Maybe it's all in my head.
Sawyer (Claire Foy) has just moved to a new city to flee a stalker, though she still "sees" him everywhere she goes. She goes to a mental health facility looking for a therapist to talk to and winds up getting involuntarily committed instead. Then she finds that her stalker, David (Joshua Leonard) is working at there with her, or is she seeing things again?
Hearing that director Stephen Soderbergh of all people is going to shoot a film on an iPhone is strange enough as it is. He has plenty of funds at his disposal, he can shoot on whatever he wants. So why the gimmick? Apparently atmosphere. Shooting like this makes us feel like we're actually right there with Sawyer. Like we're following her, locked somewhere we don't want to be with her, it's very claustrophobic. The graininess you see in the trailers is easily forgotten one you're fully immersed in the film.
This is one of the best thrillers I've seen in a long time. It doesn't play it safe and you consistently question whether or not Sawyer is seeing things as they really are or if this is all a figment of her imagination. I think films that involve people trying to get themselves out of treatment can fall into a territory where they make plot based decisions instead of logical ones. I didn't feel that here. Sure, Sawyer lashes out and that doesn't help her, but it never feels like something that's just there for the sake of keeping the plot rolling.
If anyone has seen Claire Foy's work on The Crown, you know how strong of an actress she is, and she is excellent here. I loved her scenes with fellow patient Nate, played by Jay Pharaoh. The surprise for me Leonard. I'm not familiar with his work but I was really impressed with his outing here.
A film like this may not give you all the answers you're looking for, but it gives you plenty to think about.
Memorable Quote: "You're a fucking Simpleton.." - Sawyer (Claire Foy)