Film #3 of the Halloween 31
I have wanted to watch this film since it debuted on Netflix earlier this year, and I have heard a lot of good things about it from friends, so I decided that there was no better time to watch it than now, when I am trying to watch 31 horror movies during the month of October. It may be a product of over-hype, but I didn't love the movie as much as I thought I would.
There are some great parts in this film. The idea of the protagonist being deaf and mute is definitely an interesting one. The scenes in which we experience the action as she experiences, with little to no sound, are among the best and most suspenseful scenes in the film. The film does a very good job overall of building suspense, despite a few missteps. Kate Siegel and John Gallagher, Jr. both give very good performances in the film. Siegel is believable in her role, expressive with the inability to use words. Gallagher, Jr. is just ridiculously creepy. I think that he was perfectly cast in his role to create an eerie atmosphere. The cinematography of the film is often beautiful, intriguing from the opening shot.
That being said, there are still a lot of flaws within the film. The protagonist makes a lot of stupid decisions. The film actually never shows her think until towards the very end, which ends up being a bit confusing, although it is a well-shot scene. I didn't like the fact that they chose to remove the antagonist's mask early in the film. It could have been a big reveal, which I think would have worked better. Gallagher, Jr.'s performance is definitely creepy, but that mask multiplies his creepiness. I think that was a choice on the part of the writers that was a bit weak. I also thought that the character development was a bit amateurish, coming mostly from expository dialogue. It isn't obvious to the point of being annoying, but I didn't care for it much.
So overall, "Hush" is a good horror film, whose protagonist makes it stand out a little among the rest, but I didn't think it to be as great another people have said. It's not a waste of your time, but it isn't the most fulfilling watch.
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably not.
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