The Quiet Ones Movie Review
Finnick may have survived The Hunger Games, but will he survive a generic supernatural creature in The Quiet Ones, the new horror movie now out on DVD? Hint: it doesn’t really matter.
As unoriginal as The Quiet Ones ultimately ends up being, I give director John Pogue and his co-writers Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman (based on a screenplay by Tom De Ville) credit for at least applying lipstick to the pig. In the movie, a hot, dark-haired girl who looks a lot like Wednesday Addams is possessed and a group of students, led by an eccentric professor (Jared Harris), attempt to exorcise her… using science instead of religion.
You see, they don’t think she’s actually possessed but simply capable of using kinetic energy to do things with her mind, whether she intends to or not. Never mind the fact that this is a horror movie and she most likely is possessed, and possessed by something that won’t react pleasantly to people trying to fix things.
It’s an interesting angle, one that may have worked on paper but that, in execution, fails to elicit much of anything in the way of excitement, terror or intrigue. In other words, I blame Mr. Pogue for not doing more with the material.
Sam Claflin was quite good in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire but is remarkably bland in the lead role in The Quiet Ones. He stutters and stammers his way around in a way that makes him so meek you won’t really care what happens to him. Meanwhile, Jared Harris is woefully underutilized, while the other cast members are subjected to boring stereotypes. Olivia Cooke is okay as the possessed subject, but she doesn’t do a whole lot other than mope around looking like Wednesday Addams.
The Quiet Ones may appease people who love all things related to possessed individuals and exorcisms, but despite some new lipstick, the movie offers nothing new to the subgenre. More importantly, it isn’t scary or thrilling… and what’s the point of a horror movie that isn’t scary or thrilling?
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.