“The Madness Inside of Me”: Subdued, Sophisticated and With Some Rough Cutting Edges

Thank goodness for indie cinema. It can be rough, jarring and unsettling and far from the smooth and predictable big budget perfection that is boring and uninspiring,

“The Madness Inside Me” could stink with Hollywood predictability but it veers from that oft beaten path.

Imagine you are in your home and some psycho killer bursts in and kills your husband and bashes your head in.

So what is your reaction? Let the law take over and prosecute? Or do you somehow move to a vigilante status and try and deal with the murder the way YOU WANT TO.

Dr. Madison Taylor (Merrin Dungey) was the victim of a home invasion which she survived but her husband was murdered.

Madison is a prison psychiatrist somewhat used to psychotic killers and she develops an unhealthy bond with Francis Tate (Devon Graye) the killer of her husband.

Madison bonds in a very unhealthy way with Tate and descends into his break and enter thrill seeking mentality.

Is Madison bent on revenge or has she crossed into the evil side? To the evil side she has moved but revenge is hers as you can witness with the bullet hole in Tate’s head.

Has Madison descended into a psychotic psychiatrist?

Interesting that a psychotic psychiatrist continues to treat psychotic criminals. It takes one to know one?

The film could have been turned into some mundane and predictable piece of Hollywood slop but it rises above that temptation into a more complex and nuanced film. You might dare to try and compare it to a mundane Die-Hard Bruce Willis film but it is too nuanced and sophisticated to fall into that trap.

Gray and Dungey do very well but the supporting cast is a bit rough and unpolished but how could they be anything more considering the plot they are acting in? Their less than polished performance only adds credibility to the film.

The film was written and directed by Matthew Berkowitz. This 89-minute film opens in select theatres and digital platforms on September 3rd 2021.

You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdw4vu0ELP0

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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