The horror genre has been on fire lately with a brilliant mix of studio and indie films that have been blowing my socks off. Jordan Peele’s Get Out. Don’t Breathe. Hush. Ouija: Origin of Evil. Train to Busan. Eyes of My Mother. Split. The Girl with All the Gifts. The Void. And one of my favorites of the whole bunch, The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Released a little while ago here in Canada but being released this month in the US by Shout Factory, this is one genre gem you cannot miss.
Tommy Tilden and his son Austin (Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch) are coroners in a small town in Virginia who are called upon to examine the body of a young unidentified female corpse discovered at a grisly multiple murder scene. But as the father and son proceed with the autopsy procedure more and more questions are raised as to who exactly this Jane Doe is. And finding the answers to the questions may cost them their very lives.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe is an absolutely brilliant film that creeps under your skin and never lets go. Director André Øvredal and writers Ian B. Goldberg and Richard Naing craft a subtle but perfectly paced nail biter that keeps exposing more clues and keeps mounting the tension until the beautiful ending. And huge props to Olwen Catherine Kelly who plays Jane Doe. She just proves that you can do a lot with a role even without saying anything or even moving. Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch are the pairing of actors you never knew you needed. Cox has proved himself to be one of the very best actors working today with hundreds of credits to his name dating back to the mid-sixties. And Hirsch has always been an underappreciated talent and one of those actors I always forget how much I like until I watch a new character he has created. Their chemistry together as father and son feels genuine and their almost Holmes/Watson repartee is just fun to watch. I wouldn’t want to ruin the plot by discussing any further details but The Autopsy of Jane Doe is very highly recommended.