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Great premise, middling execution.
A high-concept, high-energy lark.
"Sound of Noise" is a dry treat - a solid, self-aware cult pleasure.
Filmmakers Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson and their engaging cast pull off the feat with no strain and a surprising amount of heart.
"Sound of Noise" is like no heist movie you've ever seen; these bandits want only to transform a city into a canvas for their special brand of aural art.
The energy flags whenever the vandals are at rest, and a romantic subplot feels like an afterthought. But Nilsson is a delight, and the filmmakers' own creativity transforms shock into awe.
Sound of Noise is outside the box, original and inventive. It's also hilarious, and extremely entertaining. The film is one of SFIFF's highlights.
It never achieves much coherence when it tries for more than slapstick comedy.
I've seen a lot of detective stories, but never one about a detective trying to track down a bunch of performance artists who are playing illegal music.
The premise is so delightfully strange, it almost sounds like an Etgar Keret short story, or maybe even a playful exercise by Gabriel García Márquez.
The film's joke is kind of one-note, although it maintains an exhilarating beat throughout. If Sound of Noise is the rhythm of the new city symphony, play on.
A buoyant comedy that never hits a wrong note.
In "Sound of Noise," Sanna(Sanna Persson) drives a stolen van to the beat of a different drummer, Magnus(Magnus Borjeson). They are tired of the old routine which is getting them nowhere and decide on something big, namely Magnus' concerto, 'Music for One City and Six Drummers' before recruiting four other frustrated musicians. Speaking of the authorities, detective Amadeus Warnebring(Bengt Nilsson) is hot on their trail since ironically being tone deaf in a family full of musicians means he can tell the difference between the sounds of a metronome and a ticking bomb.
To put it simply, "Sound of Noise" is a musical caper movie. Now, there is something you do not see every day done in a rather atypical fashion. That's true even if it just comes down to artists wanting their work to matter, and not to do it just for the money. Specifically, this involves drummers who are expected to keep the rhythm of the music going while secretly wanting to do a twenty minute solo which you would not find with flutists unless of course it's Jethro Tull you're talking about. As far as Detective Warnebring goes, I guess I see where he fits into here, even though I honestly don't get how the silence is supposed to work.
Essentially, "Sound of Noise" is an average movie blessed with a good gimmick. This Swedish comedy follows two terrorist musicians who recruit four oddball drummers to help perform a city-wide, avant-garde "piece." The renegade composition spans four movements, each set at a different location (the first is an operating room), as the trespassing ensemble exploits onsite tools to craft complex, percussive grooves. In other words, this film is a must-see for "Stomp" fans.
The group is pursued by the ironically named Amadeus (Bengt Nilsson), a mousy, insecure detective whose life just happens to have a major musical issue -- his genius brother is a world-renowned conductor, while he himself is frustratingly tone-deaf. His handicap is depicted in a strange, surreal way -- apparently, whenever a neighborhood item is incorporated into the percussion troupe's mischief, he permanently loses the ability to hear it. This storytelling element fails to lead anywhere and isn't as evocative as the filmmakers hope. Another problem is that the pivotal guerrilla performances grow larger and larger in scope yet become less and less interesting as music.
If you can't spare the 102 minutes, just look up the musical scenes on YouTube. You won't be missing much.
A music-hating, tone deaf detective from a family of musical prodigies tracks down a gang of musical terrorists staging disruptive performances across Stockholm. If David Lynch directed the Swedish cast of STOMP in an action-comedy, I think it would go a little something like this...
After the unpleasant experience that was Project X, and I DO mean unpleasant, I may have showered the next movie I saw, if it was good, with blind praise just because of the taste Project X left in my mouth. It truly was a horrendous movie, offensive and unfunny. Which brings us to this film, which I thought was pretty damn good all things considered. Problem is while the concept is truly unique for a 'crime' movie, I think it just relies heavily on its concept to carry it. It's definitely a very entertaining movie, but it's not consistently so. It's definitely a very up and down movie. All 4 'movements' are pretty much excellent and really clever and this is where the movie truly shines. I also enjoyed Oscar's arc and how his being tone deaf, and coming from a family of famous musicians where he was the only one not to become one, was pretty much the driving force for his actions and it was a pretty clever way to present a character. Overall a fun movie, but one that's probably better suited to be a short film, which this movie was based on with the same cast, rather than a full-length one.
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