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"Sects, cults, and mind control."
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.7  (10,691)
  • 70

Faults is a psychological thriller film directed by Riley Stearns that revolves around Ansel Roth, a renowned cult deprogrammer who is facing a career crisis after a series of failed attempts to rescue people from brainwashing. Leland Orser portrays the role of Ansel Roth, who is known for his best-selling book on how to free individuals from the clutches of such cults. He is struggling to pay off his debts, and his reputation is at stake. But when an agitated couple approaches him to rescue their daughter Claire, who has been indoctrinated into a cult, Roth sees this as an opportunity to redeem his career.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the enigmatic and vulnerable Claire, who has been convinced to join the mysterious Anointed Day cult led by Patrick (Chris Ellis). Roth takes complete charge of the situation and decides to deprogram Claire in a hotel room. He starts off by trying to build rapport with Claire, but subsequently, the power dynamic starts to shift, and Roth gets manipulated by Claire's mind games.

Through a series of flashbacks, we see that Roth's own life has been shaped by tragic events that took place in his past. It becomes clear that Roth is emotionally invested in the case at hand and that the stakes are much higher for him than just rescuing Claire. As the days go by, Roth's attempts to break Claire's cognitive dissonance leads to increasingly bizarre scenarios. But who is really in control of the situation? And how far will Roth go to get what he wants?

As the tension mount between the two characters, Faults takes the viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The film is equal parts intense, suspenseful, humorous, and creepy. The mood is often disorienting, and the uncomfortable silences between Roth and Claire add to the sense of unease.

The story of Faults is smartly written, and the film has a great pace. The movie's precise cinematography captures the small details of the characters, and the wide shots of the hotel room make the audience feel trapped in there with them. The film's score adds an element of dread and discomfort that elevates the experience.

The standout performances by Orser and Winstead are the main reason why Faults is an excellent watch. Orser brings a nuanced performance as Roth with a blend of desperation, charm, and vulnerability. Winstead has a more subtle performance that gradually gets more complex as the story unfolds. Their chemistry on screen is visceral, and their body language speaks volumes.

Overall, Faults is a must-watch for those who love psychological thrillers that are unpredictable and keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Faults is a rare gem in the thriller genre that is worth watching for the performances alone, but the story, technical aspects, and tense atmosphere make it a well-rounded film.

Faults is a 2015 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 70.

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