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The Inside Story (2002)

  Directed by: Robert Sutherland
Written by: Robert Sutherland
Starring: Michael Angus, Andrew Curry, Kate Oliver, Kristian Pithie, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
Links: The Inside Story on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating)
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"From Greece to Hawthorn in 1.5 hours" - a review by pearly

The Inside Story was filmed in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, which just so happens to be the suburb that I currently reside in. I've never bumped into Charles 'Bud' Tingwell down the street, but aside from that, I really feel as though I'm living in Victoria's version of Hollywood.

As well as being filmed here, it is (initially) only being screened in Hawthorn East, at the Rivoli cinema, and, judging from the audience when I saw it, primarily being viewed by Hawthornites (i.e. the more senior among us). This is probably because of Mr Tingwell. But I think that The Inside Story could quite easily have wider appeal. The supernatural themes running through it would surely appeal to younger folk, and although it's not exactly the slickest of Hollywood productions, the effects achieve their purpose.

Something bothered me right off the bat, though. The promotional material and the opening credits contained letters of the Greek alphabet, spelling things out phonetically (sortof) in English - things like The Inside Story as Τηε Ινσιδε Στορψ - much like the "Symbol" font would do. I could almost have forgiven this (even though it's stupid for so many reasons if you actually know the Greek alphabet) if the presence of these letters actually had anything to do with the movie, but after the credits were over, there was nothing more to be seen of any of the Greek letters. Plus, once I went to the movie's official site, I was even more convinced of how lame it was. As evidence, check out this screenshot I took of a portion of the flash intro, which translates to (spelling errors not by me):

Welcome, Ichabod Papadopoulos
This is some serious text animation right
here, I guess you ahwen't seen

anything like this in quite a while, hey

Thsi I will srite something else completely
different and you will think that
is grouse as well

Yes. Grouse indeed.

It really is a shame about the bad taste that those Greek letters left in my mouth, because the movie isn't half bad. Charles Bud is great, as he always is, and another of those Curry boys (Andrew Curry) pulls off the role of leading man without too many problems (I wonder whether he ever reviewed this movie as host of In-Entertainment (didn't this thing used to be called Premiere? And does he even host anymore? Ehh, either way)).

Kate Oliver rounds off the main three in the cast, and I'm sure I would have thought she was great if it hadn't been her character that the change in direction about halfway through the movie revolved around. See, it begins as a supernatural-themed movie asking some big questions, like "how did we get here?" and so on. But then, it begins to go down a romance path, which I thought did nothing to help and everything to detract from my interest in what was happening. Luckily, this storyline wasn't taken too far, and I was reeled back in for the conclusion - so it wasn't a total write-off.

If you don't mind the fact that this movie looks like it was filmed in Hawthorn, then you'll probably quite enjoy the themes running through The Inside Story. How would a book that contains the entire history of the world feasibly work? Worth watching if you're up for a "makes you think" type film.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 29 Aug 2003

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Reader comments

  1. Visual efects, though budget, are very good and do their job well. The sound effects though are sensational, way better than I would have imagined.
    Not the greatest film I've seen, but if this is an indication of Robert Sutherland's ability, I can't wait to see waht he can do with a real budget. Definitely worth a look (if you can find it).
    Biggest downside - no general release. What is it with distributers and Australian films?

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from nom on Sat 06 Mar 2004 15:37 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 7.00 (1 rating)

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