Shut In (2016)
Running time: 91 minutes
Director: Farren Blackburn
Cast: Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay
Out NOW on UK DVD from Arrow Films
A strong cast head up this psychological thriller whose script was plucked from the 2012 Blacklist; a list of the best unproduced screenplays of the year. So, in some respects, Shut In has a lot to live up to from the very outset.
Naomi Watts plays Mary Portman, a clinical psychologist who has reluctantly agreed to send her eighteen year old son, Stephen, away from home due to his increasingly out of control behaviour. Her husband re-assures her it is for the best but after he and Stephen leave, an argument results in a horrific car accident, killing father and leaving Stephen (Charlie Heaton, fresh from the Netflix hit Stranger Things) unresponsive and wheelchair bound.
Skipping six months forward, Mary struggles to cope alone with her severely disabled son whilst still running her practice. They live remotely … Continue reading