|Creepy kid? Check. Scary thing in the background? Check.|
Red? Check. Rating... wait what??? PG13??? o_O
The idea of this film is a good one. Astral projection experience. I'm a huge nerd for paranormal stuff and when I first read the description of the film, I added it to my Netflix Instawatch list. For those of you that are not familiar with the term, it's the same thing as an "out of body" experience. There are people out there that believe and claim that they were able to leave their bodies while asleep, or in a trance, and have experiences that can be mistaken for dreams. I can't really say what "leaves the body". It could be a soul... a conscience. I don't know. But to be able to leave your body and project yourself elsewhere is very interesting to say the least. However, it is said leaving your body leaves you vulnerable to other projections, spirits, souls, demons, and what not that are lingering about. Of course, normal people like you and I cannot see these "things" but an accomplished medium can.
So when young Dalton believes that his experiences are dreams, in reality he's having astral experiences. Being a kid, I believe the fact that he'll draw what he sees in his dreams. The interesting part is that a demon wants Dalton's body and ends up capturing him to keep him from going back into his body. This is a neat premise. What is your having an astral experience and you cannot get back to your body? It definitely blurs the line between the metaphysical and the physical world. It could have been explored more closely but the film failed in that aspect and I strongly believe that it's because the film was going for a PG13 rating.
|Fire? You sure you don't mean fire paint, son?|
You can't knock a film for trying something a little different. I don't mind some originality. But even though they tried to work with something a little different, they played it safe and created an average film. There are many films with sounds that go bump in the night and images that are there one minute and gone the next. Insidious could have gone a different route and explored the astral realm a little further as opposed to just making it 2 houses and a dark nothing. The film is not a bad film, but it's not a great one either. It just falls into the sea of what could have been. It was perfect for the occasion. Nothing on TV and not in the mood for video games. I suggest you give it the time of day when your day begins to slow to a crawl. Later!
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