Insidious: The Last Key

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Insidious: The Last Key (2017)

Directed by Adam Robitel

Written by Leigh Whannell

Starring: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Kirk Acevedo

Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier (Shaye) is forced to face her greatest fear when she returns to her childhood home to face down a formidable foe.

This movie is the fourth installment of the Insidious film series, written by Leigh Whannell (Saw) and directed by Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan). The movie stars Lin Shaye (Contagion), Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson (Mad Max: Fury Road), and Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line).

This story fits into the mold of many other horror films that have come before it. The people in the story are basically the characters you’re expecting to see in a horror film. The dialogue is often more comical than serious, as is much of the story. The twists and turns are obvious as well. This is a predictable horror film that returns to tired material. While the little scares are there, this one doesn’t ever put the characters in enough jeopardy to be effective.

The actors did what they could with such a weak story. It is impossible to say that anyone does great work, or even really good work. Whether that’s the fault of the actors or the material is harder to judge. Lin Shaye is clearly the best part of the film, with a performance that at least feels committed to the role. Otherwise these are forgettable performances that don’t create chemistry or sell the story.

This one looks good. The visuals are solid and the camera work is good as well. There isn’t a lot to say about the production otherwise. This might appeal to fans of the series, but I wouldn’t rush out to see it. I give this one 1 out of 5 stars.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 103 Minutes

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