Movie Title: Insidious: The Last Key
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 43 min.
Who did I watch with?: Keegan
Where did I watch it?: Showcase Cinemas – Seekonk, MA
The movie opens with a flashback to Elise Rainier’s childhood, which prominently features an abusive father, a dead mother, and a terrified little brother. Her family is not comfortable with the “gifts” that Elise possesses and her father takes it out on her with physical and mental abuse. Flashbacks to Elise’s childhood feature prominently in the movie and the movie is much more about her than the other Insidious films. In my previous reviews I described Elise as a compelling character, but that does not prove to be the case for Insidious: The Last Key.
Elise is called by Ted Garza, a man who recently purchased Elise’s childhood home. He has quickly realized this was a bad idea. After Elise arrives it is discovered that all is not as it seems in the home and the exploration of Elise’s history is mundane despite its depravity. One is left to wonder how Elise didn’t know what was going on and how she came out so well adjusted at the end. The story flits around different aspects of the houses and Elise’s history, ultimately making a huge course correction about halfway through the movie that makes it feel like the plots of two scripts were thrown together.
One of the problems with the movie aside from its lack of focus is that the characters of Specs and Tucker who return to this movie come off far creepier than the demon haunting Elise’s childhood home. Their scenes with Melissa and Imogen Rainier are supposed to be cute, but just come off as inappropriate. They feel very appropriate for the Hollywood we’ve had revealed behind the scenes over the course of the past year. I have never been so unsettled by red Jello.
Another significant problem is the creature itself. Much like in Insidious: Chapter 3 nothing is done to establish the origin of the creature possessing the house. It is implied it was created because of the executions occurring at the nearby prison, but no investigation is done into its origins and that was one of the strengths earlier in the series. There was a search for what the creature was and what it wanted and this has none of that investigative quality attached to it.
Lastly, the movie ditches a lot of the things that made the previous movies strong, including, once again, diminished quality in the music department. This time they went as far as to dump the screeching music that accompanies the title sequence and it doesn’t get any better from there. The ending is predictable and far less harrowing than the other movies. It never felt like there was really a whole lot at stake.
Random note; they should have know that guy was crazy. Who wears a hat like that?
The movie is an inconsistent mess from start to finish. While it has its moments, it tells an unnecessary story that no longer feels like it has any real connection to the original, despite Leigh Whannell’s best attempts to put in nods to the original movie. On the whole it isn’t unwatchable, but it isn’t very entertaining either. Skip it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Dunkirk (2017)
I have decided to use the Mayo Clinic’s 7 week 5K training for beginners to be ready to run a 5k by the end of February or early March depending on when one is happening. Day 2 of their program calls for a brisk 30 minute walk, so that is what I did. This was also probably a good thing because my road is still 50% ice from yesterday storm.