Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Bob Tschilske
What's it about
A dude wakes up from a coma without memory and then seeks revenge on folks and things, all while hanging around a hot nurse.
Is it good movie?
Depending on your mood, a film like Burning Inside can be difficult to watch. Either you the viewer are down and prepared for a slow, brain-working kinda film or youíre not. And Burning Inside is slow and brain-working, and it ends up nowhere near a mainstream movie. That isnít bad or good; itís just what it is. In fact, judging by the movie poster, itís easy to determine its independent production status. Now with an indy movie, itís tough to knock it too much because itís something made with love, not with a massive production budget. So as a critic, I always have to consider if the thing entertaining or not. Unfortunately, Burning Inside isnít. Itís sluggish with minimal dialogue, a nearly incomprehensible plot, and possibly the most annoying background noise in film history. But that doesnít mean itís a bad movie. Itís shot in black and white on fuzzy digital video, but it looks good and interesting. The acting, though sometimes a little on the stiff side with the lesser roles, is mostly convincing. Itís just a matter of taste.
Obviously, I do understand that a movie like this is made to be confusing, to challenge viewers with a puzzle that requires deep thought and awards careful attention paid. In particular, Burning Inside reminds of early David Lynch or any of many who imitated his style, his delivery, his film surrealness. But the Lynch style sometimes creates a f*cking headache if Iím not in the mood. Try a double feature of Eraserhead and this and see if you can survive.
Oh, a piece of advice. If a film isnít going to use music and use the ambient noise instead, use it in small doses. Here, a deep windy hum plays throughout. Not only is it annoying, but it gets in the way of the dialogue at times.
Video / Audio
Video: A black and white Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of good sound (it didn't say)
Behind the SceneThe opening part to the behind the scenes footage reveals a lot about the movie. The actors and the crew attempt to explain what the hell this movie is about, and none of them can. That probably isnít a good thing. (Thereís an hour of material here).
Burning Inside didnít do it for me, but maybe it will for you if you love the David Lynch-early-style.