The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
Tommy (Brian Cox) and his son Austin (Emile Hirsch) work together in a small Virginia town morgue. They perform autopsies on bodies to determine the “cause of death,” but when their newest subject, a 20 year old women, presents with signs that they have never seen before, they begin to question everything around them.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe sucked me in because of the 2 leads. These B list actors being in a movie like this tells me that it shouldn’t suck and this movie, for the most part, didn’t. The first 15 minutes of the movie sets up the characters and setting, but once Jane Doe rolls in the door, the autopsy begins. The movie handles the autopsy pretty straight forward and, although graphic, it isn’t disgusting.
About halfway though is when the “horror” starts and I have to say, it is all pretty typical and cliché. I won’t spoil anything, but I just wasn’t scared or impressed with the direction the story was heading. Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch give it their best, but I couldn’t help but feel like everything was being forced for the sake of the film. I wish the movie could have expanded more on the clues it was presenting to us along the way, but the movie ended too fast to allow for further depth to be added to the background of the girl.
When it is all said and done, The Autopsy of Jane Doe ends up feeling like every other cliché horror film out there with the way it spirals to a conclusion. The autopsy aspect was interesting and fresh, but when the movie decided to diverge from detective work into supernatural horror, I checked out. This movie had promise with the cast and story, but it ended up feeling “just ok.” Co-starring Jane Perry, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Ophelia Lovibond, and Paker Sawyers.
6/10 Stars – The cast, setting and beginning to the story is on point, but as the movie diverges into horror, I can’t help but feel the clichés rise to the surface.