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Like being the only sober one at a party
on 7 June 2013
If you had the opportunity to watch some home movie footage of someone else's party, would you watch it? I'm not talking about someone you know, but some complete strangers. Would you be interested in watching them jabber on about their lives? If you did, I doubt you'd stay with the `film' for long.
However, that is what passes as `character development' in The Inside. The first twenty minutes are basically a home movie of a handful of girls chatting in a warehouse for someone's party. Then, when the `threat' kicks in, we're expected to feel something for these people.
The whole film is `found footage' - a genre that is getting more and more overused in horror by the day. So, expect shaky camerawork and all the other clichés that accompany it. Here we have lots of shouting, lots of crying and some random horror elements that have been thrown in to supposedly scare us.
The result: a mess (and a particularly boring one at that).
If you like horror, or are a fan of the `found footage' genre, then you'll already have seen a dozen films better than this. My advice: don't bother. Or, if you want to see a film where nasty men abuse innocent young women, try Hostel Part II - at least it has a budget and proper actors, plus a story and characters you care about. Avoid this like the plague.
I have no idea why this film as so many 4 or 5/5 reviews on Amazon. They must have watched a very different film to me.