Movie Review: Visions (2015)

Synopsis: A year after a serious car accident left her traumatized and depressed, a pregnant woman moves to a vineyard with her husband in the hopes of starting a new life. However, shortly after arriving, she begins to experience a series of hallucinations. Are they supernatural? Or are they being caused by her decision to stop taking her pills?

Who's in it? The movie stars Isla FisherAnson MountGillian Jacobs, Jim Parsonsand Eva Longoria.

Review: After watching several Christmas movies in a row, my wife and I were in the mood for something different and, even though I sort of remembered watching this film a few years ago, put it on. Even though there were a few things that felt familiar about it, I couldn't remember much about the movie and rewatching it turned out to be a good decision.

At first, this seems like your typical haunted house movie. Eveleigh (Fisher) sees and experiences strange things inside the house and on the property but, as is always the case, nobody believes her. However, as the movie progresses, it becomes clear there is a lot more going on.

I think the thing that impresses me the most about this film is the mystery surrounding her visions. Normally something like that in a movie would be the result of a tragic event that happened in the house. However, there was no evidence of that. As the movie progresses, it also becomes clear Eveleigh is the thing that is triggering the events, as though it is her who is haunted and not the house.

Adding to this mystery is her previous trauma and her recent decision to stop taking anti-depressants. Her doctor (Parsons) and husband (Mount) seem to think that is the cause of her hallucinations and, when they finally convince her to take them, they do stop. This, in turn, made it easy to wonder if maybe they were right all along.

I also like how there are a number of people who seem to be acting suspiciously. This includes her husband, the next-door neighbor who may be a drug dealer and her new best friend, Sadie (Jacobs), who I at least thought didn't seem on the level, especially with the way she seemed to be trying to drive a wedge between Eveleigh and her husband.

I am also going to admit the final twist was somewhat unique, albeit a little confusing, even for someone who watches a lot of Doctor Who. In any case, I loved how the ending ties in all her visions perfectly and in unexpected ways. If nothing else, the last 10 minutes or so make the movie worth watching.

Final Opinion: This is an entertaining movie that is definitely not your average haunted house movie. I highly recommend it.

My Grade: A


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