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IN­SID­I­OUS (15)

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Fast-paced com­edy is promised in Cedar Rapids ... but does the movie de­liver?

Pa­trick Wil­son, Rose Byrne, Ty Simp­kins, Bar­bara Her­shey, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whan­nell, An­gus Samp­son.

IF JAMES Wan’s su­per­nat­u­ral hor­ror had ended abruptly af­ter the first hour, it would prob­a­bly be the creepi­est thriller to haunt the big screen since the orig­i­nal Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity. Sus­pense cranks up re­lent­lessly un­til a large knot of ten­sion pins us to our seats, un­able to look away from the un­fold­ing ter­ror. Un­for­tu­nately, screen­writer Leigh Whan­nell, en­gi­neers a hare-brained sec­ond act that com­pletely al­ters the mood. All of that pent-up ten­sion dis­si­pates as pre­pos­ter­ous twist fol­lows ludicrous turn. In­sid­i­ous is truly a film of two halves. Josh Lambert (Pa­trick Wil­son) and his wife Re­nai (Rose Byrne) move into a new house with their two sons. But soon they re­alise the home is not all it seems and evil forces threaten them. Af­ter the ini­tial ten­sion, the lat­ter half of the film nods and winks af­fec­tion­ately to Poltergeist as the cen­tral char­ac­ters jour­ney be­tween the cor­po­real and ethe­real realms to ex­or­cise a malev­o­lent spirit from the fam­ily home. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

BAD MOVE: Stars Rose Byrne and Pa­trick Wil­son.

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