103 Min | Horror – Thriller | April 2011
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins
Insidious Review: “Insidious” revolves around the perfect couple. Beautiful kids. A new home. It’s all smooth sailing until Dalton is in a supposed “coma”, but the actual reality is that he’s haunted. What will Dalton’s family do to stop this entity? First of all, many complain that the second act bogs down the film and is inferior to its first half. I wholeheartedly disagree. I think as a whole the film is just fine. Yes, there’s a drastic tonal shift mid-way, but that doesn’t detract from the experience. The first half plays a typical haunted house flick, except it’s actually scary, and the suspense is well built. Then the second half is like a cross between “Poltergeist”, “House of Wax”, and a little of “Beetlejuice” sprinkled in for good measure.
Furthermore, the performances while nothing to write home about, are pretty decent to say the least. The two leading protagonists do their job and Dalton is pretty solid given what he had to work with. Moreover, the script is very inventive, and has multiple twists and turns. Yes, this isn’t the most unique screenplay, but it still stands on its own, and is actually quite effective. To top it off, the production is just very beautiful. Insidious is very easy on the eyes when it comes to cinematography and location. Now the question everyone is dying to hear. Is it scary? I’d say yes, but don’t get too carried away. If you walk in thinking your going to have nightmares, or if you’re going to see Rosie O’ Donnell, chances are you’ll be a little disappointed. However, if you’re going in expecting a creepy thriller that just happens to have a few intense moments, you’ll be in for a fun night out.
With a restraint heavy PG-13 rating, and a middle-of-the-road concept, “Insidious” isn’t looking too pretty. However, looks can be deceiving. This is one movie that doesn’t mess around, and doesn’t play it safe either. I can easily say I will be revisiting this film from time to time just because it’s so fun. You’ll laugh, you’ll jump, you’ll be entertained. This is what a fun night out should be like. Get your large popcorn and soda, and sit along with the crowd. Be prepared for a good time.
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