Friday, May 13, 2016
But for those who lived that era of Evangelicalism, “Regression” promised to be interesting. For over a year leading up to this film’s release I was curious to see how it would be handled. Shortly before it came out, rumors that it was just another horror flick and that it might take the subject matter more seriously than the truth merited caused some concern. Happily, it is just what it needed to be. An “inspired by the true stories” thriller about the dangers of hysteria.
Sadly, it is not really a good film let alone great. More like a passable thriller. Ethan Hawke’s character starts out way to eager to believe everything that should be questioned. And, while that is reflective of the actual atmosphere those days, it doesn’t work here. Especially since he is not a believing man.
That is the greatest weakness of this story. There are no rational, believing people here to provide balance. The Christians here are all rubes. Some might argue that that is reflective of the way things were back then, but I am here to tell you that plenty of believers were around who did not buy into the hysteria.
And, for any believers out there curious to see the portrayal in this film be warned. Some of the nightmares induced by the hysteria are quite graphic.