Jim Alexander reviews “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and “Solace” for The Young Folks



The Autopsy of Jane Doe, directed by André Øvredal, isn’t a film for those who frighten easily or, due to the surgical nature, have a strong case of hemophobia. Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch play a father and son coroner duo in Øvredal’s film, but little did they know the surprise they would be in for them when they performed an autopsy on a young woman, Jane Doe, whose identity is as mysterious as her death. Straying the lines between thriller and horror, what the film delivers in it’s genre ambiguity is its ability to deliver some shocking surprises.


“I see dead people”—surely a phrase familiar to most movie fans. Well, Solace isn’t quite the The Sixth Sense, but Anthony Hopkins sure can see into the future of dying people. The concept of the movie was intriguing, but the execution is a bit more clouded than the visions Hopkins’ character has. The movie boasts an array of well known actors, with Hopkins being the main man leading the charge.

The premise of the film is fairly straightforward, as in most crime dramas the detectives are on a mission to find a serial killer. FBI agents Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Katherine Cowles (Abbie Cornish) enlist the help of a psychic John Clancy (Hopkins) in search of serial killer. So basically Clancy has visions of everyone who crosses his path and he can see their future. That’s a fun power, right?



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