Inside (Unrated) Review
Written by: TheDemon
This foreign thriller (from France) started off with great possibilities, but unfortunately turned into yet another over-the-top, what-can-we-do-next gorefest. I have stated many times before I have nothing against gore, if it has a purpose. Some of the gore in this movie does; most of it does not.
The premise of the movie is a woman, Sarah (played by Alysson Paradis), finds herself alone on Christmas Eve. She is supposed to check into the hospital the next day to deliver her child. She has her idyllic alone time interrupted by a stranger (played by Beatrice Dalle) claiming there was an accident and she needed to use the telephone. Demonstrating that she has some sense, Sarah refuses entry to the stranger only to find out the stranger isn't a stranger at all. She calls the police (and if these are France's finest, boy, am I glad I don't live there) who assures her everything is okay. The audience knows it is not.
The crazy gets into Sarah's apartment and that's when all hell breaks loose. I'm not going to tell anymore of the plot because I had this movie figured out in the first two minutes. It seems that directors Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury may have idolized Alexandre Aja work in "Haught Tension" a little too much, because the beginning of that movie also gave away the ending. However, there were a few things the directors here did that I thought worked very well. Their use of lighting and music were both very effective, and they intertwined both to build some tension.
Now for the gore. I always opt for the "less-is-more" scenario because I think your mind can do things to you that most EFX tricks cannot. But the directors here go for the throat. And I will have to give them props for that because they were not afraid to go for repulsive. Unfortunately, that's what I find wrong with so many of today's movies--they just want to repulse.
Nonetheless, I didn't hate this movie; it was better than most of its kind. The directors actually showed they could direct, the lighting and music was very good, and the actors all did a good job. Run time is 82 minutes and it is unrated for a good reason.