THE IMMACULATE ROOM (2022) Reviews of psychological thriller with Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth – now with a trailer

  

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The Immaculate Room is a 2022 American psychological thriller film about a couple that agrees to stay in a perfectly white room for 50 days.

Written and directed by Mukunda Michael Dewil (Vehicle 19). Produced by Daniel Baur, Joel David Moore and Doug Murray. Executive produced by Ryan Reaney, William G. Santor, Andrew Chang-Sang, and John Hills, and co-produced by Max Osswald.

The movie stars Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth, Ashley Greene and M. Emmet Walsh.

A seemingly perfect couple who take part in a psychological experiment that will reward them $5 million if they can stay in a perfectly white room for fifty days. But the room is much more than it seems, and a hidden past and private demons will reveal shameful truths that they may not survive…

Reviews:
“Despite its thrilling central performances and its sleek production design, The Immaculate Room has more ideas than it can hold together, and emerges, quite ironically it must be said, as quite a muddled mess.” AV Club

“Dewil focuses on the strange, sterile environment, which provides a decent mystery to follow, and he gets as far as he can with Bosworth and Hirsch. The Immaculate Room reaches a predictable finale instead of clawing its way to a more realistic one, but the feature isn’t without occasionally gripping moments of animosity and confusion, inspiring viewers to consider what they’d do if committed to the same situation.” 6 out of 10, Blu-ray.com

“Where The Immaculate Room fails on even a basic level is in the conclusion […] I wanted to have more catharsis and meaning behind the affair beyond “money can’t buy us everything.” An important notion for sure, but the ending is too abrupt to be satisfying. Nevertheless, the acting performances from Kate Bosworth and especially Emile Hirsch are captivating to watch.” 3 out of 5, Josh at the Movies

“For the first 45 minutes of this film, I was enthralled with it, thinking of all the places it could go and what these very different characters would decide.  But in the 3rd act, things started to get a little messy […] As things go on, it becomes a psychological thriller that is a little less thrilling, despite some excellent components and performances.” 3 out of 5, Live for Film

“Within the world of the movie, the room is a psychological/sociological experiment being performed by an unseen, inordinately wealthy man, and to a degree, that’s our perspective on this story, too. Dramatically, it’s a character study, although not necessarily of two specific characters but of broad types whose behavior, mood, and interactions with each other are defined by their present circumstances.” 2 out of 5, Mark Reviews Movies

“Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth give decent performances, but they’re undermined by the dull screenplay. Their performances are the glue that keeps the film at least moderately compelling. Writer/director Mukunda Michael Dewil fails to use the set design and cinematography to create a sense of claustrophobia…” NYC Movie Guru

“Dewil injects his characters with great philosophical ideas and opinions without fleshing out their backstories to explain their psychology. One shouldn’t leave a two-handed film and feel as though they don’t know the characters. Hirsch and Bosworth do their best with Dewil’s script, but their lackluster chemistry gives away the character’s lack of foundation from the get-go.” 2.5 out of 5, Punch Drunk Critics

The Immaculate Room had everything it needed to succeed: A great cast, a gorgeous set design, and the kind of provocative idea in which movie-goers love to imagine themselves. Unfortunately, the script lacks any imagination when it comes to pushing boundaries on the concept of human tenacity, forcing Hirsch and Bosworth to overperform at times.” 2 out of 5, Screen Rant

“It’s never a slog, but fine-tuning was in order. Nothing new is said about the cost of money, and the movie has its rough patches, but The Immaculate Room is a passable minimalist offering of monotony suffered for the sake of difference, anchored by two terrific lead performances.” 3 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony

Distribution and release:
In the US, Screen Media released The Immaculate Room theatrically and On-Demand on August 19, 2022.

The Immaculate Room is a clever, constantly surprising sci-fi thriller,” said Screen Media in a statement. “It was a joy to work with such talented filmmakers, cast and crew that made this nightmare come to life.”

Radiant Films International is handling international sales for The Immaculate Room.

Trailer:

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