Inland Empire (El Imperio) [NTSC/REGION 1 & 4 DVD. Import-Latin America]
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The movie is difficult to explain in terms of plot-- something I find myself saying in a lot of the reviews I write for the things I like, but this one takes the cake in terms of movies. Let me try to put it as simply as possible: It's about an actress who gets sucked inside a movie she's working on, becoming the character she plays-- I know a lot of my fellow David Lynch fans are going to come down on me for this and I know that's not a completely accurate description but I'm writing this for the Lynch layman so please bear with me. Laura Dern plays an actress who is working on a movie which is being directed by a prestigious Hollywood director played by Jeremey Irons who reveals to her that their movie is actually a remake of a cursed Polish movie that was never completed due to mysterious and murderous circumstances. This information makes her and her fellow actors uneasy, and almost without warning, her whole world is unmade right before her eyes. That's about as specific as I can get without whipping out a flowchart and some diagrams.Read more ›
The movie fast-forwards to the next day as the woman foretells in the narration. The gypsy fades out with a vengeance. Nikki gets the part, and on the set we meet Devon (Justin Theroux), her dashing, handsome co-star. The director (Jeremy Irons) facilitates a script reading where he relates that the film is indeed a remake; one where a murder took place and was allegedly cursed from the start.
From here the movie weaves its way through many scenes. Nikki's husband warns the young co-star of the consequences of sneaking out with his actress wife. Some feature Southern characters Billy and Sue in the movie, but they are so closely connected to their actual lives that we begin to lose our own grip on reality. Eerily suspenseful scenes show (Nikki or Sue) walking through a house in bewildered trepidation. Then, we are transported to the lives of the screen couple in the backyard. Next, we find them in Poland during the dead of winter.Read more ›
To say it was either good or bad would be doing the film an injustice. David Lynch's films have become so enigmatic, this one in particular, that to give a yay or nay nod to the film would be to feign some sort of rudimentary understanding of it. I suspect Lynch himself knows no more what he is doing than any of us do, say, when we are asleep, deep in dreams, floating in the abyss of our minds collective soup. This is not a bad thing it's just become surrealism, pure and simple. This is a surrealist film. It cannot be judged as most films are. It stands, pretty much, outside the scope of what I mostly see. I enjoy the change I assure you. Yet the film does not register with me as most films do. This film floats.
One part even seems culled from an old Abbot & Costello routine with Irons telling Bucky to move it down while Bucky comically moves it up.Read more ›
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If you like movies within movies you will appreciate this. Some of it shot with strange angles and maybe not even film. Looks like a rough edit very hallucinatory. Typical LynchPublished 8 days ago by Dawn soleri
Well I went ahead and bought his AMERICAN movie from a seller in the UK. Now considering that this is an AMERICAN movie I would think that the film distributors when producing this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jman
Lynch’s 2006 Inland Empire apparently has ‘cult status’ with some cinephiles; yet, to say the least, it’s a pretty difficult view. Read more
I've seen every David Lynch film known to man. Why? Because, like many others, I was captivated by the driven, innovative hybrid of beauty and horror, good and evil that is evident... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Luciano
For a full description of the plot (if there is one), etc., read other reviews. Just some quick thoughts on this David Lynch movie... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joker
I like to think of Inland Empire (2006) as a conglomerate of ingredients from all of David Lynch's previous 9 feature length films. Of course, the word is "surreal. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Todd7