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When you don't have a memory how can you remember who to trust?Now and then I’ll pick up a film off my local video store shelve, usually one that I’ve I hardly heard about, watched it, totally loved it and asked the question; “How the f*ck did this not get a theatrical release”? Well “The I Inside” is one of those babies…a flick that deserves to be right up there with Jacob’s Ladder, Donnie Darko and The Butterfly Effect. Blame Dimension Films (again) for hiding this one from us SHAME ON THEM!
The potent themes that surfaced along the way also made sure to make my viewing experience a more rewarding one; guilt, regret and the everlasting question of “what if’ had me hooked emotionally and cerebrally. I mean these are all things that I can relate to and that I’m sure you can to. Especially that “regret” one; got lots of those in my
The stylish visual style at hand come through hardcore as well. Not only were
the stellar locations “Gothically” milked to their fullest but the imagery on display went on to echo an LSD laced bad dream in its eerie/surreal demeanor. I was actually moved by some of the film’s shot compositions, angles and the oppressive mood put out. Last but definitely not least; a big HIGH FIVE AND HIT to actor Ryan Philippe who gave out the best performance of his career thus far (in my opinion of course) and carried the film steadily like a freaking acting champ. I respect Philippe, he had carte blanche to take the “pretty boy” highway due to his good looks but instead went on to better himself as an actor with every project (except for Anti Trust of course). The I Inside was no exception.
I do have some minor peeves with the film, but I stress the word minor and the word peeves (just for kicks). Just like most films of its ilk, tiny plot holes popped up here and there, nothing major but it needed to be mentioned. Slight redundancy also kicked in during the second half of the flick where I was somewhat getting tired of the constant back and forth in time stuff. And…well… that was pretty much that on that in terms of boo-boos for me. All in all, The I Inside was a stimulating, though provoking and visually arresting effort that all came together in the end with maximum emotional impact. If all straight to video flicks would be this good, I’d stop going to the theatres. Discover The I Inside!