{Vemödalen} The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

director: André Øvredal

writers: Ian Goldberg, Richard Naing

cast: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Jane Perry, Parker Sawyers, Sydney the cat

I caught this On Demand earlier this month. I'm very behind on movies, but I somehow missed out on being spoiled for this one. Well, I may have had it spoiled closer to when the movie was originally released and forgot about it. I can't be sure about that. At any rate, if you don't want to have it spoiled, I will say up front that I think it's a movie worth checking out. Solid acting and movie making in it, and there was actually a decent chunk of the movie that had a good tension about it.

Spoilers after the image

So, I really dug this movie for the most part. In my book, it's difficult to go wrong in a movie if it has certain actors in it and Brian Cox is on that list for me. For the majority of the movie, it's just Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch and a naked half autopsied body that might have been a prop body or Olwen Catherine Kelly for the majority of the movie. They had a good chemistry together (Cox and Hirsch), and there were some really good moments of tension and audible "aaaaawwww god" from me. The fact that they kept the movie so small in terms of locations, the fact that it was so closed in, really worked for me.

All that being said, there was a turn in this movie that kind of deflated the ending for me. I'm not sure if it was where Cox's character does this huge exposition monologue or just the fact that they both end up dying or what, but when the night ended (the movie happens over the course of one night) and the sheriff shows back up to find them both dead, I just felt let down. I'm sure if I weren't brain damaged in the communication area or if I were better versed in the language of film, I could express what exactly about the ending that left me with the disappointed Kermit face. I liked the whole Salem witch trials aspect. I liked that they assumed Jane Doe had been an innocent victim of the trials, that she was tortured and brutalized before she was killed, and then somehow, after death, became a "living" curse to anyone who had the misfortune of finding her body. And yet, still disappointed at that ending.

Maybe it was because Cox's character tells Jane Doe that he'll take on her suffering so that she'll stop doing whatever it is that she's doing (if, in fact, she is doing anything at all), and it doesn't change the outcome of both characters dying. It was almost like giving a force of nature a purpose or motive for the events that unfold when it would have been better never to have done that in the first place and just let shit hit the fan. Sometimes, there doesn't need to be an explanation to the horror because sometimes horrible things don't have an explanation. They just happen.

I don't know. Like I said, for the majority of the movie, I was into the whole thing. The landing just didn't stick quiet as well. It was still worth watching.