Review: ‘ClearMind’ is a Chilling Revenge Tale Diving into the World of Virtual Reality

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The thriller ClearMind is out now, and it’s a chilling tale that plunges audiences into a haunting narrative of revenge, skillfully using the immersive world of virtual reality as its backdrop. At the heart of the story is Nora (Rebecca Creskoff), who is a grieving mother coping with the tragic loss of her daughter.

With the innovative therapy program, ClearMind, the film unfolds as Nora seeks solace in the world of virtual reality, guided by her friend Lily (Jenn Lyon). The film takes viewers on a suspenseful journey, leaving a chilling feeling of what’s to come and an interesting look at how Nora is dealing with her grief.

Seana Kofoed, the writer of the film, expertly navigates the intricate web of grief and introduces unexpected twists that challenge the audience’s perception of reality. Her choices are brilliant, leaving you unsure of what is reality and what is not.

As the narrative unfolds, a compelling ensemble cast brings depth to their characters, revealing their vulnerabilities and secrets. Rob Benedict is fantastic as Nora’s ex-husband, Michael, and skillfully portrays the complexities of a grieving father and ex-husband who is trying his best to move forward with his life. As a long-time fan of Benedict, it’s always wonderful to see him take on such different roles, and his magnetic presence on screen adds layers of intrigue, leaving audiences torn whether to hate him or feel sorry for him.

Toks Olagundoye, Jessica Meraz, Kadeem Hardison, Seana Kofoed, and Matt Peters add such richness to the story, creating a great dynamic within Nora’s friend group. Kofoed, who plays Kate, has some great lines in the film that show off Kofoed’s signature comedic timing in the thriller world. Each actor unveils their character’s struggles during some intimate dinner table confessions, setting the stage for Nora’s relentless pursuit of the truth and in her mind, justice.

Creskoff’s portrayal of Nora is nothing short of bone-chilling (can we talk about her standing in the dark with the axe?!) Her portrayal will bring you instant chills as she masterfully embodies the transformation of a grieving mother embracing her inner darkness, delivering a truly terrifying performance.

Between the camera shot choices and the score, which tie together the film nicely, leave viewers questioning the boundaries between reality and virtual reality. Director Rebecca Eskreis weaves together the threads of the story seamlessly, creating a suspenseful experience.

ClearMind stands as another fantastic thriller from Kofoed (check out 30 Miles From Nowhere if you haven’t already). Set to release on Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTubeTV, and Tubi today, January 11, this film is a must-watch for enthusiasts of psychological thrillers.

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