Newest Reviews
Circumstantial Pleasures
Tyger Tyger
Filmmaker's House, The
Man Standing Next, The
Rock, Paper and Scissors
Batman: The Long Halloween Part One
Salaam Bombay!
Boss Level
My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To
Edge of the World
Treasure City
Shiva Baby
Flowers of Shanghai
War and Peace
Merrily We Go to Hell
Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)
Amusement Park, The
Hands of Orlac, The
Death has Blue Eyes
Kala Azar
After Love
Earwig and the Witch
Zebra Girl
Skull: The Mask
Bank Job
Newest Articles
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
  Silencing, The Grief In A Ghillie Suit
Year: 2020
Director: Robin Pront
Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Annabelle Wallis, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Charlotte Lindsay Maron, Zahn McClarnon, Shaun Smyth, Lisa Cromarty, Leland Assinewai, Kayla Dumont, Josh Cruddas, Caleb Ellsworth-Clark, Jason Jazwary, Brielle Robillard, Melanie Scrofano
Genre: Drama, Action, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Rayburn (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) used to be a dedicated animal hunter, indiscriminate in what he killed, but thanks to a change in circumstances, he has reformed and vowed to be kinder, looking after the creatures in the woodland sanctuary he has been employed to oversee. This means watching out for illegal hunters as much as it does taking care of the animals, but the job suits him as he spends most of his time alone, either in the cabin by the lake or doing his duties, and this also offers him the opportunity to drink alcohol to his heart's content as well. That's because there is a tragedy in Rayburn's background, where his fourteen-year-old daughter went missing and he has been obsessively using his spare time to try and find out what happened to her...

You know all those Scandinavian noir television series? Well, they made films of them as well, though technically, despite its leading man, The Silencing was not one of them, it simply looked a lot like one. This Canadian-shot combination of mystery, action and thriller had a hefty dose of morose drama involved as well, all the ingredients necessary for, say, a Norwegian-set murder yarn, though its North American locations may also remind you of those chilly and tough drama movies like Winter's Bone or Wind River which had been released in a minigenre a few years before. It did have a European director with Robin Pront, who wasn't Scandinavian but was near enough, and overall it was reminiscent of other, on occasion better productions. But this was no dead loss.

Indeed, if you wanted a basic drama-thriller with a mood of bleakness, you could do a lot worse, it was the sort of film you would describe as "solid": it didn't do anything too badly, there were some decent twists to keep your attention engaged, and the action was convincing enough without going way over the top, no matter that the premise, once we discover it, was more fanciful than realistic as to how actual serial killers go about their unlovely business. We suspect Rayburn's daughter has been murdered, with good reason, when a body of an unknown girl is washed up on the river bank, though one detail hints that with a few tweaks Pront could have moulded this into a horror flick, rather than one that gives in to the gory moments and scenes only on selected opportunities, notably at the grand finale, but also with regular injury details when the killer springs into action.

He sports a ghillie suit to both camouflage himself and preserve the identity of the bad guy so it will be a surprise come the big reveal near the conclusion, so there was a bad guy with a distinctive look about him and in keeping with the back to nature milieu. Accompanying the leading man was Annabelle Wallis as the local Sheriff Gustafson who wants to prevent more domestic abuse after a high profile case of a young boy (now Hero Fiennes Tiffin) being victimised by his foster parents has brought shame to a community already not at the most healthy level of a functioning society (just listen to the song they play for the girls to dance to in the strip club bar, which would presumably leave everyone present feeling as if they had reached a new low in their lives). So this was not going to cheer you up especially, but if misery = serious drama representing life as we know it for you, then you would get along with The Silencing easily enough, and it was slickly enough put together, with professional handsome man Coster-Waldau still a charismatic actor as his television exploits had shown off. Music by Brooke and Will Blair.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 354 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf


Last Updated: