The Institute is a thriller starring James Franco and Eric Roberts and had me bored, frustrated and simply not interested throughout. Based very very very very loosely on a true story it follows a girl who commits herself into an asylum after a tragedy only to find out that nefarious dealings go on within its walls. Franco not only stars but directs here and many don't realize he's been directing for over a decade now! I just personally don't think he's very good at it, and quite frankly I don't like seeing him in front of the camera either. I get what the movie is doing and the concept is passable enough, sadly the execution is lacking and meanders through its 90 minute runtime at a grindy boring pace. It has its moments and that finale was quite inspired but entertaining? Hardly. I'm sure had we known the truth about what truth happened in the real Rosewood center that would have been for a more interesting tale. The Good: Decent finale The Bad: Simply unlikable James Franco Things I Learnt From This Movie: I'll never understand why people adapt true stories and turn them into fiction anyway I don't like James Franco's face
In 19th century Baltimore, a girl stricken with grief from her parents' untimely death voluntarily checks herself into the Rosewood Institute, and is subjected to bizarre and increasingly ...
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April 7, 2019