Review | Insidious
Released April 29th 2011 | ★★
In James Wan’s latest horror project Insidious, Josh and Renai, along with their three children move into a new house and begin to experience bizarre and unexplainable events. When their son Dalton falls into a mysterious coma, the circumstances only worsen and the family is forced to call in a paranormal investigator.
Insidious has a fantastic first half, there’s no denying. The tension is built at a gradual pace, never revealing too much and always leaving you wondering exactly what is happening to this family and what could be responsible. The story follows a fairly simple haunted house style plot with a few added touches. In fact, the first half really sets the rest of the film up to be a very good, original horror movie. Unfortunately, the second half suffers from very rapid and sometimes illogical plot twists and turns. The cause of the bizarre events is revealed and is subsequently overexposed for the remainder. The mystery the first half held is completely gone and what follows is a mish-mash of different spirits and demons until the twist ending.
It had potential and despite being very well acted, especially by Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Lin Shaye, Insidious is let down by its messy second half.