Regression tells the story of a detective (Ethan Hawke) and a psychoanalyst (David Thewlis) that try to solve a crime related to a satanic ritual abuse involving Angela (Emma Watson), a young woman.
Bruce Kenner, is a reputable detective in a small town. One day he is assigned to a case involving the rape of a teenage girl. In order to solve the case as soon as possible he asks for the help of Kenneth Raines, a psychoanalyst who usually helps with cases that need his expertise. Even though, in the beginning, it appears to be a simple case, the more they get into it, the more complicated it becomes.
As soon as they talk to the abuser, who happens to be Angela’s father, they realize there’s more to the story than it meets the eye. They start investigating their whole family, even Angela, who seems reluctant to tell her story in the beginning. None of them remember anything, except Angela, that keeps repeating the same thing: her whole family was part of a satanic cult and they used to do all kinds of rituals in their house.
As time passes by they all start remembering things related to rituals. Even the detective has all kinds of ‘real’ dreams that makes him think they’re trying to recruit him.
In the end, however, the detective realizes the truth, and solves the case.
The movie has an interesting story that draws you into it since, apparently, it’s based on a true story, making it more appealing to the general public.
The music, I believe, was well chosen, however I don’t think the characters had any kind of consistency and depth, except maybe the detective.
Ethan Hawke did a fairly decent job with the character, while David Thewlis did the best he could with what was given to him. Emma Watson’s performance, on the other hand, kind of left me with mixed feelings about it. I’m not sure if she did a terrible job portraying her character, or the character was the one who was just plain terrible.
Also, you kinda figure out who the ‘criminal’ is, pretty early in the movie, except you don’t know the reason why.
All in all, Regression was, let’s say, a decent movie with fairly average performances and some really dull characters.
Verdict: As much as I love Emma Watson this movie is a ‘no-no’.