A Police SWAT troop is entering an abandoned factory where a sadistic serial killer named 'The Spider' detained his victims. The entire squad is massacred and for Doctor Leemen, psychiatrist and profiler, is the last unbearable defeat. So, he decide to leave the case and return to his ancient work in a Psychiatric clinic for teenagers. Here he treats Matthew, a sensible and introvert boy that awakes from a coma, who begins to have visions about the crimes of 'The Spider'. Matt and his friend Nick contact Hope, a young journalist that investigate about Spider's murders. Matching Hope's knowledge and Matthew's visions, they have the elements to resolve the case. Studying Matthew's visions and nightmares, they follow the killer's death's spiral from the beginning to the unavoidable face to face that hides a terrible secret.Written by
Ambitious Italian thriller with obvious Giallo echoes
The era of illustriousness for the Italian Gialli movies is long over and gone – more than twenty years already, in fact – but ambitious Italian filmmakers occasionally still breeze in to deliver new movies with plenty of echoes to this wondrous sub genre of European horror/thriller cinema. Some fine recent examples of this include "The Unknown Woman", "Eyes of Crystal" and "The Girl by the Lake". Luigi Cecinelli's "Visions" arguably also ranks high amongst these chosen few, although the parallelism between this film and the authentic Gialli of the early 70's is much more subtle and indistinct. Giallo-obsessed freaks, like myself, will undoubtedly spot the likenesses, but to the majority of normal film-loving audiences "Visions" will probably just comes across as a convoluted but solid, suspenseful and very engaging psychological thriller. Andrea Del Monte's script is perhaps slightly over-ambitious and pseudo-intellectual for its own good, resulting into a confusing and improbable finale, but some of the basic plot-ingredients and ideas are deeply impressive. And even though director Cecinelli and writer Del Monte are relatively inexperienced, "Visions" is also a skilfully stylish, coherently structured and adequately shot accomplishment. The opening ten minutes are unquestionably the best and most memorable ones, as they cover the latest onslaught of the smart and seemingly unstoppable serial killer known as "The Spider". In an attempt to rescue several of his captured victims at once, the entire police squad as well as the hostages die an excruciatingly painful death. The traumatized FBI-profiler Dr. Leeman resigns and returns to his previous job; psychiatrist in a private clinic. A certain time later one of his patients, Matt – an amnesia patient recovering from a car accident – accidentally stumbles upon Dr. Leeman's notes and records on The Spider's case and begins to suffer from nightmarish visions that are accurately illustrating the infamous serial killer's deeds. Suspecting some kind of psychic or perhaps even physical link with The Spider, Matt digs deeper into the case, in assistance with a fellow patient, a sexy journalist and eventually even Dr. Leeman himself. "Visions" may seem predictable and fairly obvious straight from the beginning, but there's a lot more than superficially meeting the eye. It's a puzzle gradually getting more difficult to solve with each piece that falls into place and you only comprehend the complete picture when the entire puzzle is solved. Your initial guess regarding the denouement might be correct, but nonetheless there are several twist and turns throughout the film that are simply too complex to predict. I realize this all sounds extremely vague and maybe even bit misleading, but it honestly would be a shame to reveal anything more and risk spoiling a potentially surprising viewing experience. Try and think of "Visions" like some sort of odd but unexpectedly effective crossbreed of "Saw" and "The Usual Suspects". The special effects are top-class and overwhelming, even a tad bit exaggerated sometimes, and there are a handful of moments of grisly violence. Hopefully this clever and zealous Italian production receives a proper distribution, as it deserves a wide audience.
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