Sleep – and its lack of it – is the basis of many thrillers. Movies like Inception, The Machinist, and even favourites like Fight Club and A Nightmare. On Elm Street that has been explored.
What can actually happen to us when we dream, wake, or don’t get the sleep we need. Thriller Thailand Deep, now streaming on Netflix, turns dreams into life-or-death scenarios for a group of medical students.
Jane (Panisara Rikulsurakan) is used to sleepless walking.
The medical student spends his nights studying, taking care of his grandmother and taking care of his younger sister June. And repeated checks on the locks only add to the night.
The professor offered to study German medicine with financial compensation. The idea is to extract. A chemical from the brain serotonin.
Essentially the opposite of the melatonin – they hoped to use it to wake patients in coma. Catch? If Jane falls asleep, she dies. It might be a bad idea. And desperately needs money to help her family, that she agrees.
Jane soon discovers that three more of her classmates are taking part in the experiment; dream boy Win (Kay Lertsittichai), the influencer Cin (Supanaree Sutavijitvong) and the nerdy gamer Peach (Krit Jeerapattananuwong). Students are pretty much quadrupled.
Which supports it during the first two phases of the three-phase level. However, when one of the groups nearly dies at the end of the second phase. The group begins to wonder if this is all worth the money. If only going out – and sleeping – was that easy.
The young cast did everything possible with scripted dialogue, but unfortunately, their performances suffered. But Kay Lercitytay is as dazzling. As Win and has lit up the screen with a million-watt smile.
Ever since she sat down at Jane’s lunch table. Lertsittichai plays the tragic tale of his mother’s suicide. Without letting it get too dramatic and bringing real heart into the traditional role of a party boy.
Dialogue is Deep’s weakest element, so there’s nothing special about it.
Deep down, it can be significant. The premise is that it can be easily downloaded. In the several and different ways. And even jump from one genre to another. There’s tremendous potential for horror. Unfortunately, the film’s muddy script, raunchy performances.
And the odd pace doesn’t allow us as viewers to fully engage with the action. The German doctor, in particular. It is such a caricature show that it’s hard not to laugh. When he brings out his dark lines, which is pretty embarrassing. He’s the type of character that should give us goosebumps, not squint or giggle.
Not only was Deep impressed by his slurred dialogue. But he also suffered from overly long scenes and unfocused subplots. I’m bewildered about how the story went downhill, especially when so much else is at stake. If Deep was in his early ’90s.
Keeping the pace and focusing more on the action and less on the dialogue. It could be a truly memorable thriller. Instead, we are left with something. Which is too condescending and forgetful. Deep’s compelling premise is punctuated. By kitsch scripts, wacky moves, and unforgettable performances.
The beginning of the film has potential, and the scriptwriter might do it for you to watch. But once the plot and story fall (and quickly fall) after Jane’s first visit to an experimental drug facility, it becomes impossible to save her.
Does one wonder how it took a total of six directors? Such a lousy final product?
Jane Panisara Rikulsur is severe and trustworthy in all of this. But her story still fails to support it in any way. Many thrillers and horror films from the Far East. Japan, Korea, and Thailand are set in educational institutions.
And some of them are very effective in achieving their target. It is safe to say that Deep is not on the list above. Observe for the first fifteen or twenty minutes before continuing.