Director: Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton, Jacki Weaver, Ella Smith, Paul Chahidi
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Age Rating: R/15
Running Time: 103 minutes
Arrow Films has brought us a brilliant blend of awkward comedy, an original plot line, gory scenes and a deep undertone to create this 103 minute feature film which centres on a mentally disturbed factory worker Jerry (played by Ryan Reynolds).
“The Voices is directed by Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian author and filmmaker best known for the Academy Award nominated animated film Persepolis (2007). Ryan Reynolds stars as a troubled, med-addicted factory worker driven to murder by his talking pets, a psychopathic cat called Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, his peace-loving dog. Reynolds also voices both of the animals, while Jacki Weaver, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick play the women unfortunate enough to cross his path.”
Trying to pursue an office crush on sales assistant Fiona (Gemma Arterton), Jerry turns sinister when she stands him up on a date. His interaction with both Fiona and Lisa (Anna Kendrick) from here onwards takes a turn for the worse as he falls down the same path of mental instability as his mother.
Jerry battles the need to take his pills by realising that life is too dark, gloomy and lonely when he takes them, but peculiar, crazy and enjoyable when he is not on medication.
Ryan Reynolds gives a stellar performance as a mentally disturbed serial killer, honing in his dramatic and twisted performances we have seen in films such as BURIED (2010) and SAFE HOUSE (2012) along with his comedy best which we see in the likes of THE CHANGE-UP (2011).
Gemma Arterton brings a lot of comedy to the screen with her sarcastic nature, and Anna Kendrick provides a solid performance as well, making a comeback from her recent musical performances in INTO THE WOODS (2014) and PITCH PERFECT 2 (2015).
Overall, THE VOICES completely took me by surprise! From the trailer, I was expecting a strange and unusual dark comedy involving 3 credited actors, but what I came across was a brilliantly deep and complex psychological thriller. It was oddly enjoyable and a very interesting watch, which allowed me to see Ryan Reynolds in an intelligent role which truly showcases his acting diversity. One thing I will say is that you will not see a stranger end credits montage this year than THE VOICES!
Reality Vs Imagination!
Recommendation: If you’re a dark comedy or psychological thriller fan, you’re in for a treat here! It is worth a DVD or Blu-Ray purchase for those fans. However, if you’re a Ryan Reynolds super fan, or alternatively a fan of Steelbook artwork, THE VOICES would be a great addition to your collection!
The Voices is released on DVD, Blu-ray and limited edition Zavvi.com Steelbook through Arrow Films on Monday July 13th
Bonus Features Include:
Interviews * Scare Prank * Deleted Scenes * Extended Scenes * Pet Voice Recordings
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Amazon DVD link: http://amzn.to/1JTXemj
Amazon Blu-Ray link: http://amzn.to/1MeAMVb
Exclusive Zavvi Steelbook link: http://bit.ly/1LLyNaY
Thanks to Noble PR for the opportunity to watch and write about this film.