Ethan Hawke plays a detective investigating the case of a young girl (Emma Watson) who accuses her father (David Dencik) of an unspeakable crime. When said father unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, a renowned psychologist (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories. What they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery. (R – 106 minutes)
“Regression” is a preposterous thriller masquerading as a hard-hitting drama. As a result, genuine emotion is exchanged for eye-rolling with the flick quickly revealing its true colors as something that lacks any real relevance whatsoever. The seriousness with which it presents itself is not only unsubstantiated but also offensive. To make matters worse, it is over-acted and treated by its typically talented cast like a melodrama. Meanwhile, the story spins its wheels and chases its own tail for too long, putting viewers to sleep and preventing them from caring about the conclusion once it finally rolls around.