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      Noise

      2007 1 hr. 46 min. Mystery & Thriller Crime Drama List
      83% 6 Reviews Tomatometer 71% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Graham McGahan (Brendan Cowell) is a Melbourne police officer beset with a painful ringing sound in his ears. The pain becomes so intense that it causes him to pass out at a train station one night -- the same night an unknown killer slays six commuters. McGahan is reassigned to a small town that is recovering from its own tragedy. Meanwhile, Lavina (Maia Thomas), the sole survivor of the train massacre, becomes worried that the mass murderer might try to silence her. Read More Read Less

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      Lewis M I like independent movies. I like to see the work of many talented people resulting in a work of art. This piece is one of those. The acting, sound, post, cinematography, story, the entire piece was really good, it is totally worth watching. However, this piece of art tried too hard to suck the audience into its psyche by elongating the scenes to the point of exhaustion. I wonder how many "beats" were in the script. I actually got so bored with the pace of the movie that I decided to get out the ironing board to do something productive with my time while the movie slowly unfolded. So ladies and gents, make sure you bring something to keep you entertained during the unnecessarily long scenes. Chop 15 minutes off the top and you got yourselves a real winner. Still a good little indie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review Audience Member The material is a little dopey at times, but Saville's beautiful direction manages to sell it. He has absolute control over his camera and his pacing, and maintains a constant sense of tension and compulsion to see what happens next, even in moments that made my eyes want to roll (the Australianisms are very forced, and it gets pretty melodramatic at times). So yes, it has its flaws, but man, compared to the usual Australian drama standard, this is top-tier filmmaking. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member great movie in every way excellent direction Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I don't know why this didn't get better reviews. Brendan Cowell did an awesome job. I'm looking forward to seeing him in other films. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member The simply titled Australian import "Noise" is a most unusual film, a multi-layered exploration of fear, isolation and grief that won many accolades in its country of origin. It's a quiet, moody film that is in complete contrast to its title, with many different plot lines that sometimes converge but many times do not. There are several terrific moments here, but the central problem of the film is that those moments never really congeal together to make for a cohesive movie. This is more of a collection of dramatic scenes rather than a meaningful drama, although clearly many people disagree with that. The opening scene is jarring but the rest of the film is maddeningly subdued and introspective. Director Matthew Saville has a lot he wants to say, but the film left me empty and unsatisfied and by the end I was just left wondering what the point was. Several plot threads are never quite resolved and the film's tone is completely ambiguous. There are some good performances, especially from Brendan Cowell in the lead. He's asked to carry the movie for the most part, and he does an admirable job. Also good is newcomer Maia Thomas who is just terrific in a sympathetic role. Both their characters made an impact on me, but unfortunately, the film on the whole did not. In fact, much of "Noise" left me cold, an ambitious picture that has a lot going on even though not much seems to happen. Subtlety has its place, but in this case, I wish the film had said what it wanted to say more clearly. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Good movie - Brendan Cowell is a great actor. The finale left me with a sense of disappointment, I expected something a little more original and clever. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Paul Byrnes Sydney Morning Herald Noise is an impressive debut, a serious, fresh, surprising film by a writer-director with plenty on his mind. Jul 15, 2020 Full Review Louise Keller Urban Cinefile Much emphasis has been placed on the sound design, ably created by Emma Bortignon, but after a while, the constant sounds irritate and detract from the story. Jul 15, 2020 Full Review Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile Noise is an interesting work, notable for its lack of hysterics in dealing with appalling crimes and yet insightful of them. Jul 15, 2020 Full Review Leigh Paatsch Herald Sun (Australia) Tough going at times, but the atmosphere is totally immersive, and the performances are tremendously focused. Rated: 4/5 Jul 15, 2020 Full Review James Wegg JWR Do You Hear What I Hear? Rated: 4.5/5 Jul 23, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews There's always something interesting taking place. Rated: B Jul 14, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Graham McGahan (Brendan Cowell) is a Melbourne police officer beset with a painful ringing sound in his ears. The pain becomes so intense that it causes him to pass out at a train station one night -- the same night an unknown killer slays six commuters. McGahan is reassigned to a small town that is recovering from its own tragedy. Meanwhile, Lavina (Maia Thomas), the sole survivor of the train massacre, becomes worried that the mass murderer might try to silence her.
      Director
      Matthew Saville
      Screenwriter
      Matthew Saville
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Oct 26, 2010
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital