Insidious: The Last Key
Insidious: The Last Key – A horror flick that fails to chill or thrill owing to sloppy and predictable script
Movie Review by Annie Cynthia (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Parapsychologist, Elise Rainier embarks on a liberating visit to her childhood home, The Five Keys, in an effort to destroy the evil she had once set loose, accidentally, into the living world. We follow the journey of her dark past, secrets, pain, love, hate and salvation. The fourth and final instalment of the Insidious franchise is equally dark and twisted as its sequels and the prequel. But this one is full of cliched sequences and lacks the energy or pace of previous films.
Blumhouse and Studio 6 productions teases us with its spooky theme before we get to see the real picture. Director Adam Robitel takes us to New Mexico of 1953, which was Elise Rainier’s childhood home. We see a young Elise with her brother, father and mother. Elise’s tendencies to foresee the paranormal are brushed aside by her father but her mother embraces them. On a fateful day, she accidentally unlocks the door to the “further”, setting free a demon with mind controlling powers. The events following this incident lead to tragic incidents including her mom’s death.
The movie moves to present where Elise receives a phone call from the current resident of her ancestral home, seeking help with the paranormal occurrences. Determined to tie the loose ends, Elise sets off to look into the matter along with her quirky assistants, Specs and Tucker. Elise meets her brother, Christian and her two nieces, Imogen Rainier and Melissa Rainier. When Mellisa is attacked by the demon and her mind enters “the further”, it is up to Elise to connect with the supernatural to save her niece.
The twists are darker than the previous films, but the story lacks soul and the vigour to make it outstanding. The lag in screenplay and predictable sequences makes you question the love for the franchise. Jump scares and few sinister scenes are guaranteed and yes, we greet a new demon, thanks to writer, Leigh Whannell. Leigh also plays the role of Specs, one of the two sidekicks to Elise. Tucker played by Angus Sampson is cheeky and draws a few laugh with his lovesick attitude and signature punchline, “She is psychic, we’re the sidekick”. Lin Shaye reprises her role as Elise Rainier and does manage to get into the heart of the character. Josh Gerald plays Gerald Rainier, the abusive father of Lin, who becomes one of the victims of the demon’s mind control. He is also great to watch on screen. Elise’s relationship with her long-lost brother Christian Rainier, played by Bruce Davison, lacks warmth and does not trigger empathy for the character. The film’s closure connects with the first film of the franchise, a sequel, the 2010 Ïnsidious.
We hear the familiar ominous score by Joseph Bishara and that almost plays out as a character in the film and gives you those rare goosebump-inducing moments in the film.
The otherworldly is battling to enter our world and our final hope is in Elise to save the day. Insidious: The Last Key has its moments of spook and many new characters supporting its story. But it lacks the shock value that you would associate with supernatural horror flicks. Infact, there are times when you might end up laughing at crucial plot points and there you know, something is wrong with the film.