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Hypnotic (2023) Movie Review: Full of Plot-Twist Makes You Dizzy

movie Hypnotic offers an interesting premise about the hypnotist’s ability to get other people to do what the hypnotist wants. It immerses Ben Affleck in a hypnotic sci-fi based B-movie thriller full of dizzying surprises all the way to the end.

Hypnotic movie synopsis

Danny Rourke (Ben Affleck) is an Austin police detective who is traumatized by the recent loss of his son. He is still searching for his son’s whereabouts, while the kidnapper himself admits that he does not remember abducting his son.

Ben Affleck as Detective Rourke in Hypnotic
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Rourke moves on to a new case of someone about to rob a bank, a safe room to be exact. He rushed into the room and found a photo of his son with the caption “Find Lev Dellrayne.”

A man named Dellrayne (William Fichtner) is seen hypnotizing other people into robbing a bank. But he fled when Rourke chased after him. Rourke then meets a hypnotist named Diana Cruz (Alice Braga) to learn more about hypnosis.

A stunning sci-fi thriller

Hypnotic is one of the few movies that leaves you confused and shocked from the middle to the end with not only a plot twist, but many hidden until the end credits.

The initial premise, as shown in the trailer, is that of a detective investigating a bank robbery committed under hypnosis. But after that, there are many other plots waiting for the audience.

Ben Affleck and Alice Braga
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This film was written by Robert Rodriguez, who also acts as a director, in 2002. During pre starting (2010) as well Shutter Island (2010) was released, the movie Hypnotic has similarities in presenting multiple plot twists to confuse the audience.

The duration is not that long, only 93 minutes. It’s been pretty solid telling Rourke’s story and connecting hypnosis with the sci-fi genre. But in terms of storytelling and story continuity, there are a lot of things to consider in order to grasp the intent of this film.

The background, setting as well as Rodriguez’s direction feel less stinging. This film cannot be separated from the image B-movie low-budget, considering the film cost only $65 million to make.

Ben Affleck in the movie Hypnotic
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For a thriller genre movie, there are a lot of tense scenes and new plots that break the premise built from the beginning. Later the audience will be led with a story that we think is compelling enough. Considering this movie focuses on the “what if” premise, so just enjoy it even though your heart is asking “why is it going this way, huh?”

Rely on hypnotic tricks

Hypnotic discusses more about the practice of hypnosis, where a person can enter the subconscious of another person and make them follow what the hypnotist wants. But this film brings with it a more bombastic science fiction theme.

William Fichtner from the movie Hypnotic
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Hypnosis is the foundation for Rodriguez to direct this film in a real twist. Playing with the human perception of reality and what goes on in the human mind. Sometimes it’s funny, but for the most part it’s silly and mind-blowing.

Like a film with many twists and turns, Hypnotic is heavy for its length. Especially for those of you who focus on the plot and the story presented, the last third of the film will feel tedious.

For a movie with a relatively low budget (even less than a Netflix movie budget), Hypnotic there is no charm on the cinema screen. However, there is a possibility that its popularity could be felt more if this film was brought to OTT services and enjoyed by viewers at home.

JD Pardo from Ben Affleck
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The film Hypnotic is a spectacle that offers an experience different from other films. Perhaps some viewers will feel dizzy when they leave the cinema. Other viewers may wonder; so what was the movie about now?

Genres: Action

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Screenplay: Mitchell LaFortune

Starring: Ben Affleck, Alice Braga, William Fichtner

Recommendations for the best movies

6/10

Briefing

The film Hypnotic is a spectacle that offers an experience different from other films. Perhaps some viewers will feel dizzy when they leave the cinema. Other viewers may wonder; so what was the movie about now?

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