Spoiler-Free Review of “Inside” (2023) in Theaters: Willem Dafoe is Insanely Brilliant

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“Art is for keeps…”

Inside (2023) released in theaters on March 17th 2023. The psychological-survival thriller film stars Willem Dafoe. It runs for an hour and forty-five minutes.

An art thief gets trapped inside a luxury penthouse with nothing but priceless pieces of art as he must figure out a way to survive.

Here is the trailer:

Inside features a captivating performance by Willem Dafoe in a simple, but chilling thriller. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Fantastic performance!

I don’t think that ANYONE else could have played this part to perfection other than Willem Dafoe. It’s like he was made for this role. Even in the quietest moments of the film, he was so magnetic and fantastic on screen. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of him and was so blown away by his performance.

He has such a talent for revealing raving mad energy in the best way possible.

Thrilling in an unconventional way.

I didn’t really know what to expect with this one, but I was surprised by how interested I was in such a lackluster setting. Sure, the actual penthouse was stunning to look at, but there’s not too much going on and yet I still couldn’t look away from the screen because these simple dilemmas were much more terrifying to me than something extreme and ridiculous.

The Cons:

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Pacing issues at times…

This film had an overall slow feel, but luckily Willem Dafoe elevated it, especially when he actually started talking…

If you’re looking for lots of thrills and action, this is not your type of movie. I’m not sure that this film is for everyone and that’s OK, but I think you should manage your expectations accordingly.

Some things seemed a little unrealistic to me and had me scratching my head, but I just went with it.

There were also some gross scenes to sit through so be aware of that…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!!

A unique thriller featuring a chilling and intense performance!

This film was far from your average thriller and it really held my attention up until the very end. It had me thinking about it well after the film was over as well.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Inside (2023) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

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