INSIDE (À l'intérieur)

With Béatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis, Nathalie Roussel, François-Régis Marchasson, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Dominique Frot, Claude Lulé, Aymen Saïdi

Written by Alexandre Bustillo
Directed by Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury

What starts out as a frightening prospect with some amazingly tense scenes unfortunately falls into a mixture of gratuitous sadism and confused illogical outcomes.
A pregnant woman lost her partner in a car crash, but luckily the baby was unharmed. Months later she is about to give birth. Alone at home the night before she's due in the hospital, a strange woman (seeming to know her) confronts her at the door and stalks around the house. When the police arrive to check the place out she is a bit more calm, but this unstable woman has slipped in, and is set on cutting the baby from her stomach! For the most part the makers of this very dark chiller manage to keep the momentum going in this single location of a double storey home, the mother-to-be trying to escape the barrage of senseless violence. Additional characters are introduced, but there are many frustrating scenes with predictable results. An annoying trait, not new to cinema but seeming more prevalent as movie themes cannibalize one another, is the insistence on the bad characters afflicting pain or death on animals. In this case, the antagonist would've had far more depth of character had she stroked the cat and let it go than the obvious neck breaking. Audiences aren't that stupid that you need to tell them someone is really bad if they hurt defenseless animals. Animals are already in such danger of stupid human beings that I fear this may set a precedent for morons who watch these movies, thinking it may be fun to try it themselves...
Blatant digital images of the baby in the womb detracts a bit from the realism, but hopefully most will look past this and the other flaws and enjoy this as a tense thriller with horrific consequences.

of a much older Betty Blue star Béatrice Dalle
will be glad to see her in a different role like this.

4 / C
- Paul Blom

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A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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