Movie Review #4765: THE SILENCING
This Canadian effort on Neon is a mystery thriller centred on an alcoholic father grieving his missing daughter and now living somewhat off the grid.
The discovery of the bodies of other girls in the wildlife sanctuary he manages sparks off a game of cat’n’mouse, dragging in the local sheriff and her rather troubled brother along the way.
After a few red herrings and unexpected turns we see the killer becoming obvious and it’s just a matter then of bringing him to justice.
Nice scenery set somewhere north of the Canadian border but does suffer a little from plot disjointedness and a few why-didn’t-he’s before coming to a reasonably predictable conclusion. Nevertheless a half-decent thriller that might have done better with a tighter script and a few hole plugs.
Adequate performances from the leads although I wondered how many wounds the leading guy’s body could take before he’d pass out.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.