Synopsis: 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.
Tagline: Silence can be killer.
Date Released: 2016-4-8 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 3
I tried watching Hush once before, and just couldn’t get into it. I recently decided to give it another try, though. Especially after I realized that one of the names behind it (Mike Flanagan) was responsible for Oculus. I have the attention span of a gnat, so it’s not unusual for me to have issues concentrating on movies. Now, there’s been a few occasions (Stranger Things, notably) where after I’ve managed to pay attention, I really ended up liking it. A few.
Hush had good pacing, good acting, and an interesting twist on a done-to-death plot. I’m talking, of course, of the fact that Kate Siegel’s character is completely deaf. The scene where the harasser’s face is revealed was, while not unexpected, definitely deliciously shot. The stretches of absolute silence, the dependence on shadows, and the over-the-shoulder shots were well done. The mental shift near the end was interesting enough that I actually gave the movie all my attention for about five minutes.
Katie Siegel did a good enough job with the portrayal of someone with hearing loss that I had to look up if she actually did have some. She didn’t sell me on it one hundred percent, but close. As for the other main character, John Gallagher Jr. did a fantastic job of making me want to smack the ever-lovin’ crap out of him every time he appeared on-screen. The man radiated pure redneck menace. The mental shift near the end was interesting enough that I actually gave the movie all my attention for about five minutes.
Unfortunately, I still didn’t really get into it. I yelled at the screen a few times. (Use the fire alarm, ya idjit!) I strongly objected when I thought a certain critter was going to get sliced and diced. But beyond those few moments, it never did much for me. Hush is by no means badly done. It’s just meant for an audience who can sink into the mindset of the main character, and I could not. It’s about isolation and vulnerability and human evil. When two out of three don’t click for you, it’s just a no-go.
Overall, while I think I can understand why so many people like Hush, I can’t personally recommend it. A solid “meh” from me.
Click here to read an interview with Kate Siegel, who was also co-scripter for Hush.