When Emma Watson burst onto the scene in the Harry Potter series, she - along with virtually the entire child cast of the franchise - had little to no acting experience. However, in the years since the series ended in 2011, Watson has made a seamless transition to more adult projects, including appearances in Noah, The Bling Ring and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Regression continues that trend, in bolder fashion than ever before.
The film centers on Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) and his investigation of charges young Angela Gray (Watson) files against her father, John Gray (David Dencik). However, when John turns himself in without any memory of committing the crime, Bruce turns to psychologist Dr. Kenneth Raines (David Thewlis, who starred alongside Watson in the Potter films) to help John remember what happened - a chain of events that unlocks an even deeper mystery.
We've already seen the film's international trailer, and now TWC-Dimension has released a new look at Regression, which you can see above. The footage provides better context for what we've already seen, with an emphasis on the shocking discoveries Hawke's character encounters while working on the case (without truly revealing much, thankfully). A new poster for Regression has also been released (see below), and it takes full advantage of the filmmaker behind it.
The above image does a fine job of selling the film's eerie tone, complete with an incredibly ominous tagline. However, it's most noticeable for really pushing the involvement of director Alejandro Amenábar, both by name-checking his 2001 horror film The Others (likely his best-known project to date) and including his credit towards the bottom.
In addition to that acclaimed Nicole Kidman hit, Amenábar wrote and directed Spanish-language film Open Your Eyes (later remade in the U.S. as Vanilla Sky), and he won a 2004 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for Javier Bardem drama The Sea Inside. So, needless to say, expectations are high for Regression, which he also wrote.
His first feature since 2009, the film looks like it could slip into horror movie cliche. Still, with a talented cast in front of the camera and a writer/director with proven skill in the genre behind it, Regression could very well serve as a late-summer surprise for moviegoers looking for a compelling mystery and a few solid scares.
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Regression hits theaters on August 28, 2015.