Movie Review: SOUND OF MY VOICE

PrintE-mail Written by Katherine McLaughlin

Sound of My Voice Review

Movie Review: Sound of My Voice / Cert: 15 / Director: Zal Batmanglij / Screenplay: Brit Marling, Zal Batmanglij / Starring: Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Brit Marling / Release Date: TBC

Time travel, cults, mass vomit sessions and worm eating all come together in this low budget sci-fi film from first time feature director Zal Batmanglij. Co-written with Brit Marling who also co-wrote Another Earth and similar in its distinct, haunting tone and powerful performances. Maggie (Brit Marling) claims to be from the future, the year 2054 to be exact, and she has returned to take her loved ones and a specially chosen group to a safe place before civil war breaks out. The chosen ones are checked out before entering, but a couple of investigative journalists have infiltrated this cult, set on exposing its leader.

Peter Aitken (Christpher Denham) and Lorna Michaelson (Nicole Vicius) are the two journalists who get embroiled in a web of intrigue and emotional manipulation. The film looks to their pasts with some documentary style camera action (complete with voiceover) to explain their motivations and reveal their secrets. From the start the focus is on these two characters and their intense relationship with Maggie. Peter’s wry logical response to the cult is aimed well at the non-believers in the audience and Denham delivers his dialogue with sharpness. Marling is menacing as the softly spoken Christ-like cult leader Maggie and moves around the group like they are prey. The cult members’ response to her presence is reverence and those that question her don’t last long. She shifts between godly and ghastly with such skill you are never sure whether her intentions are good.

The film is laid out in ten distinct chapters that drive the narrative along by slowly revealing snippets of each of the mains characters’ lives and the unfolding truth. Batmanglij has assembled this film extremely well by focusing on the journey the characters go on and merging it with a fascinating idea about a woman who is either from the future or a dangerous megalomaniac. All the pieces of the puzzle come together in a poignant and illuminating ending that will leave you wanting more.

Sound of My Voice stands out amongst other low budget sci-fi due to the strong directorial hand and originality. The tone is immaculate, focusing on the ideas and backed by a strong script that has room for humour that will make you laugh out loud but doesn’t veer away from the intensity. Claustrophobic camera angles, witty believable dialogue and a pitch perfect performance from Marling make for cleverly constructed sci-fi.

Expected: 8 out of 10

Actual:



Suggested Articles:
Volumes of Blood impressed a lot of genre-loving folks in 2015 with a low-budget underdog approach t
Dawn Of The Deaf is an engaging, horrifying, mystifying and, due to its brief length, tantalising ta
Ordinarily, explaining the concept of a short would be bad form to even consider, but Rites of Venge
With For a Good Time, Call… horror short heroine Izzy Lee (whose gender-flipped Lovecraft tale Inn
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Movie Reviews

VOLUMES OF BLOOD: HORROR STORIES 16 August 2017

DAWN OF THE DEAF [SHORT FILM] 16 August 2017

RITES OF VENGEANCE [SHORT FILM] 16 August 2017

FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…[SHORT FILM] 16 August 2017

A GHOST STORY 15 August 2017

THE DOMICILE 14 August 2017

ALIEN: REIGN OF MAN 07 August 2017

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS 06 August 2017

THE EMOJI MOVIE 06 August 2017

ANNABELLE: CREATION 04 August 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner