It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Chilean/Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar. He had major international success with the horror/thriller “The Others” with Nicole Kidman in 2001 and “The Sea Inside” in 2004 which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and tons of praise for Javier Bardem’s astonishing performance. But 2009’s “Agora” came and went in the U.S. with little fanfare (this was pre Oscar Isaac as a star), but Amenábar is returning to the thriller genre with “Regression,” an English-language effort starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson. And as a TWC-Dimension picture, it sounds like a psychological genre film more than straight psychological drama though the official word dances around that possibility carefully. Here’s the official synopsis:
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
“Regression” also stars David Thewlis (“The Fifth Estate,” “Harry Potter”), David Dencik (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Dale Dickey (“Winter´s Bone,” “True Blood”), Lothaire Bluteau (“The Tudors”) and Devon Bostick (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”). The thriller opens August 28 and the trailer will obviously reveal much more. Watch it below and tell us what you think.