Saturday, May 5, 2012
Sound of My Voice
I love art house science fiction. Generally it's better than blockbuster sci-fi because what they lack in budget they have to make up for in creativity. And over the past year, Brit Marling seems to have cornered the market on the genre. Both last year's 'Another Earth' and this film rely on dialogue, rather than CGI or special effects or even makeup or costumes, to cultivate the aura of sci-fi. It's really exhilarating when it works. And I'm happy to report that I found this one to be much more satisfying than her last.
Not since 'Meeks Cutoff' have I enjoyed being thrown right into a storyline and feeling pleasantly lost. Films like these two seem groundbreaking in that they smartly decide to completely skip the first act. It turns out we're smart enough to figure out what's going on without being hand held and shown and told everything in painful detail for 30 minutes. Jumping right into the heart of the story helps pacing and allows for a short running time so we don't get bored. I love it.
So what's this movie actually about? I won't say because I think it should be experienced exactly as I experienced it: knowing nothing at all. But since I should say something, I'll call it 'Another Earth' meets 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' meets 'Primer'. It's not as good as the latter two, but if you like those films than you'll like this one. And I not only look forward to the future work of Marling, but I hope she sticks with this genre in the same way Hitchcock and Shyamalan are known for theirs.