IMDb Rating: 6.1/10
R | 1h 33min | Action, Crime | 18 Jul 2020 (USA) | Movie
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Director: Robin Pront
Writers: Micah Ranum
Stars: Annabelle Wallis, Zahn McClarnon, Melanie Scrofano, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
IMDb summary: A reformed hunter living in isolation on a wildlife sanctuary becomes involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse when he and the local Sheriff set out to track a vicious killer who may have kidnapped his daughter years ago.
This review was written by Jeremy
We don’t have a method of choosing which movies we watch. Sometimes it’s from the watch list, other times it’s a random movie we’ll see via a trailer or on Netflix or some other streaming service. So you become somewhat spoiled for choice, particularly nowadays. We’re getting quality movies to watch whenever we want. But that also means that we have less and less time for the movies that just don’t catch our eye or are just plain bad. We’ve become a lot pickier with the media we watch.
The Silencing was a trailer movie. We liked the trailer enough to watch it. We also like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from his work in Game of Thrones and we think it’s important to see as much of any actor with real potential and talent regardless of the work they may have done before. Coster-Waldau plays Rayburn Swanson, a hardened ex-poacher who becomes a protector for a national park. As an ex-poacher, he knows all the spots where people will go hunting. His job is to stop any poachers and also check if there is any unusual activity going on in the park.
Rayburn is a little rough around the edges, so-to-speak. He’s also a drunkard and we learn early in the film why that is. He has lost a daughter who he has been searching for. It just so happens that there’s a killer on the loose who focuses on teenager girls. Could this killer be the one? The one that took his daughter?
The first half of the film is a little slow to start, but once the action takes over, it’s less dialogue and more NCW running around the park a lot and teaming up with a sheriff who also has her share of issues. They make a lovely pair – both looking for answers and trying to make the best of things in a nasty situation.
You could classify this as a “detective story” of sorts because it focuses a little on the “who-dun-it” theme throughout. Our principal focus is on Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and the town sheriff who helps him to unravel the mystery of what might have happened to his daughter. They’re in a codependent relationship mostly, and that is significant to the way the film progresses.
As an action flick, it has its moments, but it’s just a little too much like other movies with the same premise; someone’s killing, someone’s trying to stop them, so will they get the person yes/no – rinse repeat. One thing that is underrated in this movie is the music. The soundtrack, by Will and Brook Blair, adds a lot of atmosphere to the action sequences in the park, particularly when it’s time to separate the hunter from the hunted.
We’re calling this a little of a hidden gem, but again, it’s really up to your preference and what you enjoy seeing in your action movies. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was very believable and carried this movie a fair bit. But that’s all good, he’s headed for bigger and better things, fingers-crossed.
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