Noise (2007)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

An afflicted Melbourne cop whose ears won't stop ringing and whose life is locked in a downward spiral attempts to balance the pressure of his job with his disconcerting case of tinnitus in director Matthew Seville's grim psychological drama. Graham McGahan (Brendan Cowell) is an Aussie cop who's on the beat in a secretive suburban community. When a pair of gruesome crimes shakes a quiet middle class community and the residents refuse to assist the police investigation due to fear and mistrust, it begins to appear as if someone has gotten away with murder. Soon after applying for worker's compensation due to his maddening case of tinnitus, Constable McGahan reluctantly accepts his new post at a police caravan on the periphery of the crime scene. It is here, at the outer edge of a crucial investigation, that the suffocating grip of guilt and suspicion begins to take its toll on the policemen who realizes precisely how such heinous crimes can devastate an entire community.
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Film Victoria

Watch it now


Brendan Cowell
as Constable Graham McGahan
Maia Thomas
as Lavinia Smart
Henry Nixon
as Craig Finaly
Nicholas Bell
as Senior Detective Noel Birchall
Katie Wall
as Constable Caitlin Robinson
Fiona MacLeod
as Detective Melanie Ryan
Maud Davey
as Senior Constable Rhonda Harris
Maude Davey
as Senior Constable Rhonda Harris
Luke Elliot
as Dean Stouritis
Simon Laherty
as "Lucky" Phil Heydon
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Noise

All Critics (2)

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Full Review… | July 23, 2009

There's always something interesting taking place.

Full Review… | July 13, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Noise

I don't know why this didn't get better reviews. Brendan Cowell did an awesome job. I'm looking forward to seeing him in other films.

Barry Hickman
Barry Hickman

The simply titled Australian import "Noise" is a most unusual film, a multi-layered exploration of fear, isolation and grief that won many accolades in its country of origin. It's a quiet, moody film that is in complete contrast to its title, with many different plot lines that sometimes converge but many times do not. There are several terrific moments here, but the central problem of the film is that those moments never really congeal together to make for a cohesive movie. This is more of a collection of dramatic scenes rather than a meaningful drama, although clearly many people disagree with that. The opening scene is jarring but the rest of the film is maddeningly subdued and introspective. Director Matthew Saville has a lot he wants to say, but the film left me empty and unsatisfied and by the end I was just left wondering what the point was. Several plot threads are never quite resolved and the film's tone is completely ambiguous. There are some good performances, especially from Brendan Cowell in the lead. He's asked to carry the movie for the most part, and he does an admirable job. Also good is newcomer Maia Thomas who is just terrific in a sympathetic role. Both their characters made an impact on me, but unfortunately, the film on the whole did not. In fact, much of "Noise" left me cold, an ambitious picture that has a lot going on even though not much seems to happen. Subtlety has its place, but in this case, I wish the film had said what it wanted to say more clearly.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

This actors in the film gave it major potential. Unfortunately this film was produced by those who get ENTIRELY too deep into film production. This is a very frustrating watch as there is no plot and it meanders around to an ending that makes entirely no sense at all. I could get off into a bunch of metaphorical blather about how this scene matched another and how things were interconnected and how the screen shots, use of color, foreshadowing your time and rent something else. p.s. I can't remember when I heard the F word used so frequently, an old Richard Pryor stand up routine, or a nasty porno movie (I haven't watched any of that filth in over a decade). They used this word almost as frequently as 'and'; this too made this movie un-enjoyable to me.

Fred G Sanford
Fred G Sanford

Noise Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Noise on our Movie forum!

News & Features