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On the Inside (I) (2011)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  18 March 2011 (USA)
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A decent but troubled young man is sent to a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane and soon finds himself in a fight for his life battling ghosts inside his head and very real enemies all around him.

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Allen Meneric
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Ben Marshal
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Dr. Lofton
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Paul Warren
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Nathan Parks
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Mrs. Standings
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Mason
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Lisa
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Allen Meneric is committed to a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane because of a brutal revenge murder. There he is forced to deal with the very ill and the dangerous until, as part of a socialization program, he is transferred to minimum security where he meets Mia, a beautiful bipolar female inmate. Ever haunted by his past, Allen seeks his redemption when sudden events demand that he protect Mia from the violence and chaos of the institution. Written by Anonymous

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In the very last scene of the movie, when Mia is leaving the Northwood State prison, a very clear sign on the wall (on the left side) is saying "SHOP AND PARK". It doesn't make any sense in a prison parking lot. See more »

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13 July 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The disturbed Allen Meneric (Nick Stahl ) mistakenly kills an innocent believing that he had raped his girlfriend and is sent to the Northwood Secure Treatment Facility, a psychiatric institution for insane murderers. Allen meets the dangerous inmates Carl Tarses (Dash Mihok) and Ben Marshal (Pruitt Taylor Vince) but after a period, his mental condition is reassessed by Dr. Lofton (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and sent to the Northwood Department of Correction, a minimum security institution.

Allen meets the gorgeous bipolar inmate Mia Conlon (Olivia Wilde) and they fall in love with each other. On the day of her birthday, they have a private encounter as part of an experimental program; but they are interrupted by the violent Tarses, who is trying to escape from the institution with Ben.

"On the Inside" is an original prison movie, with deranged inmates locked in a psychiatric institution and a romance between inmates. Unfortunately the movie has a pointless message, with the stupid tragic conclusion.

Allen is a young man that is haunted by the ghost of his older brother and that shows no remorse for killing an innocent man. When he has a meeting with the father of his victim, he is cold and does not show remorse for what he did. However, in the end of the story after falling in love with the bipolar Mia, he finds redemption with his attitude towards Tarses. But the writer and director D.W. Brown destroys what could have been a good low-budget movie of love and redemption. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "A Instituição" ("The Institution")


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