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Insidious: The Last Key review | Final chapter is all kinds of predictable

Watch it only if you are dying to know who Elise Rainier really is, otherwise find another activity for your weekend.

Movie: Insidious: The Last Key

Cast: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Kirk Acevedo, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke

Direction: Adam Robitel

Movie: Insidious: The Last Key

Cast: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Kirk Acevedo, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke

Direction: Adam Robitel

Genre: Horror

Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes

Critic's Ratings: **


Story:

The fourth movie in the Insidious franchise is the origin story, if you will, of Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye). We have come to know the character better over the past instalments. This time the story jumps between timelines ranging from her childhood, her teenage, to her older days. Little Elise's "gifts" that led her to be a sexagenarian parapsychologist, bring tragedy to her family as the demon uses her to open the red door for the "entities." She runs away from that house, her abusive father, abandoning her brother in the process. In 2010 timeline, Elise returns to her childhood house when the new owner calls for her help with the paranormal activities happening there. The chain of events after that brings the viewers to a full circle.

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Review:

Lin Shaye's character gets her origin story because of the popularity it enjoys in that fandom. But the story of Insidious: The Last Key fails to do the justice to it. Just when the shaky plot seems to be holding together, writer Leigh Whannell decides to take a detour and confuse audience who later fumble to reconnect. It is uneven from the beginning and that detour asks us to start fresh.

Director Robitel wants to shock the audience but the way the scenes are set up to the scares are cliche and predictable. One can sit and count the frames until the demon will appear on the screen. It becomes a game of 'Where is scary Waldo?' Add neon blue hallways, dark basements, smokey chambers and you have yourself either a spooky house or an EDM rave. The attempt of cutting the tension with comedy feels half-baked. One cringes when Elise's sidekicks, Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), try flirting with her nieces.

Lin Shaye is the only bearable person on screen, but even her character becomes Ms State-the-Obivous one time too many. There is nothing new in the story and we keep circling around the same concept. The final stretch of the movie gets into surreal-hypnotised planes and any Bollywood fan will spot 'Mere Paas Maa Hai' moment coming on from a mile off! The ending brings us to where it all started which in turn leaves no room for improvement. Let's hope this is it for the franchise and we won't get spin-offs with Specs and Tucker's origin stories.

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