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InSight (2011)

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Kaitlyn, an emergency room nurse, who is tending to a young stabbing victim, is accidentally electrocuted by the defibrillator that is used in an effort to save the woman's life. Almost ... See full summary »


Richard Gabai





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Det. Peter Rafferty
Natalie Zea ... Kaitlyn
Angeline-Rose Troy ... Allison
Adam Baldwin ... Dr. Graham Barrett
Thomas Ian Nicholas ... Stephen Geiger
Veronica Cartwright ... Patricia
Christopher Lloyd ... Shep
Juliet Landau ... Dr. Lisa Rosan
Max Perlich ... Det. Canto
Lesley-Ann Brandt ... Valerie Khoury
Matt Knudsen ... Det. Kaz
Rick Overton ... Det. Gehrke
Daniel Roebuck ... Sgt. Reed
Rance Howard ... Cemetery Presider
Jamie Wozny Jamie Wozny ... ER Nurse


Kaitlyn, an emergency room nurse, who is tending to a young stabbing victim, is accidentally electrocuted by the defibrillator that is used in an effort to save the woman's life. Almost immediately, Kaitlyn starts to experience the victim's memories. She turns to family, friends, and the police, but no one takes her seriously. She decides that she must take it upon herself to try to solve the crime, or risk the terrifying visions ending in her own sanity being at stake. Ultimately, Kaitlyn teams up with the detective on the case and weaves her way through the victim's past, to discover not only the brutal truth, but also some very unexpected lessons about life, love, sorrow, and forgiveness along the way.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content and brief language

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Release Date:

30 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Killed Allison Parks? See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,571, 4 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,011, 11 September 2011
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Did You Know?


Filmed at the abandoned Linda Vista Community Hospital in Boyle Heights, which has been listed as one of the most haunted sites in Los Angeles. The hospital was shuttered for twenty years following a string of lawsuits connected to the place's unexpectedly high death rates. The hospital has also been the site of several televised paranormal investigations, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. See more »


In the opening scene, when nurse Kaitlyn hits the floor after the electrocution, she's no longer wearing the blue rubber glove on her right hand she had on just a split-second before. See more »


[first lines]
EMT #1: We got vultures circling here. Lacs to the chest, neck, hands, shoulder - take your pick.
ER Doctor: How many times was she stabbed?
EMT #1: She's lost too much blood.
ER Doctor: Jed! Need a large bore IV, stat!
EMT #1: Neighbors watched it happen, and no one even called the cops.
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Buddha in a Banzai
Performed by Noble House
Courtesy of Noble Valley Music
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A great thriller not easily forgotten!
20 February 2012 | by dimoulasSee all my reviews

InSight is not a film that is easily forgotten nor brushed over. It starts off with some pretty extreme circumstances, we learn through fast cuts and dialogue that a girl named Allison Parks has been brutally attacked and we don't know why. Neither does the main character in the film, Kaitlyn, who plays one of the nurses trying to save Allison's life, as she is suffering from multiple stab wounds. Kaitlyn thinks for a moment that Allison is trying to communicate with her in some way, but before Kaitlyn can find out much, a defibrillator shocks Allison and she dies. The electricity travels through Allison's body and knocks out Kaitlyn, who then begins to see memories from Allison's life or so we are lead to believe for much of the film.

The uniqueness of InSight is how in which the story is told. Methodically, as slowly we learn more and less at the same time. I imagine it's hard for an audience to piece together what is real and what is only in Kaitlyn's mind, and I imagine that's the whole point. We struggle as the main character does to try and figure out whether Allison's murder was a random killing or something more. Along the way we are introduced to a skeptical detective, Kaitlyn's sick mother, a sleazy psychiatrist, and Allison's ex-boyfriend, all of these characters add to the mystery. None of them confirm for the audience on which end of the spectrum the story will end. Whether or not this was just a random killing and Kaitlyn is just hallucinating these memories, or there's something more to this murder, and Kaitlyn is the only one who can figure it out.

Richard Gabai directs this thriller in a way that allows the audience to piece-by-piece figure things out with the characters. By the end it's really up for interpretation what the truth is. If you see this with a friend, you will be discussing it long after the credits roll.

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