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Clock (2023) Review

This is a review for the 2023 movie “Clock”. This 2023 sci-fi horror is available on Hulu in the United States and Disney+ worldwide.

What is Clock about?

Clock is a movie which follows Ella Patel (Dianna Agron) as she struggles with the societal pressure to have children. After a fight with her father over the subject, she agrees to take part in a new experimental trial to re-balance her hormones. The goal is to make her want children. However, the trial ends up leading to a lot of unwanted side-effects – particularly with Ella’s mental state. It also becomes clear that not everybody is as honest as first perceived.

It’s, ultimately, a movie about women’s bodily autonomy. Ella feels a lot of external pressures from society – forcing her to bare a child. These pressures become too much and ends up giving away all autonomy to society, as a result. The movie includes a lot of disturbing imagery that convey this. A favourite being to visualize women as a clock, with a swinging baby pendulum. The woman has become a machine designed to provide children, rather than a living, loving being.

Less of a horror and more of a psychological thriller, it is a strong new entry in the “woman has hallucinations that make her do horrific things” cinematic universe.

Clock (2023) Review

It’s clear the the director, Alexis Jacknow, had a passionate message that she wanted to share with this movie. It’s a strong one, that I fully support and I think the movie does a good job at conveying it. You will, at points, find yourself rolling your eyes and saying “we get it”, but sometimes – you have to be frank with what you’re trying to say. The message is a noble one and it hasn’t been done to death, so it makes for an interesting story.

The movie is marketed as a horror, but don’t expect a gory action-fest. This movie is a slow-burn, with no real action to speak of. There is an argument that, while the movie certainly contains immoral characters, there isn’t really a villain. Melora Hardin plays an effective Dr Elizabeth Simmons – who is charismatic, but with an air of sinisterism. It’s probably the greatest flaw of the movie that it doesn’t really know what to do with her beyond a point.

The film has a lot of disturbing imagery to show, which I respect. There is some gore and at least one scene where I had to pause, because I genuinely could not believe that the movie had the gall to show us what it did. It’s not quite Evil Dead, but the few horror aspects that are in this movie are definitely stock-full of creativity.

Who should watch this movie?

It’s not the strongest horror movie of the year, but it’s certainly not the worst. It’s an enjoyable watch for horror fans, and for those that enjoy psychological thrillers. Equally, if you’re a big Dianna Agron fan – she has a lot to do in this movie, so eat up.

As mentioned, there is some gore and disturbing imagery. If you’re not sure whether you can stomach that, you probably can’t.

This was a review for the 2023 movie “Clock”. Did you enjoy this movie or did it make you want to end your family line? Let us know in the comments below.

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