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The I Inside
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // R // March 8, 2005
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Review by Jeff Paramchuk | posted March 14, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:
When a film boasts on the back cover that if you liked movie X then you'll love this movie that should be your first warning sign that it might not be all that good. I loved Memento, which this movie boldly compared itself to when in reality it shares more in spirit with a movie which treaded similar ground in a much better way, in my opinion ,that starred none other than Ashton Kutcher, The Butterfly Effect.

Ryan Phillippe plays Simon, a man who wakes up in a hospital after what he's told was a nasty accident, yet he shows no injuries or any side effects of the accident other than the fact that his memory of the previous two years has been wiped out. Throughout the convoluted story, Simon meets people within the hospital who all serve a purpose in him regaining his memory, ranging from the pediatrician who helps him, the masked man in O.R. scrubs who's trying to kill him, to his wife of less than two years Anna (Piper Perabo) to his love interest Claire (Sarah Polley).

While I generally enjoy movies of this type, I felt this one was far more complex and convoluted than it needed to be, and I even got to the point where I felt the confusion wasn't worth the effort, whereas in Memento the level of confusion that it caused was part of the charm. Here it came across as harsh and done just because they could do it.

The DVD

How's it Look:

The I Inside is given to us in an anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 aspect ration, preserving it's intended viewing aspect. I found the print to be quite clean throughout the movie, and I personally did not notice any pixelation, edge enhancement or dust on the film.

The color palette was muted throughout as the majority of the film took place within a hospital, so you can expect somewhat sterile looking sets.

How's the Sound:

The I Inside contains a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, which was actually quite enveloping throughout the movie. The surrounds were used to add a lot of ambience to the film throughout, such as a sprinkler that continuously hits a window behind the viewer, creating a sound that is reminiscent of windshield wipers.

Extras:

None.

Closing thoughts:

Technically, the DVD looks and sounds great given that it's a DTV release, however I feel that the movie tries too hard to bring the viewer into the same mindset of Simon (utter confusion) that it looses a lot of punch that it otherwise could have had.

My recommendation is to skip this movie, unless you are in the mood for a very twisting and confusing film, but don't take the movies advice and rent it based on your opinion of Memento, as it's far from it.
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