Creature horror is somehow making a comeback – thanks largely to bigger budgets. Another flavour of the season is the characteristic of sound, about how the creatures hear sounds and voices and attack human beings. A handful of films on this concept have released. Netflix’s latest offering, The Silence, is another one in that list – here’s the complete review.
Ally Andrews is a young girl who has lost her hearing in a car accident. She lives with her parents, Hugh and Kelly Andrews, her brother Jude, and her maternal grandmother Lynn. Their life goes for a toss when cave researchers inadvertently release pre-historic animals who hunt by sound.
What’s wow : The Silence delivers what it is supposed to. The body count in this film is high, and each of the deaths are scripted nicely. You won’t feel that a character has been killed off. Performances by Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto and John Corbett hit the mark.
This is the kind of film that doesn’t have a main protagonist – all of them have their fifteen seconds of fame. Kiernan Shipka does a good job of playing a complex character. Stanley Tucci plays the father and portrays someone who has it in him to take difficult decisions when they need to be taken.
The film also brings up an interesting antagonist – blind, maybe prehistoric creatures who are attracted to sounds and noises. The action sequences are well made and have an emotional context. More on that, The Silence is as much a horror film as it’s a film about human relationships, that includes family, friends and love.
What’s Blah : The Silence doesn’t offer anything new. Prehistoric, mysterious creatures are past their expiry date by now. Basically, the film doesn’t have what it takes to create a whole new villain. At best, The Silence is a campy horror film, best to watch at home with your favorite beverage. The director John R Leonetti takes the film a few notches down with his idea of slow-speeding the scenes where the characters make sacrifices. That’s what dumbs down the movie to television levels.
Parting Shot : The Silence is one of those horror-thrillers you’d watch at home.
Cast & Crew :
Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto, John Corbett
Director: John R Leonetti
Writer: Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke.
Watch the trailer here :