Insidious: Chapter 3
The third installment of the Insidious series is actually a prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family we see in the first film, with actor/writer Leigh Whannell stepping up to the director’s chair to deliver the scares.
After sensing the presence of her recently deceased mother, high school senior Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) persuades psychic, Elsie Rainier (Lin Shaye), to assist her in reaching out to the spirit. It soon becomes clear however, that the entity is not in fact Quinn’s mother and has marked the young girl out for altogether more sinister purposes.
Shaye excels beyond the supporting, peripheral role she had in the first two films and her performance as the kooky and at times unsettling psychic is probably the most compelling thing the film has to offer.
Ultimately though, Insidious: Chapter 3 falls back on the safety net of cheap, loud and jumpy frights – of which there are many – becoming just another routine ghost story in the process, failing to meet the standard of its predecessors.
Out of the Dark
When Sarah (Julia Stiles) and Paul Harriman (Scott Speedman) decide to move to Colombia to take over the family paper mill, they observe strange occurrences around their new house, followed by the peculiar behavior of their daughter Hannah (Pixie Davies). After many failed attempts to cure her, the couple decide to take their daughter back to the UK for proper medical care, but her sudden disappearance leaves viewers hanging in suspense. Lluís Quílez’s supernatural thriller offers nothing particularly different to set it apart from others in the genre and although Out of the Dark is professionally polished, it suffers from a lack of originality and atmosphere.
He Who Dares: Downing Street Siege
The sequel to He Who Dares comes only eight months after the film’s release and sees arch villain Holt (Simon Phillips) back up to his usual tricks, this time threatening the seat of British power by laying siege to the Prime Minister’s residence. When all else fails, the authorities have no option other than to send in the British Special Forces to set things right, leading to many poorly choreographed fights and several explosions. The film’s rushed production is painfully apparent throughout, resulting in inconsistent acting and a woeful script.
Preview: Love & Mercy
Paul Dano and John Cusack play young and old versions of the co-founder of the Beach Boys in this Brian Wilson biopic. Wilson’s innovative methods of recording and the group’s harmonies led to great success in the 60s, although it becomes apparent that the lead man is losing his grip on reality. Twenty years later, he is broken and suffering at the hands of his manipulative therapist Dr Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti) and Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks), who meets Wilson by chance, becomes determined to save him.
Bollywatch: ABCD 2
According to the film’s male lead, Varun Dhawan, dance is the biggest star in the sequel to 2013’s ABCD: Anybody Can Dance and, with the help of Shraddha Kapoor and choreographer-turned-director Remo D’Souza, the trio will be providing audiences with some jaw-dropping sequences of skill and amazing athleticism. The film explores the struggle of two choreographers from Mumbai and promises to bring out the best in Indian dancing.