Netflix A-Z: The Quiet (2005)

Next up on the Netflix A-Z segment is the letter Q. As mentioned in the previous round, there are such limited movies available on Netflix. A few more rounds and I will have to start digging into my own movie collection. But, we haven’t reached that point, our Q selection is The Quiet, a film I know nothing about and haven’t heard about before maybe a month ago (or whenever it hit Netflix).

Let’s check it out!

The Quiet (2005)

The Quiet

Director: Jamie Babbit

Cast: Camilla Belle, Elisha Cuthbert, Edie Falco, Martin Donovan, Shawn Ashmore, Katy Mixon

Dot (Belle), a young deaf and mute woman, is sent to live with her godparents (Falco and Donovan) and their daughter (Cuthbert). The new addition to the household realizes that everything is not copacetic in the home, and the family’s dark come to light.-IMDB

Before we get to the actual review, let us talk about the poster. Doesn’t it give a similar feeling of Cruel Intentions? At least even though nothing before and reading a description that didn’t make any sense to me, that was what I thought I would be watching… but its not. Nothing like that. Its not a bad movie but there are a lot of edgy topics (which is fine) and just a ton of stuff that seemed to make no sense. I get the flow of the movie but maybe this time around it was a lack of acting or emoting making the little nuances just feel like the hints were more like the director whacking over heads what is coming up while trying to be mysterious and still keep it a big twist.

The Quiet

The Quiet is set up in a weird way. Most of the tone is set up well enough. Even the dialogue isn’t all that bad. Some of it is clunky especially when the characters all start spilling their secrets to Dot, the deaf goddaughter that gets taken into this family. The language gets vulgar and actually a little disturbing but its all in context of the movie. I can imagine doing that under the circumstances especially if you take it that everyone hides something they don’t want to share because they can’t imagine what others will perceive them afterwards or if they even have embraced whether they like or hate that part of themselves. Dot is like the hole in the tree that you scream or release all your inner thoughts. I would probably still feel better talking to a tree though but thats probably just me. Those moments however are the best moments in The Quiet especially Elisha Cuthbert’s part.

The Quiet

Talking about the cast, Elisha Cuthbert is possibly the best part of this, not to mention this might be the first movie I’ve seen of hers. I have always wanted to because she is from Montreal and an alumni from my high school.  Neat piece of trivia, right? Regardless, she is pretty good at this role.  It was effective.  Her character was more complex.  On the other hand, Camilla Belle also did a decent job for the most part.  I do think that there were flaws in the fact that she slightly overacted certain parts that helped reveal the secret but that could also be like an editing or lack of detail issue in the production.  I don’t know what the mindset was behind some scenes that made it painfully obvious of what it was all about.  I really can’t fault the cast here much but Martin Donovan playing the father was a little over sometimes also.  He also made a “twist” feel somewhat obvious especially in certain interactions. But the one I want to talk about is Shawn Ashmore who plays a supporting role as a guy that likes Dot.  On one hand, he fit that character pretty well in the disturbing, secret revealing moments but in other parts, he also was super stupid, just how the character was done. But, no character was quite as annoying as Katy Mixon’s as Elisha Cuthbert’s character’s best friend.  Its hard to elaborate anymore without spoiling it in case any of you want to watch The Quiet at any point.

The Quiet

Overall, there’s not a whole lot to say about The Quiet.  Its an average movie.  As a thriller, it fails at a most levels because it tries too hard to be mysterious and in turn makes a lot of the plot surprises become really obvious.  On the other hand, the cast does well with what they have.  Elisha Cuthbert stands out to me the most but Martin Donovan and Camille Belle and Shawn Ashmore also are rather good, better in some parts than others but still it all works together.  The Quiet is weird and it touches on some iffy and disturbing themes.  In the end, its about the dark and disturbing secrets that people hide under their pretty appearances. This one pretty much falls apart somewhere in the middle but then they do try hard to recuperate.  Its an okay movie to catch on a rainy afternoon when you have nothing else to do.

Have you seen The Quiet? What did you think about it?

Halloween Marathon: Frozen (2010)

This movie made me feel like a total victim of false advertising, especially when the cover said something like a “gut-wrenching horror film” and then IMDB says that its not, but its a drama thriller, which is what I felt it was also.  Either way, I do enjoy myself a good thriller 🙂 Lets check it out!

frozen posterDirector: Adam Green

Cast: Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers

Joe (Shawn Ashmore), Dan (Kevin Zegers) and his girlfriend Parker (Emma Bell) head to a ski trip.  After taking a few runs and heading in to eat, they decide to go back to catch one last run before it closes.  After begging to have the permission to go up for a last minute run, they hop onto the chairlift and it stops halfway.  Hoping that the chairlift will start again, they eventually realize that everyone has left when the lights go out.  A storm is coming, the weather is cold and frostbite is hitting them.  They need to figure out a way to get out of their situation as the park only opens a few days later.

Frozen

 

Frozen is definitely a drama thriller.  Its actually a pretty good one and the one advantage it has is that it has a short enough running time to make it not feel like a drag but rather keep the intensity and drama in some form of balance.  I’m not saying its the best thriller out there but its a decent story.  The drama arises mostly from the problems between the three.  This movie suffers a bit from predictability.  For the most part, between my boyfriend and I, we figured out a good part of what would happen and for once, at least, the ending didn’t exactly piss us off.  That usually surprises me these days 🙂

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All the actors here are familiar faces either from parts of TV series that I’ve seen or from some movie here and there.  I think they delivered quite believable characters.  In a movie like this, where its really them against the elements/environment, whatever you want to call it, its really about them. They are the ones who make the call and the events that happen after that, they need to deal with all of it.  The girl was probably by far the most annoying out of the three, but maybe it was just because of the role she was given to play. However, as the movie progresses, because of all the quality time on screen with each of the characters, I started to feel the pain, horror, and devastation from the whole situation.  The fear of dying and the unknown and just really doing everything possible to survive.

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Sometimes, I find that this is really the scary part that does qualify it in the area of a horror flick.  What scares us is how no one can control the natural environment around us, for example, the changing weather, the temperature and wildlife.  Its a decision that can only be bad and worse and making that choice.  In this one, they really put it quite well together.

Before I started this post, I was thinking of whether it is an effective movie and after writing this out, I really think it is.  It really makes the audience feel like they are in the moment and consider what they would do in that situation.  For sure, some of the characters make some stupid choices but a lot of it dials down to luck when faced with the unknown in a deserted area. I’d really recommend it if you like this sort of drama thriller with just a touch of psychological horror.  The movie is slow and quiet for a good part so don’t go into this expecting a lot of action but rather more thinking and making desperate decisions in an extremely desperate situation.