Prepare yourself for a new take on the psychological action thriller genre with Hypnotic. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and takes you on a journey that makes you question what is real and what is not.
The movie follows detective Danny Rourke (Ben Affleck) as he deals with the kidnapping of his daughter. All hope is lost for Rourke until a stakeout at the bank sets him on a mind-bending journey searching for the truth about the location of his daughter. Rourke eventually needs the help of a psychic, Diana Cruz (Alice Braga), to track down a powerful hypnotist, Dellrayne (William Fichtner), who is also in pursuit of finding Rourke’s daughter.
For me, the first half of the movie wasn’t very different from other thrillers that focus on detectives investigating the kidnapping of a family member. But then the story took a drastic turn that really left me surprised. I wasn’t expecting the narrative to change as much as it did, but it really worked. I also thought that the hypnotism aspect was well done except for some of the CGI that was used in the film. You could definitely tell that the budget for this film’s special effects was not big. The other negative is how the movie ended. It added another storyline into this already packed film that I didn’t feel was necessary.
Overall, this isn’t a terrible movie, but it isn’t perfect either. I enjoyed myself while watching it, especially with the twist that happened in the middle of the movie. The acting is fine too with Affleck, Braga, and Fichtner bringing their A game. If I were you, I would just wait until it hits a streaming service.
Rating: 3 out of 5