Blast of Silence Reviews
I get a really strong Taxi Driver feel from this one, and it wouldn't surprise me if this happened to influence Scorsese in his making it.
If you like noir crime and smooth smooth jazz, this is a definite must see.
Well worth a rental, recommended.
The first thing that you will notis about BOS is that the narration is in second person. This is an odd way to narrate the story but it turned out to be one of the best ways to narrate a movie, it makes the movie more personal and you feel more connected to the story this way. The story is a very solitary and quiet one, there isn't much dialogue between the characters and there isn't that many characters at all. The movie mostly focuses on its driving character: assassin Frank Bono. He was an orphan, lived the life of a killer all his life, a cold and heartless individual. On his trip to christmastime New York for what would be just another hit. But this time, something different happens to Bono. It is sort of a revelation and soon he finds the wrong in his profession. This is one of the best looks into the mind of the assassin and the psychology behind a life of loneliness and murder. The story moves as quickly as possible with the small substance in it. That is what I love about these movies, they can take a very intimate storyline that doesn't leave the world or country in jeopardy, just the lives of the characters themselves. The end is rightfully bleak and unfair it seems but that is just one of the many things to like about noir, it is never fair, but life just goes on.
The acting is one of the only things I wasn't excited about, there isn't much dialogue or interaction between the characters but when they do the dialogue doesn't have much heart behind it. The narration is the real performance to watch, it follows the revelation of a man which makes the short experience much more fufilling. The style behind this film is impressive for such a low budget. There isn't any Michael Bay-sized explosions but what where the film succeeds is making the most out of what little resources the film was made with. The soundtrack is as cool as the rest of the film, with upbeat jazz that just takes the style factor up to 11.
This is definitely one of the better B-noirs I have seen. The second person narration may turn some people off and the short time it takes on screen. Don't think of it as a movie that's too short, be impressed with the amount of story that it is able to put into the brief run time. Noir fans will most certainly enjoy it, others you may or may not but if you ever need a break from whatever hollywood is pumping out these days, than Blast Of Silence may be right up your alley.