I’ve often said that if I had to lock down what my favourite genre of film may be, that I’d say documentary, as every other genre can be pretty hit and miss, but with documentaries, be they short or feature films, almost always have something important to say, and often quality of the production isn’t as important. Though the second reason is because I’m such a sucker for true stories, and well, most of the time, that’s exactly what documentaries are trying to tell.
So with The Institute, it was a documentary that I had been looking forward to seeing for a while, well, ever since I saw the trailer I guess. It seemed to tick a lot of boxes that themselves tickle my fancy, such as conspiracies, secret societies, and awesome practical jokes. But above all else a good mystery, which when mixed with a documentary, really perks my interest, as I love true stories such as those. Also a friend of mine said he had seen it and hoped someone else would so that we could talk about it, so I knew I had to see it.
The only issue with mysteries though is once the truth has been revealed it suddenly loses its power, and this doco played its cards far earlier than I thought it would, though the story of course required this to happen. Once it happened though, all the ‘cool’ possibilities about what was going on were dispelled, and it could have easily gone onto be boring, but luckily even with the bubble burst, there was enough interesting shit going on to keep me engaged.
Now, you see I’m kind of skirting around what the film is actually about, and that’s for a reason. So all I can suggest is to check out the trailer, as that should give you enough information to perk your interest to try and get your hands on a copy and then you can discover what it’s all about for yourself.
7.5 out of 10 from me!!!