Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Ben Affleck, Alice Braga, J. D. Pardo, Hala Finley, Dayo Okeniyi, Jeff Fahey, Jackie Earle Haley, and William Fichtner
Movie Length: 1 hours 34 minutes
Hypnotic is the newest film from director Robert Rodriguez who co-wrote the film with Max Borenstein. The movie stars Ben Affleck and let me start by saying I went in to this movie on a whim since I haven’t even seen any trailers and I had only seen one poster. And I was like Ben Affleck sci-fi/thriller? let’s do it. It was a nice refreshing return to a forum movie, the type of movies Hollywood used to make, no cinematic universes, no connection to other films, just a standalone beginning, middle, and end. But throughout the whole movie I felt like I’ve seen something like this before like eating a Beyond Burger, it tastes unique but at the same time very familiar.
It definitely had that old timey feel like the type of movie that would have come out 10 years ago. It resembled a lot of a movie called The Adjustment Bureau, which if you haven’t seen I would highly recommend it. It also reminded me of Christopher Nolan movies like Tenet and Inception. But enough of what the movie remind me of how is the movie as a whole?
In short it’s entertaining, it definitely keeps your attention and on your feet. It really is thrilling without any monsters or jump scares so I have to give the movie credit for actually making you care about the characters.
Now this movie is not without its flaws although the acting of all the actors is really good, the world building left a lot to be desired. Without going too much into spoiler territory, the movie kept saying somebody was bad but you don’t see them doing actually anything bad. So this movie did that carnal sin in most movies where they say more than they do, to where I always think it’s better to show and not say.
In conclusion this movie is a fun thrill ride and just when you think the ride is over, along comes a last surprise in the credits but as you unravel more of the movie it becomes less and less impressive, overall I give it a B for Batman.