This is the story of a young couple trying to overcome personal trauma and haunting memories. Lauren (Christina Ricci) and Russell (Brendan Fletcher) move out of their city home to find peace in a high security, luxury building in the countryside. Lauren struggles with her mental health and hopes that the fresh start will help her overcome her demons.
However, nothing is quite as it seems as Lauren appears to experience disturbing sounds coming from various speakers around the building and flash imagery from her TV. Lauren senses something is not quite right around her and struggles to understand who to trust, until she encounters Vernon (John Cusack), an unlikely, shady ally that comes to the rescue through a conspiracy theory chatroom.
Distorted, written by Arne Olsen and directed by Rob W King, is a psychological thriller trying to blur the line between what is real and what is in our heads. We follow Lauren’s struggles to handle her bipolar disorder and overcome depression sparked by a recent tragedy whose details slowly unfold during the movie.
Paranoia, cyber conspiracy, technophobia, subliminal mass manipulation and brainwashing are the ingredients of this film where Christina Ricci’s performance seems to be the only memorable element.
Overall, I feel this fairly predictable thriller fails to truly deliver a gripping experience, its pace too slow at the beginning and too rushed at the end.
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