WACKY WILBUR FALLS
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 07/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"DEAD SILENCE (original title: Wilbur Falls) is one of those movies that doesn't seem to know if it's a comedy or a drama, but it's unique enough to entertain in an odd sort of way. Shanee Edwards plays Renata, a high school valedictorian who leads us back to four years earlier and a nasty stunt played on her by her high school comrades. Four years later it leads her to plot revenge against the jock (Charlie Newmark) which leads to his accidental death. She tries to cover it up, with the help of her best friend. Meanwhile the jock's girlfriend Jodie is pregnant and asks Renata to help her get an abortion, which leads them to Renata's older sister who is involved with a second rate gangster named Johnny Handsome. It all gets pretty strange with some bizarre twists. Danny Aiello plays her father, a former cop who is married to spiritually inclined Sally Kirkland. David Anthony Marshall plays Aiello's replacement, a redneck kind of sheriff who never buttons his shirt. They all do well with Edwards very effective in her complex role. Not a great film but enjoyable."