INSIDE (2007)
posted 00/00/2008

Directed by:
Alexandre Bustillo,
Julien Maury

Béatrice Dalle ... La femme
Alysson Paradis ... Sarah
Nathalie Roussel ... Louise
François-Régis Marchasson ... Jean-Pierre

Country: France
Runtime: 83 min
Original title: À l'intérieur

The French sure know how to spill blood. High Tension, though incredibly stupid, had great gore and violence, but this film we'll be talking about is not only wonderfully violent, but manages to be wonderful off-the-wall entertainment without falling into the retarded plot holes of that other movie. Who would have imagined that you could make a hell of a tense movie about a pregnant lady fending off a crazy woman that takes place pretty much in a bathroom?!?

Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, this film is as simple as they get, but as gory as can possibly be. After losing her boyfriend in a horrific car crash, pregnant Sarah, played delicately by Alysson Paradis (Johnny Depp's sister-in-law) is visited on Christmas Eve by an incredibly disturbed woman played by Beatrice Dalle (who was originally going to play Bruce Willis' wife in THE SIXTH SENSE). This mysterious woman does not get a name, so for the purposes of this review we'll refer to her as Apeshit. Apeshit arrives with one goal in mind, to take Sarah's kid away from her no matter the cost.

So begins a blood-drenched night of wonderfully staged mayhem. Sarah manages to fend off the first attack, escaping with only a stab wound to her womb, and hides in the bathroom as Apeshit tries to smash her way in. Luckily for us and the sake of pacing others show up at the house (friends of Sarah, cops, etc.) and end up getting stabbed, bludgeoned, and dismembered in their quest to protect the defenseless Sarah. But Apeshit isn't taking any shit. She knows what she wants and she fights for it. In some ways, I can admire her determination, but in the end she's just apeshit crazy. Speaking of the end, I won't ruin it here, but all I'll say is that you won't see it coming.

I really enjoyed this movie. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did, but right from the get-go it went for the throat with the blood and violence, and didn't flinch once. What makes it work is how realistic it is. Everything in this film could really happen, and just like it helped the original Funny Games become a memorable and harrowing experience, it really goes along way in convincing you that this is all really happening and could possibly happen to you. If you're in the mood for a creepy, blood-soaked and extremely violent roller coaster ride, then I would definitely recommend this instant French classic.

  - Jose Prendes


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