The Silence Movie Review
A young girl is found murdered in the exact same spot as another 23 years earlier, reigniting a cold case as well the dark secrets possessed by one man who knows the truth in The Silence, an intriguing German thriller.
Beautifully filmed by writer/director Baran bo Odar, The Silence takes an interesting approach, opting to focus less on the investigation than on the lives of those involved - including the killer and his friend. The Silence doesn't end in the way you expect or perhaps even want it to, but it's a compelling character study nonetheless.
The Silence is no Zodiac - it lacks tension at times and the story isn't nearly as complex - but it was never intended to be. Instead, the movie relies on the performances by its stars and its examination of the killers. Ulrich Thomsen delivers a great performance as the main killer, a man who is at once indifferent to his crimes and yet far from emotionally empty.
Though the film isn't quite a police procedural and not really intended to be suspenseful, bo Odar manages to evoke some hair raising moments. One particular scene in which a police detective unknowingly confronts Thomsen's character pushed me to the edge of my seat. Still, The Silence isn't for everyone. Some will be disappointed with the ending - which is fantastic in many ways - and others for its almost compassionate look at pedophiles.
Love it or not, The Silence has to be respected for its beautiful visuals, quality acting and daring focus on a pair of sexual predators. Recommended.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.