Before I start with this review, I am going to just let you the readers know that I believe this is a film best seen with as little knowledge about it as possible. With that in mind I am going to keep this vague on the plot and hopefully I won’t spoil too much.
Insidious is a film from the men who brought us the original Saw (director James Wan and writer/actor Leigh Whannell), and unlike that film Insidious isn’t about physical torture, instead they’ve gone for a more supernatural approach. They had done something similar before with Dead Silence (my review here) yet Insidious takes a far more serious (and reality based) approach. The story centers on a family Josh and Renai Lambert (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) and their three children who have just moved into a new house. Upon arriving into this new house, strange occurrences begin to happen and before long their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a mysterious coma. In an effort to find out what is going on and to get their son back they enlist the help of a woman Elise (Lin Shaye) who is some thing of a paranormal expert. All is not what it seems, and twists and turns ensue.
I was rather surprised by this film, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, the reviews had been mixed. Some were calling it an actual scary movie, others saying the third act derailed the film. It is hard to go into a film these days without other peoples opinions weighing on your mind. I tried to just put that aside and see for myself, and if this film lived up to the greatness I had seen with Saw. I am happy to report that I really liked this film, James Wan has certainly progressed as a director just as Leigh Whannell has as a writer and also an actor. There was a certain level of maturity (sorely missed in Dead Silence), and our central family was one I cared for, so when bad stuff started to happen it wasn’t very pleasant. This film is a perfect example that horror need not be all about killing and gore, instead it built atmosphere and it relayed on the audience’s imagination to create a fear factor. It did have jump scares, but it wasn’t something that was constant so when they did happen I actually did jump and get a fright.