Inside – Movie Review

Willem Dafoe attempts an art heist in a luxury penthouse and gets more than he bargained for.

Willem Dafoe stars in the strangest heist films ever, Inside. Dafoe has an impressive resume, including various odd performances, and this film is one of them. Vasilis Katsoupis directs this psychological thriller. His last film was the 2015 musical documentary My Friend Larry Gus. This film will have a limited release beginning March 17th, 2023.


Nemo is an art thief that finds himself stuck in a New York penthouse after his heist doesn’t go to plan. Locked inside with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and invention to survive. 

This movie will not be for everyone. There will be times you feel incredibly uncomfortable and even disgusted. However, inside starts strong as the entire film is dedicated to the performance of Willem Dafoe, which is captivating and convincing. He is easily one of the greatest actors of all time. I don’t want to give any plot points away, but being stuck inside this New York City Penthouse is torturous for multiple reasons. What annoyed me with the story was that he did not have a proper plan to escape and did not utilize most of his time and energy efficiently. If Defoe were not starring, this movie would be unwatchable. Even so, midway through, this movie starts to drag as it dives into the psychological elements revolving around art.


I give inside 3 out of 5 stars. The tense story may be entertaining for moviegoers that love feeling anxious in the theaters. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Willem Dafoe in Inside

Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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