The Autopsy of Jane Doe: The Character is Dead, but the Movie Thrives

January 8, 2017

Written by Capt McNeely

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I just finished the André Øvredal directed film The Autopsy of Jane Doe.  Going into this movie, I was completely unaware of what it was about other than the brief synopsis on imdb.com.  I chose to watch it because I had heard it was good and I am a fan of the starring actors.  The film is obviously billed as a horror movie, but I didn’t know what type and, in the very best of ways, I didn’t expect what it was.

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I promise to give away no spoilers or even any hints about what to expect, but I strongly, strongly urge everyone to watch this movie.  It did no rely of cheap thrills or over the top ridiculousness.  My biggest issue with many horror movies is that the climax always ends up being some extravagant, highly destructive finale that doesn’t match the rest of the movie. This movie did not do that.

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe established a theme, story and stuck to it with a perfect build and perfect climax.  The story developed and kept me guessing through the whole thing.  There were a couple of moments that I thought it could do without, but I was riveted to the screen from beginning to end.

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Everything that the characters did made sense and the effects, plot, characters, setting, soundtrack, and everything else worked.  Thank you, Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing for writing this phenomenal film.

 

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