It’s been quite sometime since I’ve done a movie review. Mostly because I don’t know what to say that would differ from the general consensus.
Lately I’ve spent a lot of time on Justin.TV. One of it’s users highly recommended the movie Insidious. Even warning me not to watch it alone. That it was not recommended. Thinking of it, most everyone speaks highly of it, after all it’s done by the creators of “Saw” so it’s not hard to take the leap into thinking this will be just as good.
The movie started with a very classic Omen type feel to it. I was excited to see what James Wan and the others had cooked up. The scenery was great. Then the nails to chalk board came in when they had this incessant cry baby, literally crying and it made it a little difficult to focus. First half the movie was was just noises and a few glimpses of what was to come.
When the scares did come, it felt more like Scary Movie. It was so laughable, I wondered why so many people were talking so highly of it’s “spine tingling horror”. For me it felt like too many ideas dropped in the bowl and not a single one explained fully to excuse it being there. The paranormal terms were well used I suppose, but even they opened questions that were never addressed. Throughout the story you see other movies referenced and all that accomplished was making you yearn for a good scare.
The ending was light and hardly left it open ended. I sat there thinking, I’m watching the same movie right? I did see the light minutes of action and the hardly scary ghosts. Is there something in the scare factor I was not seeing? I’ve seen shows like “Once Upon a Time…” They are experts in that show at making short spurts of action look awesome. So I know that can be done. This movie had 103 minutes to deliver scares and action to the max on a Hollywood budget which we all agree is greater than that of a TV show, so why was the action and the scares so cheap? Then it hit me. It’s rated PG-13. I suppose that movie could scare a 13 year old, then again, kids that age now see far more gore than that in the video games they are allowed to play.
The person that insisted I watch this movie came to the conclusion that maybe I just don’t scare easy, and the thing is I do scare quite easily, for instance I have not been able to watch Saw or Hostel all by myself it’s way too much for me, while I am aware the rating of this movie is perhaps what caused it to lack in so many ways, it is also true, that kids younger than that are exposed and to some degree understand or at least can tolerate a far better scary movie.
So if you are hoping to watch Insidious thinking maybe that at least the story if not the scares will be worth the 103 minutes. Don’t waste your time, this movie’s story so plain and the scares so laughable, that it feels more like the work of a 13 year old and not the creators of Saw.