The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a tricky film to review since even the tiniest reveal could spoil the fun. All I knew about this film was what I have seen in the trailer. I am happy to report that this is one of those rare trailers that doesn't give a thing away yet intrigues you to watch. So do feel free to check it out if you want. But for the ultimate viewing experience I advise you to go in blindly.
I can't tell you how delighted I was to find out that The Autopsy of Jane Doe was a very different film than I expected it to be. It does a very good job of keeping you in suspense about what is going on. But even when you find out the film manages to keep events tense since then you realize the stakes gotten higher. Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch are excellent as father and son, both coroners, who are given a body (Jane Doe) to perform an autopsy on. Sherrif Burke (Michael McElhatton who you might know from Game of Thrones) needs a cause of death ASAP and therefore son Austin feels obliged to help out his father to speed up things. Normally viewing an autopsy would either be gross or boring and while the film never spares you it remains fascinating to see the coroners solve the puzzles piece by piece. Although I would not recommend eating while watching this film.
Don't pay attention to people who have been giving this film negative reviews. Whatever their beef is I can assure you that they are wrong. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is mostly old school horror with emphasis on atmosphere and buildup of tension and suspense. It's not the violent or gory type although make no mistake the autopsy as far as I can tell looked quite realistic and definitely is for the faint of heart. Director André Øvredal has impressed me and I am certainly going to check out Troll Hunter as soon as possible. A must watch if you ask me.