Deep: Thai Movie Review

Jane (Panisara Rikulsurakan) is a responsible medicine student who takes on the responsibility of caring for her grandmother and sister after her parents died. However, as they were about to get kicked out of their home because of debt, she gets a chance to participate in a sleep experiment that earns big bucks to pay for their mortgage.

Deep has a very basic premise. Students sign up for a clinical trial to extract a substance called Qratonin from the brain which is only produced by the brain when a person is deprived of sleep. Unfortunately, there’s a catch. The participant will die if he or she sleeps for over a minute. Jane and a couple of classmates join the Deep experiment and breeze through the first phase of the program, making them confident that they can survive the next stage too.

All throughout the movie, I found it hard to empathize with Jane. True, she cared for her family and was super responsible but she treated her so called friends like garbage. She exploited Win’s (Kay Lertsittichai) feelings for her, guilted Cin (Supanaree Sutavijitvong) after purportedly saving her life, and preyed on Peach’s (Krit Jeerapattananuwong) loneliness to get her way. She did not spend time with them when she did not have to and did not invest any feelings on her relationship with them.

Spoiler alert: When she asked her friends to risk their lives for the final phase of the trials to save her sister, that spoke of entitlement. Why would their lives weigh less than her sisters? Besides, June (Warisara Jitpreedasakul) was the one who made the bad call. Would the better decision be for Jane to watch her sister get through the second phase instead of guilting her friends to sacrifice their lives for her stupid sister?

The twist in the end was good but it was kind of useless given the fact I could not fully root for the female male character, who was built up by the film to be the hero of the piece. Boo. The characters deserved better than to play second fiddle to her.

All in all, Deep was a tale of caution that if things seem too good to be true, they probably are. If only for this lesson, its worth watching.