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½ December 19, 2014
A tense and compelling thriller that works on so many levels that it seems ripped straight from the novel. Beautifully photographed and powerfully acted, The Silence makes you feel for these characters, and feel the immense weight of the events through the images and performances. The script is so dense and smart that you are completely enveloped in the story as it unfolds, and the direction and performers are so capable that you can't help but care for all of these characters. It is often difficult to manage an ensemble this size, but the director does it so well that every character is given their due. The Silence is one of the best thrillers I've ever seen.
November 1, 2013
This is a very well done murder mystery/thriller. The subject matter involves pedophiles and the murder of children. So, the dramatic tension is in-your-face. The most violent events occur off-camera. The disturbing sleaze is also off-camera. The director still manages to effect a heavy creepiness factor.

The cast is large; with many parallel story lines. There are three flawed policemen. One retired who could not solve a murder. A new police chief who is incompetent. And, a grieving, recently widowed detective who is barely able to function. There is also a very pregnant female detective who is totally together. We also have the families of: two of the murdered or missing girls, and the family of one of the perps. And, we have two multifaceted perps, with a very odd relationship. All of the principal actors are very good. There is a lot going on. The movie is long at about 2 hours.

The cinematography is excellent. The soundtrack perfectly catches the mood from scene to scene. Percussion emphasis is delivered at just the rite moments.

It was a somewhat disturbing, yet very engrossing, movie.

It was a good trip to the flics.
½ December 19, 2014
A tense and compelling thriller that works on so many levels that it seems ripped straight from the novel. Beautifully photographed and powerfully acted, The Silence makes you feel for these characters, and feel the immense weight of the events through the images and performances. The script is so dense and smart that you are completely enveloped in the story as it unfolds, and the direction and performers are so capable that you can't help but care for all of these characters. It is often difficult to manage an ensemble this size, but the director does it so well that every character is given their due. The Silence is one of the best thrillers I've ever seen.
November 1, 2013
This is a very well done murder mystery/thriller. The subject matter involves pedophiles and the murder of children. So, the dramatic tension is in-your-face. The most violent events occur off-camera. The disturbing sleaze is also off-camera. The director still manages to effect a heavy creepiness factor.

The cast is large; with many parallel story lines. There are three flawed policemen. One retired who could not solve a murder. A new police chief who is incompetent. And, a grieving, recently widowed detective who is barely able to function. There is also a very pregnant female detective who is totally together. We also have the families of: two of the murdered or missing girls, and the family of one of the perps. And, we have two multifaceted perps, with a very odd relationship. All of the principal actors are very good. There is a lot going on. The movie is long at about 2 hours.

The cinematography is excellent. The soundtrack perfectly catches the mood from scene to scene. Percussion emphasis is delivered at just the rite moments.

It was a somewhat disturbing, yet very engrossing, movie.

It was a good trip to the flics.
April 7, 2013
Very, very difficult to watch, but an excellent movie.
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