Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Nicholas Bell, Luke Elliot, Brendan Cowell, Maude Davey, Henry Nixon
Director: Matthew Saville
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Two heinous crimes have left a suburban town reeling. Police quickly connect them but are desperate for witnesses as the local community enfolds itself in a shroud of secrecy, borne from fear and an untrammeled mistrust of... more »
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A treat from down under
C. Maltezos | Tampa, Fl | 06/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well acted and original Australian thriller that takes a well needed break from the usual serial killer film and instead explores its characters in a creative way. Brendan Cowell gives a strong performance as a policeman wrestling with tinnitus (or a possible brain tumor) while an investigation of a recent mass killing occurs. Director Matthew Saville does a fine job focusing on the characters in the film and how they relate to each other not only as witnesses to a horrific crime but as ordinary, frightened human beings. The pacing is appropriately slow to allow character development and I like how the script and camera observe the situations subtly. There's a good deal of foreshadowing in the film and the ending is ambigious with a shade of religious symbolism.
Because Cowell's character suffers from tinnitus, Saville uses sound in a variety of creative ways to great effect. An original film in all aspects!"
Christmas Music & Shotgun Blasts
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 08/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Noise," not to be confused with the many other films of the same title, is an Australian film by director/screenwriter Matthew Saville. The pacing begins slowly like an art film with attention to detail. We tune into Maia Thomas who plays a witness that obliviously walks onto a subway car with headphones on and belatedly notices that she is sitting in the midst of a massacre where everyone but the killer is dead in the car. She freaks out, at first seeming to befriend the killer and then is spared by him for some unknown reason. We never really get what set the killer off, but come to understand later that he's extremely short tempered. Brendan Cowell plays Graham McGahan, a police constable who has a medical condition tinnitus that causes ringing in the ears, apparent hearing loss at various times and a blackout on an escalator. Put on desk duty, his life seems to be precariously unraveling. His relationship with his detective girlfriend Caitlin Robinson played by Katie Wall seems at times affection and at times stormy. Fiona MacLeod plays Detective Melanie Ryan who investigates the subway incident and interfaces with the witness and McGahan. Stationed in a small police trailer, locals like Dean Stouritis played by Luke Elliott and "Lucky" Phil Heydon played by Simon Laherty drop by and each contribute to the storyline. The imagery and the violent conclusion amid Christmas music blaring on the television, shotgun blasts and helicopters circling makes for a powerful ending that will please fans who both like action and arthouse filmfare. I was moved by it. Enjoy!"
Subtle, delicate, profound.
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 06/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Noise (Matthew Saville, 2007)
Every once in a while, a really good movie comes along that for some reason people just don't get. In the case of Matthew Saville's Noise, the problem seems to have been excessive subtlety, though I didn't have any problems following is plot. This is a movie that does require you to pay attention, though, so be warned; this is not something to rent for casual viewing.
Graham McGahan (Three Blind Mice's Brendan Cowell) is a young police officer who has been suffering from tinnitus for the past eighteen months. As it's getting to the point where he can't hear at all, his CO relegates him to a police van in a shopping center. This happens just after an incident on a train where a number of lives were lost, however, and the community actually needs someone to talk to. McGahan slowly starts to make some friends in the community, but the killer from the train has never been found, and tensions are high. Things are getting ready to fracture along the usual lines, and McGahan finds himself caught in the middle.
This is a movie that takes its time getting to where it's going, allowing the bonds between the characters to build at their own pace, allowing the characters to develop into real, three-dimensional people. Then, of course, there's the mystery aspect of the film, though to be fair for most of the film's length, the mystery of it is so slight that it might as well be a straight drama or even a chick flick instead of the billed thriller. I've little doubt this also put people off, and when it comes right down to it, the entire mystery is underwhelming, even when we actually get to the climax. (A number of people, in discussing and reviewing the film, seem to have missed a crucial piece of evidence. Heed Goat's Rules of Film Viewing #12: always, always, always listen to every word that comes through a radio or television in a movie.) But the mystery here is supposed to be playing second fiddle to McGahan's story anyway, so what does it really matter? But despite not ever really grabbing the viewer, the mystery angle is quite cleverly thought out, and it's obviously subtly presented. As far as I'm concerned, erring on the side of subtlety is always the lesser error when dealing with something like this. Saville got it right.
There is a great deal to digest here, but if you give it the time and thought it deserves, it will reward you amply. An excellent little film, well worth your time. ****