Sunday, 27 November 2016

Hush (Mike Flanagan, 2016)

Hush (2016) Poster

Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Samantha Sloyan, Michael Trucco

Summary: A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.

Genre: Thriller

Watched: May 21st, 2016

Like most films I've watched this year I found this gem on Netflix (it really has become my favourite things this year!), and after seeing the poster and reading the description I knew I had to see it.

There have been plenty of home invasion films like this, but this film is made a lot more scarier just by having a deaf protagonist.

I love how as soon as the film starts we're put into Maddie's (Kate Siegel) shoes with the films incredible sound design. As we watch Maggie cook dinner we can hear everything from the onions being sliced to eggs sizzling away in the pan, before zooming in on Maddie's face and the sound falling away.

I remember thinking around this point I wonder who the deaf character is because I could hear everything around me, which I know is a ridiculous thought to have. Just because I can hear what's happening around me, that doesn't meant that the person beside me isn't deaf.
Hush (2016) Still
I probably should have realised that Maddie was deaf when the sound fell away the closer we got to her face, but it was so subtle that I didn't realise it was missing until it came back in.

Even then I didn't realise that I still didn't realise Maddie was deaf, it was only until she began signing with her next door neighbour that I made the connection.

I thought this film was brilliant and I loved the story. I really enjoy films that get you talking and thinking about what you would do if you were in that situation and this is definitely one of them!

Rating: 9/10
One Final Word: Very Good

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