Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Voices (2014)

Director: Marjane Satrapi. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver. 103 min. Rated R. USA/Germany. Comedy/Crime.

I don't think it would be spoiling too much to mention the film's namesake: Reynolds is a likable factory worker ... who hears his pets' voices, and talks to them. So we're already in very creepy territory, and the film-makers satisfy every expectation - especially with a shocking mid-movie Beautiful Mind moment, when Reynolds takes his prescribed medications for the first time, momentarily gets better, and demonstrates the horror he lives in. Satrapi (Persepolis) not only proves that in addition to animation, live-action is her forte, but also skillfully guides her mainstream actors to a very eccentric ending, that breaks story-telling rules.

PS: Thank you, Ali S. ... for "salvaging" this one!

Mo says:


  1. I absolutely loved this film, Satrapi really is one to watch!!

    1. Agree. Satrapi's "Chicken with Plums" was a dud, but "The Voices" regained my confidence in her.