sea Inside (2004), Thesis (1996), Open Your Eyes (1997)) did a phenomenal job executing this film that refers to cult rituals. There are mild suggestions of sexual content in the movie with one exception which is the car scene displaying visible sexual content in a car with no nudity.

Regression revolves around John Gray and his daughter Angela in Minnesota, in 1990.
John Gray (David Dencik - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), A Royal Affair (2012)) sexually abused his 17-year-old daughter, Angela and did not remember doing so. Angela (Emma Watson - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)) gave a written complaint against her father. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan HawkeGattaca (1997), Before Sunset (2004), Training Day (2001), Before Sunrise (1995)) is assigned to investigates the case.

Skip forward - the detectives came to the conclusion that a satanic cult is involved after Angela testified that the people that abused her wore masks and they took pictures of the assault. The detectives use the regression technique to question Angela’s brother Roy Gray (Devon Bostick - The 100 (2014), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011), Adoration (2008)) about why he left their house. Roy also spoke of hooded figures in his room when he was young leading to all fingers pointing to his grandmother Rose Gray (Dale Dickey - Iron Man 3 (2013), Super 8 (2011), The Pledge (2001), Winter’s Bone (2010)) whose house was searched and came up clean.

The movie became interesting as Bruce begins to have nightmares about the satanic rituals and Angela informs him that he is in danger and so is she and it is all because she showed him her demonic mark. Bruce’s nightmares intensify, and he later saw a cereal advertisement with a female that is also in his nightmares - what does that mean? Watch the movie to find out. I was not too thrilled with the way the movie ended and thought that it could have been better in many ways. Overall, Regression was a great mind boggling film to watch where I did not predict the ending, so it was one of those movies that kept me guessing although it was slow paced at times.

The film contains lots of twists, suspense, engaging script, unpredictable, disturbing material/content that might be hard/emotional for some viewers to watch, fabulous acting from all of the actors and excellent sound. One of the goofs I found was seeing a poster of the Polish Death/Black Metal Band Behemoth, which is from the year 2014 and the movie is set in 1990. I would have given the movie an eight, but it was incredibly slow for my preference.

  • Regression Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 4.35
  • IMDB: 5.7
  • MetaCritic: 3.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.5

About Regression 2015

Title: Regression
Year: 2015
Runtime: 106 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Crime
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.18/5 stars from 31,844 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 31,844
MPAA Rating: R
Regression Cast Starring: Julian Richings, Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis, Carrie Eklund, Devon Bostick, Dale Dickey, Emma Watson, J.C. Kenny, Patrick Garrow, Peter MacNeill, Attila Sebesy, Noah Segura, Aaron Ashmore, Adam Butcher, David Dencik, James Preston Rogers, Goran Stjepanovic, Aaron Abrams, Janet Porter, Deborah Grover, Maura Grierson, Adrian Griffin, Olivia Potter, Stephen Hughes, Lauren Jenkins, Charley Jenkins, Luke Marty, Nick Longo, Soloicus Twentius Eightican, Kaitlin Kocsis
Regression Writers: NA
Regression Director: Alejandro Amenábar, Alejandro Amenábar
Production: The Weinstein Company
Language: English
Country: Spain, Canada, USA