I think that the first “Insidious” is one of the most effective jump scare horror movies out there. The second film was still pretty scary, but the story was much weaker. I never got around to the third one because it didn’t look like it would be very good. Still, I was very interested in seeing the new installment.
The Last Key doesn’t fit the lock
As a whole, I was kinda bored by this film. The scares were extremely predictable when present, but barely there. The film also doesn’t add much to the mythology of the Further. Most of the demons are super generic, and the one that isn’t bland is not developed enough. The film tries to add in some commentary, but it doesn’t do so in a way that feels substantial enough. It scratches the surface a few times, and each time I got really excited thinking they would take it somewhere, but they don’t. There are also some scenes that have dialogue that is very poorly-written to the point of being laughable and cringe-worthy. That being said, the film does a good job of further developing the character of Elise. She was the best part of the first film and works in the spotlight. The plot of the film is really predictable and that reduces a lot of the impact of the twists. However, the film is also very convoluted at times in a way that wasn’t intellectually challenging, but off-putting.
The production qualities of the film are solid. The cinematography is pretty good throughout. I really liked the inclusion of the shots from the point of view of the spectral equipment, but I wish they would have used more of them. The production design and cinematography in the Further are also very impressive. The way in which the Further looks have always been one of the best parts of the series and that is true in this entry too. Lin Shaye does a very good job in her leading role, adding the only depth that the film really has. Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell are enjoyable as the comedic relief.
Overall, I wasn’t impressed by “Insidious: The Last Key”. It tried to be more, but it just didn’t end up being interesting. I hope this is where they let the series end. This film is “Not a Total Waste of Time”
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