HATS OFF to The Autopsy of Jane Doe for attempting to contain the entire movie within the same “four walls”.
The exception being the prologue, (when the body is discovered) and the epilogue.
This is testament to the acting prowess of the films leads in Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, who most of the scenes involve just the two of them, so they have no choice but to carry the story.
Thankfully, we’re in good hands as they take on the roles of Father/Son team of the Morgue in which the film takes place.
Tommy (the father) has resigned to his role as the town coroner, much like his own father and takes pride in his position.
In some cases it would seem at the expense of forming a solid relationship with his son, especially with the absence of a mother figure.
Austin (the son) has spent most of his life trying to fill the chasm between his himself and his father.
He becomes a medical practitioner and studies under his father’s guise, but with one eye on the outside world, whilst feeling forever entombed.
The beauty of this film comes with the arrival of the Jane Doe, and the beginning of their dissection, when supernatural elements begin to occur.
The deeper their investigation goes, the more scars that appear in their lives, and the darker their domain becomes.
The scare and thrill factors are secondary to the humanity that is on show, which some horror fans may be disappointed by, but there is enough gore and blood on show to rise this psychological, supernatural horror above the level of most its recent counterparts in the genre and is a gem of a movie as a result.
– Paul Farrell
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