InSight DVD Review

Written by A Girl Named Ed

DVD released by Phase 4 Films

Directed by Richard Gabai
Written by Aaron Ginsburg, Wade McIntyre
2011, Region 1 (NTSC), 92 minutes, Rated R
DVD released on February 28th, 2012

Sean Patrick Flanery as Det. Peter Rafferty
Natalie Zea as Kaitlyn
Angeline-Rose Troy as Allison
Adam Baldwin as Dr. Graham Barrett
Thomas Ian Nicholas as Stephen Geiger
Veronica Cartwright as Patricia
Christopher Lloyd as Shep


Kaitlyn is an ER nurse who inadvertently receives a shock from a defibrillator in the process of a failed attempt to save a stabbing victim named Allison. She begins to have ‘visions’ of Allison’s memories. The police determine that Allison was killed in a random mugging, but the memories that Kaitlyn experiences tell her a different story. As farfetched as it sounds, the plot is nothing particularly new or inventive.

We meet Detective Peter Raferty and Detective Canto at Allison’s crime scene. And here’s where the movie lost me a little. I like Max Perlich (Canto) but I had to replay his first scene three times in order to understand his dialog. Whether it was an audio problem or his line delivery or a combination of both, the distraction from the storyline left me frustrated. Adding to that distraction was Max’s out of place and out of genre ‘Dick Tracy’ style clothing. Despite the initial distractions, he does a good job as the voice of reason for Detective Raftery on several occasions.

It was nice to see Christopher Lloyd as Shep, a neighbor of Allison’s. He delivers a creepy yet unnecessary role as that weirdo who knows just a little too much, but SPOILER ALERT is just a red herring. Eventually we meet Adam Baldwin as Dr. Graham Barrett. Baldwin cleans up rather nicely and pulls off a convincing though disturbing shrink. Other persons of interest along the way are Juliet Landau as a normal, well-adjusted character which was refreshing and Veronica Cartwright as Patricia, Kaitlyn’s ailing mother.

The casting is excellent and the characters are well played and believable, and although story progresses as it should, it falls flat in the thrills department. The most interesting parts of the film take place in the first several minutes and after that the story immediately begins to lose momentum right up until the twisted-twisty end. I saw it coming, but it was good twist none the less.

I really wanted to like InSight; the cast is great. Sean Patrick Flanery is a favorite and Adam Baldwin can pretty much do no wrong, but overall this movie was only okay. Three and a half stars for the movie and the half is because InSight has The Baldwin.

Video and Audio:

Visually the movie is nice. Many of the scenes were shot in low light or at night, but they were very clear and lacked the grainy, dark look that is often prevalent in similar films. The memory ‘flashes’ were done well and there were a few shots along the way that were down right impressive.  

Understanding some of the dialog was a challenge. Some scenes required replaying while others required constant command of the volume button.

Special Features:

The DVD is woefully lacking in anything ‘special’ in the special features. It contains the movie trailer and a four-minute behind-the-scenes video. The behind-the-scenes video is really just a longer trailer with a few quick interviews.


Movie: 3.5 Stars
Video: 4 Stars
Audio: 3 stars
Features: 1 Star
Overall: 3 stars

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