The Silencing

6.21 h 34 min2020X-RayR
A reformed hunter (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and a sheriff (Annabelle Wallis) are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse when they set out to track a killer who may have kidnapped the hunter's daughter five years ago.
Robin Pront
Nikolaj Coster-WaldauAnnabelle WallisHero Fiennes Tiffin
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Zahn McClarnonMelanie Scrofano
Cybill Lui Eppich
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MarkReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Too many silly and unrealistic scenes to be enjoyable. It would be nice if once and again these movie makers would inject a small amout of realism into their work. The sheriff shoots Rayburn to protect her brother and nobody does a thing about it. Despite being shot in the gut, Rayburn is up and running about the next day. His forest camera is miraculously pointed at the exact spot to capture all the action despite his sanctuary being 50 acres. The paint can scene was too stupid for words.
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MollyReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ignore the reviews~ I liked it~ better than expected~4 stars~
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Plot: Rayburn Swanson an alcoholic is still hoping for news on his missing daughter after 5 years. A series of missing girls turn up he is drug into the mystery.

Rayburn Swanson is an alcoholic who spends his days drinking and patroling his Gwen Swanson Sanctuary named after his "missing daughter." He goes to see Sheriff Alice Gustafson when a body is found floating down a local river. Not his daughter but Swanson finds that the girl has a mysterious wound on her throat. Swanson also has a state of the art camera system where he can watch from the cabin different areas of his sanctuary. and he sees some bizarre activity. A figure dressed in a shaggy tree camouflage outfit is chasing a young girl. Swanson is attacked by the disguised bushy person but ends up finding the girl. Back at his cabin both he and the girl are attacked by the same figure. The first plot twist happens here. The sheriff has some secrets of her own. The hunt is now turned toward the sheriff's odd brother who hides out on the neighboring Indian Reservation. Swanson is wounded and ends up seeking off the grid medical treatment from the doctor who works at the reservation. So it should end here but there is a second great plot twist that sets Swanson toward the real killer and the "whys" fall into place.
This is better than I ever expected. The foggy chases through the sanctuary where the killer hunts his prey are excellent. The use of the video cameras to watch the sanctuary and even the nearly invisible killer who can blend in adds to the suspense. I liked it. I give it 4 STARS~ NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU as Swanson was excellent. The flawed hero. ANNABELLE WALLIS as Gustafson was good but her focus on her psycho brother detracted from the story. Good plot and acting and excellent casting. Added bonus we see Reservation Police and Local Law function in the search for a murderer.
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JamesReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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It's hard to imagine that someone paid for this screenplay. Maybe it was written by the producer's teenage son?

Story: Drunk guy with nice dog and big problems gives up drinking to solve big problems. Drunk guy has ex-wife. They broke up because their kid disappeared. Contains obligatory scene at dumpy strip club. Plus, there are two scary basement scenes. Wow. Who would have thought to put a drunk guy, a dog, a strip club, and a scary basement all in the same movie?

After the final episodes of Game of Thrones, you thought Coster-Waldau coudn't sink any lower. You were wrong.
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Crystal W.Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly Suspenseful
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A Story about a man that loses his daughter to a serial killer.
I was pleasantly surprised that this movie, not only kept my attention but was suspenseful.
I was afraid this would be a low budget attempt, but it is very well done. The story was decently written, although more background about Rayburn Swanson would have been nice. The Canadian backdrop is stunningly beautiful and nearly every role was well portrayed (except Annabelle Wallis, she is so DRY, I feel like she is emotionless in every role she plays.) Zahn McClarnon was a great cast, as was Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Both give credibility to their roles, not just some pretty faces. Is it an Oscar contender, no, but is it a good watch, absolutely. I would recommend it. A welcome distraction during pandemic.
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H03Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not even close to good
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So many ridiculous aspects to this movie it was frustrating to watch. Completely unbelievable. If I hadn’t paid for it I would have turned it off 30 minutes in. It didn’t get better. Chase scenes into the woods without calling cops, sheriff going into basements by herself, truck that wouldn’t start over and over. Can’t believe it has 4 stars. Pandemic ratings must be skewed. Definitely don’t waste your money. Wait until it’s free and then you won’t hesitate to turn it off.
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DonaldReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
0 star movie!
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The story doesn’t make sense. The sheriff (Alice) is not punished for shooting Rayburn? Photography is very poor. Don’t waste your money!
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good pacing, great as a thriller
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Overall this movie isn't a prize, but it does very well what it sets out to do. It is a dark, tense movie where you feel the real life stakes the characters have and you are always worried about the harm that could befall anyone. That sense of real consequence for everyone in the movie makes the actions very enjoyable and feel grounded in reality, a mark that a lot of thrillers miss. It is also well acted by the main cast. 4 stars out of 5 instead of 5 out of 5 since there are some serious plot holes and missed opportunities, as these types of movies often have, so no serious discredit to this one.

NCW plays his character very consistently throughout and helps drive the pacing of the movie forward even better with yet another believable acting job where you forget you're watching a movie (when he is on screen). Reminiscent of his role in Headhunters

Definitely worth a rental
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Kathryn SparksReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
So many plot holes and illogical action I lost count
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau can be a great actor - wonderful in GOT, but here he falters. His starring in the film was the main reason I rented it. He needs clear, strong direction which didn't happen in this movie. As for the script, without giving any of the plot away, there are crimes committed but crime scenes completely unsecured, procedures ignored, logic trampled just to get to a new plot development. A thriller needs a rock-solid story and this is sadly, a mess. Don't rent it.
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