The Autopsy of Jane Doe

We’ve all seen the autopsy room in the morgue on crime shows like CSI. What we haven’t seen is havoc in the same room. It’s remarkable when a film can create suspense and intrigue in just one room and The Autopsy of Jane Doe manages it well. I liked it a lot and certainly found it interesting. It’s rare when a film holds my attention this powerfully from credits to credits. I do have some reservations but overall I can highly recommend it.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

“A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.” -IMDB


Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton

Directed by

André Øvredal

Written by

Ian B. Goldberg, Richard Naing

Other Info

Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Fri 23 Dec 2016 UTC
IMDB Rating: 6.8

I like movies that take me somewhere I’ve never been and I don’t know where I’m going. This film started out like that as they hauled in a nameless cadaver and attempted to find a COD. Toward the middle and three-fourths region, it started getting really complicated. This worked for the plot and intrigue but I must admit I sort of lost what was happening.

I don’t like movies I don’t understand. There may be something more to this film I didn’t catch but I didn’t really care to watch it again and find that out. For that reason, I’d say the movie fails on one level. It’s exciting, gory, and suspenseful but at the same time it presents a backstory that really doesn’t fit as a puzzle piece. It works as it is and is certainly an enjoyable and scary film but I wish they would have made the solution to the mystery simpler. I didn’t get it.

I’n happy to reccomend this horror film to fans of the genre. If you saw it already, I’d love to get your comments. This is one we could talk about for hours. Anyone care to make me a backstory believer?

Author: Damien Riley

Hopelessly devoted to movies from way back when I first saw "Pete's Dragon." In 1977, it sealed the deal when I saw "Star Wars." I write about the movies I see, whether I like them or not. Sometimes I like them more than words can express! Thanks for checking out my movie reviews!

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