2019 seems to already be the year of high-profile horror/thriller films. If you haven’t seen Bird Box yet, you’re certainly late to the game (even though you have more than likely already been swarmed by the memes). Escape Room commercials have played so much that we can quote the full trailer. And last but not least, we have State Like Sleep which hits theaters this Friday.
Having premiered last April at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, it’s centered around a young woman (Katherine Waterston) who receives an unsettling phone call a year after her celebrity husband (Michiel Huisman) commits suicide in an untimely death. With this call, Katherine is forced to revisit the life she’s since tried to forget. While she confronts her grief, she also attempts to play private investigator (sounds like a smart choice, right?) and is consumed with unraveling the mysteries that haunted her husband’s last days alive.
The film also stars Michael Shannon. And while we were captivated by Shannon and Waterston’s performances in 2017’s The Current War, State Like Sleep is considerably more challenging. It’s less of an intense mystery/suspense thriller, and more stylish neo-noir – and the story can be a little tough to follow. But the payoff is worth it, and the acting is top notch.
State Like Sleep opens January 4th, is directed by Meredith Danluck, and also stars Luke Evans.