The Institute

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"Is it a cult? Is it a game? Or is it a life-changing adventure..."
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 6.2  (1,379)
  • 55

The Institute, released in 2012, is a horror-thriller film that takes an unusual approach to storytelling by immersing the audience into the story. The movie is blurring the line between reality and fiction to create a unique narrative. The movie follows the journey of several participants who sign up for a mysterious institute - The Jejune Institute - in San Francisco. The Institute's website says that they are an organization that helps people find their purpose in life. However, one of the participants ends up going missing, and a private investigator is hired to find him.

The story is presented through the blending of the fictionalized segments and real-life interviews with the Institute's actual participants. We see the participants engaging in strange and surreal experiences, such as having to follow a trail of clues that seemingly leads nowhere or visiting with someone dressed up in a bunny costume.

The Jejune Institute is a fascinating creation and a great focal point for the movie. The movie successfully creates a world that is both eerie and fantastical while also presenting an exploration of the human psyche. The participants' experience at the Institute is never dull, and the mystery surrounding the Institute and its founder only adds to the intrigue.

The acting in the movie is excellent, with Arye Bender, Boston Blake, and Jeff Hull convincingly portraying their characters. The perspective of the participants is also well-captured, with their interviews allowing us to understand what drew them to the Institute and how the experience changed them.

The low-budget production is evident in the movie's quality, but it's also what adds to the rawness of the movie. Some parts aren't as polished as they could be, such as the sound quality during some of the interviews, but it's all part of the immersion.

The Institute is definitely not for everyone. If you're looking for a traditional horror movie with jump scares and gore, this isn't it. The movie is more focused on creating an unsettling atmosphere than overt horror. It's worth noting that the movie is ambiguous and open to interpretation, which may leave some viewers unsatisfied.

The Institute is a fascinating exploration of the human psyche that successfully blurs the line between reality and fiction. It's a unique movie-going experience that will appeal to viewers who enjoy a more cerebral approach to horror.

The Institute is a 2013 documentary with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 55.

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    1 hr 32 min
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    6.2  (1,379)
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