The Autopsy of Jane Doe

After back-to-back Mike Flanagan and psychological thriller movies I decided to move on from his work and that genre to a supernatural horror movie. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is directed by André Øvredal who is best known for directing the Norwegian film Trollhunter. It stars Emile Hirsch as Austin and Brian Cox as Tommy, father and son coroners who experience supernatural phenomena while examining the body of an unidentified woman whose corpse was found at an inexplicable crime scene.

The movie is a slower burn before the action starts, but it makes good use of that time to set up the mystery of Jane Doe’s death and the oddities of her corpse while building a feeling of uneasiness for the viewer and the main characters. As the suspense starts to build the father and son duo start to notice some strange things occurring around them which is when the jump scares kick in for the audience. Hirsch and Cox play off one another really well throughout this time which sets up and emotional moment for the two later.

I think the movie does a good job throughout the first two acts building the tension, keeping the audience engaged, and setting up some surprising moments (including one big one that really shifted things at the end of the second act) but it falters in the third act. The script seemed to have gotten weaker in the third act and had too much exposition which took away from the moment. A few reviews of the movie I read seemed to be divided about the ending but I personally liked it but can’t say why without spoiling it here. 

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is available to rent/buy on all digital platforms.