The world becomes chaos when bat-like creatures are discovered in a cave. These creatures react to sound and are ferocious killers. The film focuses on one family that goes on the run, trying to survive. Our key characters include a 16-year-old deaf girl, Ally along with her younger brother, grandma and both her parents (played by Stanley Tucci & Miranda Otto).
It’s impossible to deny that the film’s plot and the overall concept is remarkably similar to other recent films such as “A Quiet Place” or “Bird Box”. That being said, I had high hopes for something new here. The creatures and the cast line up alone (especially when you have talent on screen like Stanley Tucci) had me excited.
But! The Silence did disappoint me in many ways. The film looks very dull and bland. At one point, I also noticed a couple of digital effect issues which were a complete distraction. I even went back to re-watch these scenes in case it was just a “Netflix glitch”, but no, these scenes had effects that were simply done poorly.
Our characters honestly show very little to no compassion. Creatures are trying to kill them, and even when someone close to them has died, the family’s care factor and facial expressions are way off point. Actor Stanley Tucci is a brilliant actor in my opinion. Still, here he is simply not used to the best of his abilities, and the director behind the camera misses the mark in delivering what should have been critical moments to the film, such as any suspense and heartfelt discussions.
As for the plot, I won’t complain that it’s a repeat and nothing new. But the film’s rules also don’t match up to the characters actions. These creatures murder anything that makes a noise, but yet we have family members who go on Skype to talk or whisper loudly while roaming the streets. I thought evil creatures were flying around everywhere?…anyway, my mistake.
Overall, even though this film is remarkably similar to other films that have recently come out, The Silence is merely dull and uninteresting with an emotionless cast thanks to the director’s guidance. As for the film’s 3rd act and ending, next please.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden