Saturday 6 January 2024

Inside (2023)

Nemo, a high-end art thief, is trapped in a New York penthouse after his heist doesn't go as planned. Locked inside with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and ingenuity to survive.

Willem Dafoe is excellent in this all-but one-man-show where the whole story/film is set in the penthouse in which he's stuck. A bit like Tom Hanks in Cast Away, we stay with him throughout, suggesting that this could easily have been a stage-play (I haven't checked).

Timescale is not very clear, but it feels like this goes on for a few months whilst he tries to find ways to escape, eat and drink to stay alive. The penthouse has lots of security and technology, designed for the purpose here - though it is a bit strange that it didn't alert the police!

So yes, you can pick it apart, bit by bit, showing the flaws and problems with the notion, or you can forget that and just enjoy Dafoe's excellent performance as you live through the time with him trying to puzzle-solve. Really enjoyed this, if slow at times, but nice idea.

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