When I first saw the trailer for Insidious (2011) I got really excited about it; it actually looked like it could scare me. Luckily it’s now available on Netflix and I watched it all alone between the hours of 2 and 4am. This is the best time to watch this movie; alone, dark and late at night. Renai (Rose Byrne) and Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) have just moved into a new house when their son, Dalton, falls into an unexplainable coma. Mysterious things start to happen and the Lamberts discover something sinister haunting their son. The movie did well in guiding me into this eerie atmosphere, but ultimately failed at its final execution.
1. Violins = Eerie Atmosphere. Just at those tension-rising moments arise, the violins cue in and then some shadowy figure jumps out of the corner. That’s not exactly how it happens every time, but the film does a really good job with setting up the atmosphere. Immediately you can sense something is wrong, and when things do go wrong it’s almost as if it waits till the very last minute to give the final scare.
2. Twist #1 is pretty interesting. Yes, I saw the twist coming about 20-minutes in, but it put the film in an unexpectedly interesting direction. In comes Elise (Lin Shaye), a medium who brings in a guiding mystic vibe who introduces the “astral plane”. Suddenly we’re being introduced to a set of new rules, but they get a little murky in execution and things sort of unravel at this point.
3. Twist #2 is utter crap. After the unraveling we pretty much get a twist that does not live up to the first two-thirds of the film. With everything in the open and the monsters no longer hiding in shadows we see how theme park-esque things actually look. Things start to lose their eeriness, and even though some things retain some fear-factor, ultimately I’m left with unanswered questions, and wondering “why the hell were those characters so stupid?”
Basically this movie would have been better if it ended about five minutes earlier, and it would have been damn awesome if they just worked on that “astral plane” angle a little more. But I enjoyed the ride, especially its style and there were a lot of cool, new aspects they explored. But damn those last 5-minutes...