Psychology

Psychological thriller stars Willem Dafoe as an art thief trapped after a botched robbery – Punch Drunk Critics





If you happen to have seen the posters for Focus Features’ upcoming film Inside, maybe you were perplexed. The images feature a pigeon, a rotten orange and a can of food, with the caption above: “This is not Willem Dafoe”. Dafoe is the star of the movie, this is weird, and suggests the movie will be too. However, I’m not sure “weird” is the way to describe it now that the first trailer has been released.

Dafoe plays the hapless art thief Nemo. After a crime, he is trapped in a high-tech apartment with no way out and nothing to help him except his own mind and the paintings he tried to steal. What unfolds is an intense psychological battle, the kind Dafoe is so good at bringing to life.

So actually it doesn’t look weird at all.

The film marks the feature film debut of Vasilis Katsoupis, from a script by Ben Hopkins. This appears to be a Dafoe solo show, and I can hardly think of an actor capable of holding attention for the duration.

Inside will be released on March 10, 2023.






Travis Hopson was reviewing movies before he even knew such a thing existed. Growing up on a combination of bad ’80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is in a unique position to delve into just about everything under the sun. Travis, a vampire who walks by day and refuses to sleep, is the co-creator and lead writer of Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he’s not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night Programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.


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