For the fourth iteration of a tale as old as talkies, Bradley Cooper decided to give audiences a deeply self-indulgent piece of Oscar bait. With a two-and-a-half-hour runtime that feels like eight, the film shows flashes of brilliance and sincerity that are, unfortunately, overshadowed by Bradley Cooper’s ego trying to prove he’s not just that guy from The Hangover anymore.
Because this film is already so scantily seen, this Blu-ray release operates as its own historical object that contains enough content for you to understand why this film, of all the old Hollywood revues, got the Criterion treatment.
I wish Unsane was on the level of Magic Mike, Behind the Candelabra, or Contagion, but unfortunately it falters like Haywire and Side Effects, leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth as you leave the theater.
National Lampoon was in no way politically correct, and this film uses that fact to call attention to the legitimate problems with the magazine at the time and the people writing it, making them the butt of many a joke for being out of touch even then.