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|Original title:||The Silence|
|Genre:||Mystery, Horror, Adventure, Thriller|
|Direction:||John R. Leonetti|
|Production country:||USA/Deutschland 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 90 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
During an expedition in an inaccessible cave system in North America, a dangerous type of flying parasite is released. This species, called "Wasp", can't see a thing, but it jumps mercilessly at everything it perceives with its excellent hearing. Humans seem to be helpless at the mercy of these primeval monsters. Many try to barricade themselves in their homes or flee to supposedly safe places. So also the family of the deaf Ally (Kiernan Shipka). Their parents (Stanley Tucci and Miranda Otto) are convinced that it is safer for them outside the city. But even the journey to the countryside quickly develops into a merciless fight for survival, in which every little noise can mean certain death. And then the family must also recognize that in these apocalyptic times the danger does not only emanate from the "wasps"…
"The Silence" has a very big problem. No, this does not mean the numerous clichés or holes in logic with which the script and staging of this Netflix co-production have to struggle. Rather, it is the fact that with "Bird Box" and especially with "A quiet Place" two films with similar themes have been released in the past months, which have implemented the whole thing much better and more effectively. Without these direct comparison possibilities "The Silence" would still not be a masterpiece. But the justified points of criticism would certainly not weigh so heavily.
However, one is always distracted and can hardly enjoy the atmospheric pictures while asking oneself: Why does Ally still have W-Lan after a quasi-apocalypse in the middle of nowhere? Or: Would it not have been enough to put a yapping dog or a grandmother with asthma in the car for the family, did it really have to be both? There are so many moments that tear you out of the story, which is quite exciting in itself, especially when a comparison with similar genre representatives of the recent past is forced upon you.
Director John R. Leonetti ("Annabelle") always manages to build up some effective moments of tension. But he does not really want to succeed in connecting them by a reasonable arc. The badly rushed ending doesn't help much to improve the rather mixed overall impression. Not a really bad movie that's really well suited for a relaxed Netflix evening. But in the end there is too little to offer for a visit to the cinema. That's why there's only one: Worth seeing with significant reductions!
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