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INSIGHT
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Reviewed by: Pat Torfe

Directed by: Richard Gabai

Starring:
Natalie Zea
Sean Patrick Flannery
Adam Baldwin
Christopher Lloyd

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What's it about

While assisting with the resuscitation of a stabbing victim, an ER nurse named Kaitlyn is accidentally electrocuted by a faulty defibrillator. After recovering from this, Kaitlyn learns that the woman has died - yet she feels like she had communicated with the woman. Soon, Kaitlyn begins having visions of the victim's stabbing and, unhappy with the police investigation, decides to play Frank Black and try to help in the investigation.

Is it good movie?

I loved Millennium. To me, the show was at times better than its bigger brother The X-Files. Lance Henriksen fit the part of a freelance forensic profiler with a special gift to see the world through the eyes of a killer perfectly. But enough of my useless rambling. I only mention this because the character of Kaitlyn in INSIGHT reminded me of Frank Black with her unique gift. With that out of the way, does the film make for a unique thriller with a twist as good as an episode of Millennium?

INSIGHT's positives begin with the ensemble cast. Leading lady Natalie Zea carries the film with a great performance, particularly during the film's climax. Ultimately (and unfortunately) though, her name is dwarfed by the star power of the likes of Sean Patrick Flannery, Adam Baldwin, and in an especially creepy cameo as the victim's neighbour, Christopher Lloyd. That said, Flannery and Baldwin are solid, but aren't really challenged by the material presented.

Unfortunately, INSIGHT comes across as barely more than a made-for-TV film. There's nothing that particularly sticks out for this film, despite the solid acting and the unique premise. The fault lies in the film's middle which drags along, offering up characters who hide secrets that in the end don't hold any relevance to the film's plot and are never really seen again once their secrets are uncovered. Also, the fact that the detectives involved in the case are willing to share information with an ER nurse looking to play gumshoe doesn't really strike me as being all that realistic. That, and the fact that the detectives dress like Humphrey Bogart.

INSIGHT isn't a bad thriller, but just doesn't stick out amongst the dime-a-dozen TV thrillers that you'd see on NBC and the like. The cast are strong in their roles and deliver good performances, but again, there's nothing that really makes the film stand out, even with the added twist in the Kaitlyn character. It's a fire and forget film, but it at least holds moderate entertainment value.

Video / Audio

Video: Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the presentation is a sharp one. The transfer has good colours, with solid blacks and good detail.

Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track matches up with the video perfectly. Dialogue is clear without any distortion. Also available is a French 5.1 Surround mix and an English Dolby 2.0 Stereo.

The Extras

Aside from startup trailers for ABSENTIA, BROTHERHOOD, FORGET ME NOT, LUCKY, and ANOTHER HAPPY DAY, there's the film's trailer along with a short Behind the Scenes featurette that features cast and director comments but little else.

Last Call

In spite of the strong cast, INSIGHT isn't one that would stand out of a lineup for must-see thrillers. It still manages to entertain on some level. The DVD is about what you'd expect from a film of this nature, with a strong presentation and a pithy behind the scenes featurette.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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