A Danish family consisting of Bjørn (Morten Burian), his wife, Louise (Sidsel Siem Koch), and their only daughter, Agnes (Liva Forsberg), take a much-needed and long-overdue holiday. While on holiday, they make an unexpected new friendship with another family. Both families share common interests, and the company is fun and pleasant.
When Bjørn and his family return home, life returns to everyday routines, and unhappiness is evident. Soon, a postcard arrives inviting Bjørn and his family to spend a weekend with their recently made friends. They accept the invite and drive a lengthy distance by car, excited to have another adventure and connect in friendship. However, what begins as a weekend with good times, laughter, and great memories soon becomes something far more disturbing, sadly unexpected and deeply unpleasant.
Speak No Evil contains multiple genres: drama, thriller and, most importantly, horror. Make no mistake; this is a slow-burning film that builds to a conclusion that is surprising, disturbing and unforgettable. What works wonderfully is the tension that keeps growing and growing with each new scene. It’s evident that something is going to happen but what and when were the questions I kept asking myself. The mystery in this film is a strength, and most reveals have an unpredictable element that feels fresh.
Visually, I very much adored this film. Every shot looks excellent, and like the story, scenes are packed with tense moments and smooth shots with wonderfully sharp detail. Performances are great, but I can’t deny that I found some of the characters a little challenging, especially when our leads make abysmal choices that are slightly challenging to accept as viewers.
Overall, this is quite an impressive film for multiple reasons. Firstly, it’s highly dramatic and thrilling, building slowly toward a shocking and unsettling finale that will stay with its viewers for a long time. Performances are great, and the filming style presented from start to finish is excellent and highly enjoyable. Character choices are one aspect that will frustrate viewers, but in return, as the credits roll, there’s plenty to digest and ponder. You can’t help but appreciate the concept and themes even if it keeps you awake at night.
7th January 2023
Written by Peter Walkden
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