Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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An efficient little thriller in the found-footage mode.
Pity Carson, but blame her creators for turning her into the least frightening monster this side of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
The derivative formal conceit helps to enliven the derivative plot.
What's most interesting about Inner Demons is its third ingredient: a film crew that stirs up trouble with an intervention-themed reality show.
This found-footage thriller is a ho-hum mash-up of big- and smallscreen exploitation.
Lara Vosburgh gets the job done for Inner Demons with a few ghoulish scares that are worth the price of admission, but not much else.
Once those twists have been established, the film has no more tricks as if the writer and director thought a couple of innovations would be enough to keep the movie going.
There's a disingenuous offering of pathos to accompany the film's ridiculous and violent denouement.
...really sticks the landing with a finale you'll remember.
Very interesting concept, solid film.
This is a film that's more about the psychology behind the reasons and causes of drug addiction than it is a straightforward horror movie. Though, don't get me wrong, the last act is certainly horror-heavy, but it's more about how Carson's drug abuse affects her and her family and friends. It's also interesting to see how manipulative the camera crew behind the action is. They're looking at this from the perspective of trying to have a good episode of their TV show. Whether that means manipulating certain situations in order to get the desired result, then that is what they'll do. So, in part, it's also a film about the people behind the cameras and the reasons they have for doing this job and whether they genuinely care about the people they highlight, or if they're just there to produce a good television show at the cost of all moral standards. So it serves a dual purpose. Though, I will say, even with the film being as short as it is, it still feels a little long. Perhaps that's incorrect, it's just a movie that drags a little bit in parts. Since it's all a buildup to the final act, it can feel a little aimless in parts. You're just waiting for something to happen and, for the most part, the film holds back. While there's some scares here and there, they can probably be counted on one hand. I think the film is hoping that the stuff centered around Carson's addiction, and treating it as such and not something supernatural, would hold your attention through most of it. And that's an admirable goal, because I do think the film does explore, in a somewhat effective manner, what growing up in a violent household can lead to. Whether that is drug abuse, depression, etc, I think it does a good enough job at portraying this. Yet, at the same time, it's not really that interesting. This definitely requires some patience to get through, that's for damn sure. It's never bad, at all, it's actually quite well-made, but it can be a little tedious to watch at times. And it's not like this is the most film out there, but, ironically enough, it works in small doses. I just don't think that, as much as they try, that they mixed in the supernatural aspects of Carson's personal 'demons' in well with the rest of the story. That's just me, perhaps I'm wrong. I will say, however, that when the film goes all out it certainly doesn't hold anything back. The climax of the film itself is pretty excellent. It's not that it's unlike many other films of its ilk, but I just think that the last 10 or so minutes of the film are really well done and have some genuinely surprising moments, at least for me. I don't really know if the last 10 minutes would drive the film into the good territory, because it's not like I can forget everything else that came prior to it and how rough some of it was to get through. And rough in that some of it felt aimless. With that said, I still think this movie is pretty decent and one that's worth watching, if you're a horror fan and have Netflix. If you're a casual fan looking for some cheap and easy thrills, this film won't offer it. I think genre fans would definitely appreciate it more. I did have some complaints, but the last 10 minutes definitely make up for a lot of it. Not all of it, however.
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