State Like Sleep – ★★✩✩✩

Certificate – 15
Directed By – Meredith Danluck
Starring – Katherine Waterston, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans
Running Time – 104 Minutes (1 Hour 44 Minutes)

Sometimes watching films released by small distributors compared to the big studios like Universal, Warner Bros, Disney is an interesting thing. Sometimes you can find hidden gems, for example, Moon Dogs (a small British Indie) and She’s Missing (a brilliant thriller starring Eiza Gonzalez).

My hope was there again this time for this thriller as the trailer looked interesting and had a decent cast, who doesn’t love Katherine Waterston?

What Is State Like Sleep About?

Katherine Grand (Waterston) who one year after the sudden death of her celebrity husband, receives a phone call that pulls her back to Brussels and the life there that she’s tried to forget. Once back, she discovers a web of secrets that compel her to unravel the mysteries surrounding Stefan’s last days.

Is It Any Good?

The story is an interesting idea and it’s easy to see why the talent they got would want to do this film as it tackles subjects like love, suicide and grief but it didn’t work and I’ll talk about it in a second.

Meanwhile, the main cast is good and deliver decent performances.

The only real good thing I can say is it stars Waterston. She looks stunning in every shoot (it’s amazing what insomnia can do for you).

Furthermore, it’s great that she was able to carry this type of movie doing well despite the material she got. If only the plot was stronger then I think we would’ve heard more about this movie.

Evans and Shannon brought decent support roles.

Anything Bad About The Film?

I hate to say it, but it’s not a good movie. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing awful about it. It’s just incredibly dull and boring and for a thriller that’s not very good.

I worked out the story with less than an hour to go.

It’s a shame because as I said above it’s an interesting idea, just nothing happens and when we finally get the reveal near the end you’ll either won’t care or bored to tears and annoyed as it leaves with one big question unanswered.


If you love Katherine Waterston, check it out. Besides that, it’s was an interesting idea that was ultimately dull.

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