Session 9

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Universal Pictures Released 2001

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Session 9

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Director:
Brad Anderson
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Session 9 is a psychological thriller directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist) and released by USA Films in 2001. The story begins as an asbestos cleanup crew secures the bid to sterilize an old and abandoned insane asylum. However, in order to collect their hefty bonus they must finish within a week's time, putting extra pressure on already stressful proceedings. The job becomes complicated further when tensions arise between two workers with history between them, Hank (Josh Lucas, Sweet Home Alabama) and Phil (David Caruso, CSI) Ð one of whom is dating the other's ex-girlfriend, and even more so when lawyer-to-be Mike (Stephen Gevedon) discovers tapes in the basement of a former patient and her split personalities. But that's just the beginning. Soon, one of the workers turns up missing and the tapes begin to take a darker turn as the interviewing doctor tries to discover who the mysterious personality Simon is. As tape after tape is played, it becomes clear that to discover who Simon really is, they'll have to continue untilÉ Session 9.moreless

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Anderson, his superb ensemble cast and inspired cinematographer Uta Briesewitz, appeal at once to the intellect and the emotions as they build suspense and tension mercilessly.

  • 50

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    The film, too artfully conceived to deliver many overt shocks, often feels long and aimless.

  • 30

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Little more than an overworked exercise in jostling red herrings, and not particularly fresh herrings at that.

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    Drama, Horror, Suspense

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    Supernatural