The I Inside

Cover Art: 7/10
The cover is intriguing enough to make me want to see the movie, but the menu is more boring than Speed 2. Well, maybe not THAT boring. Why bring up that horrid movie? Well, as I’m writing this little review it happens to be on TV boring the parts of my brain not occupied by typing, writing, and reviewing The I Inside.

Missing in Action!

The Movie: 7/10:
Sometimes when I see the DVD cover waiting before we watch the next movie I realize I have no idea what it is, what it’s about, basically never heard of it. That’s the case with The I Inside. I like it that way. When I have no idea what a movie is going to offer I can enjoy it about fifty times more than when I have seen trailers, heard gossip, and become saturated with details about the story. I can always hope as the unknown film begins that it will be made by folks who don’t follow all the rules. This is a Dimension film, but this is a company that offers up a lot of semi-independent films that do tend to deviate from the standard Hollywood flick.

The story isn’t necessarily original, but it’s the way the film is put together that gives it a lot of personality. The look of the film is almost as important as the characters themselves. It is darWith some tricky editing that go along with the shifting states of mind of the main character you get a sense of confusion. It’s one of those movies that as you watch you are always wondering what’s coming next. I personally think that’s what makes some movies worth watching.

The I Inside isn’t fantastic or amazing, though I get the vibe throughout that that’s what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish. It seems they were aiming at a twisting turning theme that keeps you captivated and as it unfolds you are always saying to yourself, “whoa, I didn’t see that coming.” Unfortunately I get the distinct feeling that what a lot of people might be thinking is, “What the hell is going on?”, which doesn’t have the same impact really now does it?

Ryan Phillippe does a good job, as usual. He’s got a few challenges in throughout this story that could make his character annoying, but that doesn’t happen. He has to be surprised a lot, worried a lot, and, yet again, confused a lot. I may be overusing the word confusing, but when you see the movie you will know what I mean. It’s a tale that plays out in a not-so-straight line, from revealing moment to revealing moment. Well, sometimes they aren’t so revealing, but they set you and Phillippe’s character on to what you hope are answers to mounting questions.

A man searching for his memory, the right moment in time, and the truth about how he ends up in a hospital with amnesia. That’s all I’ll say about the plot because I would like to leave it as open as possible. Don’t come looking to me to give away the details, that ain’t gonna happen. What I will give away is that this is one of the few movies lately that kept me captivated completely from start to finish. I’m not sure if it’s because I really really wanted to know where the story was going, the style of the directing, the strange ambience, the performances (which were all top quality), or just that we don’t get a chance to experience that thrill a minute feeling only a few movies offer.

If you enjoy being the only person in the room who hasn’t figured out what’s going on, or you like to think you are very clever and figure out movies in the first 2 minutes, watch The I Inside.

Value: 4/10
This DVD has nothing to offer but the movie so I can’t say that over $20 bucks is a fair price. Just rent it and let it go, unless of course you are a Ryan Phillippe freak who has to own every moment of his film career and stuff it on your DVD shelf. Hey, who am I to judge, I have a growing collection of MASH DVD’s:)

Overall Score 6/10