The upcoming mystery/thriller Regression stars Ethan Hawke as Bruce Kenner, a detective who (in the year 1990) begins an investigation in the history of an abuse victim named Angela Gray, played by Emma Watson. However, it turns out the truth behind what happened to the trouble young woman is far more complicated than Bruce could’ve imagined – and may be part of a far-reaching conspiracy that involves members of a very dangerous (and powerful) cult.

A newly-releaed international teaser for Regression (watch it above) doesn’t reveal much more than that, offerings glimpses of the dark events that transpired one night, as recalled by Angela through her fractured memory. That said: seeing as Regression was written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar – who also gave us the tricky Nicole Kidman ghost drama The Others – it might be wise to not take everything that Angela recalls at face value.

The Others maintains a creepy atmosphere and sense of foreboding throughout; and by the early look of it, Regression could manage just as much, with its broodingly dark color palette and spooky imagery. Problem is, while Amenábar has earned critical acclaim for his exploration of existential themes and unsettling subject matter before (Open Your Eyes, The Sea Inside), his films are sometimes known for being derivative (Agora) – hence, why some may remember The Others as a Sixth Sense knockoff, more than anything else.

Watson’s Harry Potter costar David Thewlis also plays a key role in Regression, while the film’s supporting cast includes such folk as David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Aaron Ashmore (Smallville, Warehouse 13), and Devon Bostick (The 100). The movie is scheduled to make its U.S. theatrical premiere during the last week of August – a date that, unfortunately, is a popular dumping ground for bad films, which doesn’t bode well for Regression. Maybe this one will be an exception to that rule?

regression movie poster Regression International Teaser Trailer: Emma Watsons Dark Past


Regression opens in U.S. theaters on August 28th, 2015.

Source: Universal Pictures