Monday, May 30, 2011

Ethical Eerie Entities


1. Title : Insidious
2. Release date : 1 April 2011 (United States), 19 May 2011 (Malaysia)
3. Director : James Wan
4. Starring :
Patrick Wilson
Rose Byrne
Barbara Hershey
5. Language : English
6. Genre : Horror
7. Official website : Insidious

It is not everyday you get to watch a good horror movie. As hundreds of I-want-to-make-you-scream movies getting produced every year, audience get to have a choice on what to watch when they are in the mood of being horrified. But too bad, most of the time they will just get stuck with a 10-dollar ticket and a movie that is so a waste of time. But worry not, 'Insidious' is not one of them.

With the pieces of intelligence from the 'Paranormal Activity' and 'Saw' creators combined, we can at least expect something brutal and scary from this movie. However, not as a statement of disappointment, 'Insidious' does not provide with any of those two. It is not brutal and bloody, and it is not scary - at least to me. Yet, it offers something that I find a lot more valuable than making me piss in my pants. That 'something' is disturbance.

The movie started with Renais (Rose Byrne) and her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) shifted into a new house. Cut to the chase, their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) had an accident in the house and fell into a coma the next day. Unexpected to them (and as expected by the audience, of course) later they found out that he was not actually in a coma. His soul was trapped in 'The Further', leaving his body empty. Knowing the fact that 'they' could get into the empty body and 'live' again, the deads from 'The Further' gathered and tried their luck. But they had to face the supernatural dealer, Elise (Lin Shaye).

To me 'Insidious' is not like any other horror movies where they play with ugly and horrendous creatures to mess with the audience. This movie is a calm version of being scared. You will not be hearing a lot of screaming in it, and the evil entities involved did not really look evil - except for one or two of them. Instead, they looked like some annoyed circus comedians with bad make-ups and eerie smiles, and they took turn to invade the family. It was like those ghosts were having an individual ethic and they followed it to the letter. Then, as the movie played with a lot of emotions and confusions between the mommy and daddy, it gave you a choice in terms of what to believe in and you would be playing with perspectives from here on. And my favourite part, the ending. It was not really a good twist of plot as it involved a 'character' that was only mentioned in the final quarter of the movie. Yet, it was completed at the right moment - the moment that you forgot while in the movie. Ironically, the same moment will 'haunt' you afterwards and you will remember it even after credits. I found that very disturbing.

Rating: 7/10

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