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'Unintended: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Elizabeth Lail, Hannah Westerfield, Nathan Keyes, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (2018) 2020 / FilmRise - MVD Visual)

Overview: A young woman repressed the memory of having killed someone when she was twelve years old. Thirteen years later, that memory comes back.

Blu-ray Verdict: This quite wondrous, low-key drama 'Unintended' involves layered elements of mystery as a young woman struggles with years of devastation and despair from a childhood incident.

It starts Lea as a young girl living with her parents in the country. She has a little tree house hiding place and an older man who is her friend.

The family is moving away, and she overhears her parents arguing about getting a divorce. Just before leaving she runs out to get something and ends up in a scuffle with a local boy, and the boy ends up falling down into a hole.

Lea runs and tells anyone she can find - the boy's mother, her parents - but nobody believes her and eventually she has a little seizure and her parents take her away.

Cut to recent time. Lea, now grown up, has some serious mental issues and cannot totally remember what happened. Her father tries to convince her to go back to their old home with him, and eventually she agrees.

Then the first really odd thing happens, when they drive back he, literally, just drops her off in the middle of the road, they hug and he says, "Call me if you get a chance."

I mean, I had thought that she was going to stay with him, but OK. So she drives to her old friend's house, and then she gets a complete recollection of what happens and freaks out that she was responsible for the boy's death.

Her friend comments, quite reasonably, that if a local boy had gone missing or died, it would have been a big deal and he would have heard about it. But Lea is determined to find out for herself.

So, and still in a seriously disturbed state, seemingly facing an brewing mental breakdown at any moment, the story traces her ordeal with fears, disbelief from others and thwarted memories.

Technically, the film is very well made and shot (with the DP making the most of the beautiful Hudson Valley scenery) and there are excellent performances from the lead actors and cast.

Elizabeth Lail and Hannah Westerfield are remarkably convincing as the 'older' and 'younger' versions of the main character, but let me make this clear, for this movie is not a thriller or action drama.

Also, there are quite a few overly stretched coincidences in the plot that might well make you raise your eyebrow to, but overall it holds together as a credible and satisfying story. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Theatrical Trailer
Photo Gallery

Official 'Unintended' Movie Trailer