The Voices

"Excellent"

The Voices Review


Utterly bonkers, this movie confounds any attempt to categorise it, blending comedy, romance, horror and drama to become a true one-off. And it maintains such a darkly playful tone that it's impossible not to smile even as things turn rather hideously nasty. Against all odds, these contradicting moods come together into something surprisingly involving, thanks to skilled director Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and clever writer Michael R. Perry. Their approach is so inventive that it's impossible to guess what might happen next.

Set in a small industrial town, the story centres on Jerry (Ryan Reynolds), who was set up with a job in a bathtub factory after his release from a psychiatric institute. Overseen by therapist (Jacki Weaver), Jerry is settling in nicely. He has a crush on Fiona (Gemma Arterton) in accounting, even though it's actually her office colleague Lisa (Anna Kendrick) who likes him. But no one realises that he has gone off his meds and is starting to listen to advice coming from his lovable dog Bosco and his evil cat Mr Whiskers. What they tell him to do is pretty horrific, but he thinks that this is the only way to get his life back on track.

Where the plot goes is seriously grisly, but it's played out by the cast and filmmakers in a blackly comical way that's highly stylised, seeing everything through Jerry's warped perspective. The question is whether he's a serial killer, an insane criminal or an emotionally tormented young man. Whatever, the film is a remarkably internalised exploration of mental illness, because the tone refuses to let us off the hook. And because all of the performances are riotously funny, bridging the gaps between the humour, romance and violence.

Reynolds is terrific in the central role (he also provides the range of outrageous voices inside Jerry's head). Jerry is such a nice guy that we can't hold him responsible for the things he does, simply because we can see his earnest emotions. In this sense, Satrapi and Perry are offering a startling glimpse into what it feels like to be mentally ill, as well as the frustration of being dulled by prescribed drugs. All of this is augmented by fiercely clever production design that plays on both the comedy and iconic scary-movie imagery. The colours and shadings are intense, both in the sets and the characters, so the film can't help but grip the audience tightly. There are a lot of laughs along the way, but it's the story's more chilling darkness that resonates.


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The Voices

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 103 mins

In Theaters: Friday 6th February 2015

Distributed by: Lionsgate Films

Production compaines: 1984 Private Defense Contractors, Mandalay Vision, Studio Babelsberg

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Fresh: 39 Rotten: 12

IMDB: 6.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Marjane Satrapi

Producer: Roy Lee, , , Spencer Silna

Starring: as Jerry / Mr. Whiskers (voice) / Bosco (voice) / Deer (voice) / Bunny Monkey (voice), as Fiona, as Lisa, as Dr. Warren, Ella Smith as Alison, as Dennis Kowalski, Stanley Townsend as Sheriff Weinbacher, as John, as Dave, Valerie Koch as Jerry's Mother, as Jerry (12 years old), Paul Brightwell as Jerry's Stepfather, Alessa Kordeck as Sheryl, Michael Pink as Jesus

Also starring:

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