Review: The Sound of Silence

Title: The Sound of Silence
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Director: Michael Tyburski
Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori
Runtime: 1 hr 25 mins

What It Is: Peter Lucien (Sarsgaard) is a “house tuner”. What that means is the fine people of New York City pay him to tune the sounds, or lack thereof, their home in order to allow for a better living experience. When he is hired by Ellen (Jones) he has found a challenge worthy of his admirable skill level. At the same time, a colleague named Samuel (Revolori) seeks to make his name off of the works Peter has been putting in.

What We Think: This movie is really really too dry for me. It’s a slow-moving piece that isn’t really well-paced. Sure Peter Sarsgaard is his typical self..just out here acting his ass off. But the script is so boring. Sure it’s all really well done but is it interesting? No, not really. Alongside a completely strange premise all of the supporting characters outside of Sarsgaards’ Lucien just sort of become set dressing. I really like how the film is shot…it looks pretty gorgeous. There’s a neo-futuristic feel to the greys that permeate all over this thing.

Our Grade: C+, Do I recommend this? Yeah not really. This is another film, of many, that we missed at Sundance and honestly, I’m glad I did. I almost fell asleep enough times during the festival…this simply would’ve added to the total number. Sarsgaard in total makes a ton of movies no one sees. Stuff like Black Mass or ExperimenterHe continues his reputation as a reliable character actor. I mean if you need a film to cure your insomnia this would probably for sure do it. It’s easy enough to get a hold of at this point as it is currently on VOD.

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