The Autopsy of Jane Doe: Movie Review

The Autopsy of Jane Doe Movie Review: Intriguing Start, Blundered Finish

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"The Autopsy of Jane Doe" initiates with promising momentum, yet stumbles in its attempt to sustain the initial intrigue with more compelling thrills and ideas. Set primarily within a basement morgue and featuring only two main characters, the film's unique setting proves to be both its defining strength and its Achilles' heel.

For generations, the Tilden family has meticulously operated the town morgue, priding themselves on their uncompromising work ethic. When father-son duo (played by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch), are presented with the enigmatic corpse of "Jane Doe," devoid of any discernible cause of death, they embark on a race against time to unravel her mysteries. As they delve deeper into the autopsy, they unearth perplexing clues that detailing the terrifying nature of the corpse within their midst.

Ironically, the film's most captivating moments lie not in its attempts at horror but rather in the meticulous autopsy scenes. Here, the seamless fusion of scientific inquiry with unearthly phenomena gripped our attention. However, the film loses its footing halfway through, succumbing to generic thriller tropes. Jump scares feel contrived and overused, while the predicaments faced by the protagonists appear forced and lacking in coherence. It's as though the filmmakers are throwing ideas at the wall, hoping something will stick, only to leave viewers disappointed. Regrettably, the potential build up by the film's premise, setting, tone, and performances is squandered in its descent into mediocrity. While "The Autopsy of Jane Doe" excels in its initial setup, it ultimately fails to deliver a satisfying payoff, leaving audiences with a sense of missed opportunity.

Rating: 3 reels

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