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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.