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Movie Review: INSIDIOUS [m]
STARRING: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Angus Sampson & Leigh Whannell
Aussie directorial/writing partners James Wan and Leigh Whannell are best known for hitting the big time with SAW, and now their back with this spooky possession tale. When a photogenic yank couple and their three cutsie sprogs move into a new house, we spend a bit of time identifying with their middle-class mediocrity before waiting for something to go bump in the night. In this case, it's their son going bump down an attic ladder after screaming at a demonic old woman. When he falls into a mysterious coma, creepy omens and general evil shit start happening. Meh, what is it with kids these days? Once upon a time, you could administer a good hard slap or simply lobotomise them Ritalin. But, oh no, thats not PC anymore, is it? No, now you have to call in paranormal investigators and exorcists! Sheesh, where does it end?
Anyway back to the movie, the plot line is very predictable (of-course it is the same as every other horror film, family moves into haunted house...) and probably not Patrick Wilson's best role in fact the only one of the actors that really nailed their role was Rose Byrne, who in my opinion was fantastic. It is true what they say, "never work with children" in this case i'm going to just say never work with these children! Every line they deliver is so forced and unnatural, almost as if someone is holding up que cards for them. Apart from the acting let down, set design was really well done and surprisingly there was some pretty call action scenes and few that even made me jump (slightly). Just as well they did something right, otherwise this movie would have been a total flop!