Insidious: The Last Key
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Insidious: The Last Key

Insidious: The Last Key

Director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell did a lot of good in the entertaining and shameless 2010 paranormal thriller “Insidious.” ut when it comes to creating franchises, they made a crucial mistake: killing the film’s most memorable character, the unflappable empathic 60-year-old parapsychologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye). For the first sequel, “Chapter 2,” they brought it back in spectral form, and for the Whannell-directed “Chapter 3” in 2015, they made even more room for it, by approaching the film as a prequel.

He finally gives Elise full focus and in doing so turns her into something of an action hero, with a full origin story. Despite Shaye’s indomitable efforts, however, new director Adam Robitel rarely succeeds in shaking off the cobwebs of this increasingly crunchy franchise: “The Last Key” is wildly uneven, confusing, and seems to leave the “Insidious” saga. written in one corner once more.

Much of it takes place in 2010, shortly before the events of the first movie, “The Last Key” long enough for flashbacks, beginning with a 1950 prologue, depicting Elise’s very unhappy childhood. The daughter of a prison warden, school-aged Elise (Ava Kolker) lives in a creaky house in the shadow of a New Mexico penitentiary, and her budding paranormal gifts are already drawing the curiosity of her skittish younger brother Christian (Pierce Pope) and the wrath of his abusive and macabre father Gerald (Josh Stewart).

Duration: 103 min

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IMDb: 5.7