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On the Inside (2011)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Stahl ... Allen Meneric
Dash Mihok ... Carl Tarses
Olivia Wilde ... Mia Conlon
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Ben Marshal
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Dr. Lofton
Tariq Trotter ... Tom Bogotus
Daniel Franzese ... Paul Warren
Daniel London ... Nathan Parks
Joanne Baron ... Mrs. Standings
Haley Webb ... Allen's Girlfriend
D.W. Brown ... Bearded Man
Amy Attaway Amy Attaway ... Female Doctor
George Drennen George Drennen ... Mason
Lissa Brennan Lissa Brennan ... Lisa
Rick Applegate Rick Applegate ... Policeman
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Storyline

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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The mind is a prison. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2011 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Instituição See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mike Wittlin Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color | Color (35 mm version)
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Trivia

Nick Stahl and Daniel Franzese previously appeared together in Bully (2001). See more »

Goofs

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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Good but pointless
22 November 2011 | by MovieSonicSee all my reviews

Hmm...not sure about this one.

The film was very well written, it was engaging, the actors were impressive and there was genuine emotional involvement.

But after watching it, instead of thinking "what a good film", all I could think was "what was the point of that?" And I'm not even someone who thinks films have to have deep and meaningful things to say but even Transformers has a point (save the world etc.) There is literally no reason for this film unless I missed something. Is there a message about being good? about rehabilitation? loneliness? what?! I don't know and I don't think I can recommend people watch a film that is so pointless.

I would give the film a 5 for "overall" enjoyment and at least 7 for the overall great execution of the film so I will rate it a 6.

Watch it if you are a fan of any of the actors because you won't be bored but don't be surprised when you feel strangely disappointed after watching.


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