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A straightforward, hokey plot unravels during the first third of Inland Empire to ground the viewer before a dive off the deep end. Actor Nikki Grace (Laura Dern) is cast as Susan Blue, an adulterous white trash Southerner, in a film that mimics too closely her actual life with an overbearingly jealous and dangerous husband. When Nikki and co-star Devon (Justin Theroux) learn that the cursed film project was earlier abandoned when its stars were murdered, the pair lose their grasp of reality. Nikki suffers a schizophrenic identity switch to Sue that lasts until nearly the film's end. Suspense builds as Nikki's alter ego sleuths her way through surreal situations to discover her killer, culminating in Sue's gnarly death on set. Sue's actions drag on because any sign of a narrative thread disappears due to idiosyncratic editing. Non-sensical scenes still captivate, however, such as when Sue stumbles onto the soundstage where she finds Nikki (herself) rehearsing for Sue's part. In this meta-film about identity slippage, Dern's multiple characters remind one of how a victim can become the hunter in their fight for survival. Lynch's portrayal of Nikki/Sue's increasing paranoia is, in its own confusion, utterly realistic. Laura Dern has created her own Lady Macbeth, undone by her guilt over infidelity. Even though Inland Empire is too long and too random, Laura Dern's performance coupled with Lynch's video experiments make it magical. --Trinie Dalton
More please. Like the one-stars aren't getting catered for.
I'll never forget how it felt to see this in the cinema. Read more
....couldn't make it past the beginning ... will try again later. The first film from lynch i didn't love.Published 16 days ago by Orlock
I have to say, this is the weirdest film I have ever tried to watch.
It's obviously a cult type of movie that will appeal to a specific audience but I have to say,... Read more
How do you describe a David Lynch movie? Well, often they defy description. With INLAND EMPIRE the Sultan Of Strange is at his strangest, as he was when he made his breakthrough... Read morePublished 5 months ago by sft
If like me your a fan of lynch's early work, this is somewhat a return to form. Atmospheric as always without being totally obscure (still not sure what lost highway was about)... Read morePublished 9 months ago by rpoz
first off, i didn't know what was going on for about 75 percent of the time. That kept me interested.
Secondly, i thought the acting was brilliant. Read more
I have just watched Inland Empire for the third time and it is still amazing and incomprehensible. However, the best thing about this project, in my opinion, is Laura Dern's 15... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sonicrob
Inland Empire is a strange, hypnotic, fascinating, labyrinthine, engrossing, compelling, complex, mind bending, experimental masterpiece. Read morePublished 23 months ago by SJ Coyle