Hypnotic – Movie Review

Hypnotic is a mind-bending film by director Robert Rodriguez.

Robert Rodriguez is back with a new movie called Hypnotic. It is from a screenplay he wrote back in 2002 and stars Ben Affleck, Alice Braga, and William Fichtner. A work-in-progress cut of the film was screened at SXSW in Austin, where it was filmed and that is where the film’s plot takes place. It will be in theaters on May 12th, 2023.


Determined to find his missing daughter, Austin detective Danny Rourke instead finds himself spiraling down a rabbit hole while investigating a series of reality-bending bank robberies where he will ultimately call into question his most basic assumptions about everything and everyone in his world. Aided by Diana Cruz, an unnervingly gifted psychic, Rourke simultaneously pursues and is pursued by a lethal specter. He is the one man he believes holds the key to finding the missing girl only to discover more than he ever bargained for.

Hypnotic is a must-watch for anyone who loves a good thriller. It is filled with several twists and turns that will keep you guessing where it will take you next. This is the type of film you want to go in, not knowing anything about it. The less you know, the more fun you will have. In addition, it looks great visually with a mix of practical and special effects that will remind you of Inception and Doctor Strange. The film is a solid concept but could use some polishing in the dialogue.

Fichtner, who has been in countless films, elevates the film with his fantastic performance. He is one of the best character actors in the business. There is a lot of tension whenever his character faces off against Affleck. However, despite the film being led by Affleck, he does not bring a whole lot to the film. He goes through the motions and comes off as lifeless. Additionally, Braga delivers a performance that will keep audiences guessing about her motives.


I give Hypnotic 3.5 out of 5 stars. The film that draws Alfred Hitchock-inspirations, makes for a solid popcorn flick. It will easily entertain you for a brisk 93 minutes. Make sure to stick around for a mid-credit scene. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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