Sound of My Voice Reviews
*Short sum-up of my thoughts and opinion*
I thought this movie was not too shabby, but not great either, I kept waiting for something to make it an outstanding movie because of the ratings I had seen and reviews were mostly pretty good. But the rating here is actually pretty darn accurate for once in my opinion, this movie is about a 7/10 or so, give or take. It takes what could have been amazing and turns it into, "okay, that was a good movie, but would I watch it again? Probably not" type movie. Worth a watch in my opinion? Yes. Am I crazy about it? No. But at least I didn't waste my time like some movies do.
Peter (Christopher Denham) is a journalist cum elementary school teacher on a mission to expose a cult along with his girlfriend Lorna (Nicole Vicius). They infiltrate the cult whose process is no different than many we have seen or heard in media - secretive, persuasive and weird. It is headed by one Maggie (Brit Marling) who claims to be from the year 2054, she is charismatic, intelligent and her answers and speeches leaves you on the border whether to believe or not. Until one day she asks Peter to bring an 8 year old girl secretively to her.
The number of questions that are raised and left unanswered in this movie would not have happened in my worst test and I was a mediocre student. Throughout it is compelling, thrilling and thought provoking. Technical departments are only as amateurish as an indie movie aspire to be while artistically and intellectually it is on par if not better than any studio production. The background is mostly quiet not even traffic sounds and whenever they have decided to put some music it is tender, soothing and gelled perfectly.
I will never take time travel as science fiction but mostly as a fantasy. But the simple way of how we perceive someone claiming to be from the future is brilliantly depicted by the lead couple and the small group of others who joins the cult. The screenplay left me exhilaratingly curious to know how it all ends even after knowing what Brit Marling has done in her previous work.
Compelling, intriguing, thought provoking and perfectly open ended.
But if you like movies that uses mystery as its ambiance and curiosity as its fuel, well TAAADDAAA
All that said, I've taken a day to figure out what I think happens in this film and I have my answer. The thing is... I don't feel like it really fills me with anything that interesting.
A movie I might compare this to is "The One I Love", a movie I got down on because I did not care about the two main characters. Same is true here. I did not care for Peter. I thought his girlfriend was miscast as the person she was written to be. I did like Maggie though, but the movie keeps her at a far enough distance that I can't exactly root for her.
So ultimately the movie leaves me with very little. I like what I think the plot was telling, but the human storyline about Peter was huge miss for me.
All this said, I would of course recommend this movie. I like movies that come out of nowhere and challenge us. While I didn't find much to take away from this one, I still 100% appreciate that it exists and it did its own thing.
Despite being an unknown cast, one has to venerate the performances from all involved, especially by its most accomplished actor, the fantastic Brit Marling. She inhibits her role to an extraordinary degree, and brings just the right amount of ambiguity. That ambiguity serves the film well, as it's never predictable, yet does leave us a bit unfulfilled as the ending seems overly artsy and wavering.