20 May 2012

Movies: The Devil Inside

The Devil Inside (2012) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560985/


When Isabella was but a wee child her mother went sort of nuts. Of course her family thought she was possessed by the devil, so they called in the church. After killing two priests and a nun who tried to perform a non-Church-sanctioned exorcism she was arrested and eventually diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder. After that diagnosis she was found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to an asylum just outside of Rome. Italy. That is odd considering Isabella's family lived in the U.S. at the time of the murders.
Years later Isabella decides to make a documentary about exorcisms and going to see her mother at the asylum. Along the way she stops by the Vatican's Exorcism College and sits in during a lecture. She meets a couple of priests that were at the lecture. They tell her that she'd learn more going to a REAL exorcism and happily drag her along to one they've been performing off and on for a while. These priests were bucking the system, see, 'cause the system is slow and hides things, and they're smarter and wiser and stuff. Down with the man. Seriously I got a real hippie vibe from these priest guys, despite one looking like a balding potato-headed dough boy.

Shot in the "hey this is a documentary and it's real, honest" way that a lot of low budget films (Paranormal Activity, etc.) have been going since the Blair Witch Project burst into theaters. It also hinted around being a 'found video edited together' type of film too, considering who was around in the end to cut it in to a film. So yeah, real as in not real. You know. The whole 'we have an outline, make up some words to tie scenes together' type of scripting. It looked like that, anyway. If that was scripted dialog the film was worse than I thought.

It was painfully boring, though it did get comical at times. Watched half of the film then shut it down. Watched the remainder the next day. Couldn't sit through the whole thing in one sitting. And it's only 83 minutes long.
Ugh. Even "The Rite" was a better film. This was probably more in the quality sandbox of "The Last Exorcism", only maybe slightly worse. About the only thing the film had going for it was some of the contortions and perhaps a flying body or two. I suppose someone out there might find some measure of entertainment from the film.  Honestly you're lucky - you wasted less time reading this review than I spent watching the film.

Ah well. I'm still on the lookout for a decent exorcism film. They are apparently few and far between.

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