Movie Review: Visions (2015)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2015 thriller starring Isla Fisher and Gillian Jacobs.

Synopsis: A year after a serious car accident left her traumatized and depressed, a pregnant woman moves to a vineyard with her husband in the hopes of starting a new life. However, shortly after arriving, she begins to experience a series of hallucinations. Are they supernatural? Or, are they being caused by her decision to stop taking her pills?


I came across this movie a couple days ago while browsing my Netflix options. The plot, admittedly, sounded similar to at least a dozen other movies I've seen. But, I do like Isla Fisher and, after seeing she was starring in this, I figured it would be worth giving it a chance. As it turns out, it was actually a really good film.

When I first started watching this movie, I was afraid my first instinct about it would be right and it would follow the same, predictable, routine I've seen plenty of times before. In fact, on the surface, this movie is just like those dozen or so films I mentioned. A pregnant woman moves to a house, starts seeing visions and, while she believes there are ghosts trying to tell her something, everyone else thinks it's just because she's pregnant and not taking her anti-depressants.

However, as the movie progresses, it does manage to separate itself from the rest of those films. For one, the film isn't as predictable as I thought it would be. She's obviously getting clues of some sort. But, at least until the movie finally explains what is going on (toward the very end), they don't make a whole lot of sense.

Adding to the mystery is, even though her visions are violent in nature, the house itself has had no history of violence. In fact, as she eventually learns, people were experiencing the same visions as her since shortly after the vineyard was established.

On top of it, her hallucinations stopped the second she started taking her pills again. This, of course, raised some doubt about whether or not she was actually experiencing something supernatural or everyone else was right.

I was also sincerely impressed when the writers finally revealed the truth about what she was experiencing and why. While some parts of this were a little predictable (I kind of figured her earlier accident played some sort of role in it), the overall ending had a twist I was honestly not expecting. And, considering how many of these films I've watched, it says a lot when an ending surprises me.

Final Opinion

If you watch a lot of supernatural thrillers, some parts of this movie may seem a bit familiar. However, the overall film is surprisingly good and there is just enough mystery in it to keep things interesting. I do recommend taking the time to watch it if you haven't seen it.

My Grade: A

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