"The Autopsy of Jane Doe" was a horror film that I had heard a lot of good things about. I decided to rent it, and during the beginning of the film, I was thoroughly impressed, however, it quickly took a turn during the last quarter.
The first half of the film is a really interesting medical drama/thriller. The mystery is intriging, and there is a lot of good suspense built through the cinematography, sound, and production design. There are one or two unneccesary jump scares thrown in, however, the writing is strong enough that they don't feel desperate. The character development is also extremely good, with all of the necessary backstory coming naturally.
At about halfway, the supernatural horror element comes in, and things seem to begin to become a bit cheesy. Luckily, the film recovers itself rather quickly, and poses an interesting idea. Instead of taking this interesting idea, though, the writing completely drops it and takes another route that is even more ridiculous. To me, the ending of the film is really bad and almost ruined the whole film for me.
The acting in the film is really great as a whole. Cox and Hirsch both deliver their lines very well, however, the standout is Olwen Kelly, who plays the corpse. She is extremely believable and creepy.
So despite a strong first act, "The Autopsy of Jane Doe" takes a cheesy supernatural turn in the second act that it never recovers from. I was expecting more from this film.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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