When I picked up Radio Inside at the local video store I had no idea what to expect. I had never heard of the film before - I don't remember it being released at the cinemas and I have certainly never had it recommended to me. When I got it home and popped it in the VCR I was whipped away into delightfully colourful and visually beautiful world.The story is a fairly typical love triangle. Matt (McNamara) is dating Natalie (Shue) who is overwhelmingly attracted to Mike (Walsh). Mike is Matt's younger brother, and Natalie's feelings for him are recipricated. Matt doesn't know how to treat a woman, and Natalie is fed up. Mike is still grieving his father (who was also his bestfriend) who drowned not long ago. Mike is has all the sensitivity that his brother is lacking.
Sorry to rush you through that, but I wanted to get on to the best part - the visuals. My favourite scenes were those in which Mike visited the aquarium. I saw Radio Inside two weeks ago, but when I close my eyes visions of fish (big and small) swimming in startlingly blue water still come to me. In fact, they are haunting me so regularly that I have decided that I have to do one of two things - buy a copy of this film, so I can watch it over and again, or buy a membership to the local aquarium. The amazing thing about all this, is that Mike has an unhealthy obsession with water, ever since his father drowned. The water (as well as his father) haunts Mike - just as, since seeing the film, those same images of water have haunted me. Through watching this beautiful film I have somehow picked up a piece of that character, and to me, that makes Radio Inside a damn good film.
If you're sick of films about love triangles and family disputes then I urge you to watch Radio Inside not for the story (which ends up being a hell of a lot more interesting, and even quite heart wrenching) but for those oh-so-beautiful aquarium scenes. (If that doesn't grab you - it has a pretty funky soundtrack, too, including REM and the Cranberries...)There is something very soothing about Radio Inside - maybe it is the heightened colour, or the regular images of cool blue water. Whatever it is, I'm certain that Radio Inside will stay in your mind long after you have finished watching it.