Movie Review – The Quiet Ones (2014)

The Quiet Ones
Directed by John Pogue
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: August 19, 2014

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When I first saw the trailer for THE QUIET ONES, I didn’t get very excited; it reminded me of THE CONJURING for some reason, and therefore my expectations were immediately low. Upon watching this film, however, I discovered I was very wrong. Although it is set in the past, it doesn’t match the other film much at all. And while THE QUIET ONES is not a perfect film, it is scary and fun, and definitely worth watching.

If you are not familiar with THE QUIET ONES, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

Inspired by terrifying real experiments. When a crazed university professor (Jared Harris) and his team of students set out to cure a disturbed patient, the unthinkable happens. Trusting in their leader and his motives, Brian (Sam Claflin) and his fellow students find themselves far from help… and all too close to a sinister force they never suspected.

This is one of those films that must be experienced in surround sound to truly be appreciated. I can’t tell you how many times I jumped because of noises behind me or a whisper that comes in from the side. I LOVE films like this, and I wish every movie could contain this sort of aspect.

THE QUIET ONES is shot well and looks great overall. It is set in 1974, and the production team does a stellar job of recreating the look and feel of that time period. The cinematography is tight, and there a few obscure camera angles that really help bring a feeling of menace to the film.

The acting is great as well. The cast does a great job with their roles, particularly Olivia Cooke who portrays the troubled Jane Harper. Cooke gives a fantastic performance that is both believable and enjoyable. I look forward to future roles from her.

The story in THE QUIET ONES is where things drop a bit. For as riveting as the drama is, the story itself heads in a couple of quirky directions. There are two side-plots that didn’t make much sense to me, however maybe I simply misunderstood them. I am not going to go into detail here, as I don’t want to give anything away.

But regardless, THE QUIET ONES is a heck of a film and has plenty of scares for all of you fright-fans. And for being PG-13, it is a nice horror flick that younger viewers can enjoy. I recommend this one and suggest you look for it tomorrow when it hits store shelves.

MSB

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