‘Inside’ fails as a metaphor, succeeds as a showcase for Willem Dafoe


Willem Dafoe is a great actor, legendaryly dedicated and dedicated to his role.

If you want a reminder, ‘Inside’ is the way to go. It’s always been all about Defoe, and aside from a few short dream sequences, it’s basically a one-man show, and he usually goes all out in his performance.

Directed by Vasilis Katsoupis, the film itself is equally intense, but not as compelling. Without actors like Dafoe at its center (and margins and everywhere else), it would be an unseen torture. For him, it’s like torture that can be seen, and it’s easier to admire than to enjoy.

Defoe plays Nemo, a thief who is helicoptered down into a luxury New York penthouse apartment filled with museum-quality modern art. More than just a thief, Nemo graces us with a voice-over introduction that reminds us of childhood teacher questions. What would you save if your house was on fire?

He brought his cat, an AC/DC CD, and a sketchbook.

“Cats die,” he says. “Music fades. But art is meant to hold.”

But who can keep it up? In any case, Nemo is communicating with “Number 3” via walkie-talkie. Number 3 is an invisible partner who relays codes and messages to help him navigate the apartment.

Nemo is a little worried that one of his targeted pieces isn’t where it should be. But he has bigger problems ahead. Finding the exit code to be erratic, they shut down the apartment and lock Nemo in.

Furthermore, the apartment’s computer control system crashes. So no water comes out of the faucet. And the temperature inside begins to rise to Phoenix summer levels. (It then plummets to frigid levels.)

Next up is Nemo’s attempt to survive in a well-appointed and luxurious environment. It suddenly became as dangerous and forbidden as the middle of the desert (or Antarctica, as the case may be). The refrigerator is still running, but has very little stock (“Macarena” plays when you leave the door ajar).

There are several fish tanks – you can probably guess where it leads – there is also a small pool. A watering system for indoor plants can help.

Trying to get out of the ornate wooden front door doesn’t work. Nor can you try to throw heavy artwork through an unbreakable window.

I stare at multi-feed security cameras until I call myself a maid who can’t hear me screaming. He hosts his own fictional cooking show. And he began to see art as something practical.

Nemo also starts making his own art. Some of his spiritual adventures seem to suggest a descent into madness, but he uses expensive furniture to build towers and try to reach high-ceilinged skylights. .

Credited for the idea, Katsupis (scripted by Ben Hopkins) definitely wants to say something profound about the value of art here. who should have it? About its value? What about its value in the world as a fuel or tool?

It’s a mess. But he inadvertently made a statement about the art, the art of acting. Unlocking Defoe’s talents in what is essentially a horror of confinement and escape his story, he allows the actor’s artistry to overwhelm the rest of his message. If it’s an accident, at least it’s a happy accident.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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