InSight Review

Cops enlisting psychics, or anyone with a supernatural power or ESP, to help solve crimes has long since become a tongue-in-cheek bit in most cop dramas. When a one tries to present the idea seriously, the threat of falling from complex drama into supernatural camp looms over every story arc and often is the final resting place. In the case of film, it just happens a lot faster because the writers compress it into a 90-minute frame. If ever InSight had a chance of avoiding that fate, it was gone within the first five minutes of the film when the protagonist, played by Natalie Zea, tries and fails to make her case for having received a clue from a murder victim who died before arriving on her operating table. From there on out InSight tries to dig itself out of that hole, but only manages to run itself further aground. Even the twist at the end feels like a move of desperation to tacked on to defy the very genre it just indulged.

After a run-in with a defibrillator and a message from a recently deceased murder victim, Kaitlyn (Zea) becomes convinced that the man who stabbed her must have known her. She sets off to investigate the murder and has a series of flashes from the victim’s perspective that makes her an asset to the police officer (Sean Patrick Flanery) on the case. It leads the new duo down a new trail, even as Kaitlyn struggles with the conflicting theories that she’s either psychic or emotionally distressed with the help of her therapist (Adam Baldwin).

What’s sad is that anyone who’s watched a few cop dramas in their day will spot the clues inherent in the girl’s murder, even as the dim-witted police officers sit there stumped and try to use Kaitlyn’s visions to give them new leads. The actors are far and away more capable than the sham of a script and story they’re working from, but they can’t save the story from falling prey to its own clichés.

DVD Bonus Features

A behind the scenes featurette is the only extra.

"InSight" is on sale February 28, 2012 and is rated R. Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Directed by Richard Gabai. Written by Aaron Ginsburg, Wade McIntyre. Starring Adam Baldwin, Christopher Lloyd, Natalie Zea, Sean Patrick Flanery.

Lex Walker • Editor

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