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Noise (2007)

Nicholas Bell , Luke Elliot , Matthew Saville  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicholas Bell, Luke Elliot, Brendan Cowell, Maude Davey, Henry Nixon
  • Directors: Matthew Saville
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015RRNGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,837 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's clear from the first few minutes of Matthew Saville's Noise that this highly compelling first feature has no intention of being your average, run-of-the-mill thriller...[Noise] kicks off with a wallop, then constantly confounds expectations by approaching its subject matter from fresh directions. --Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter

Noise is a slickly executed experiment full of sound and fury. --Russell Edwards, Variety

Noise turns the police thriller genre inside out by exploring the ripple effects of a heinous crime rather than the splash. Set in a close-nit, suburban community in Australia, a hearing-impaired constable is assigned to a police caravan near the scene of two recent, horrific acts. Writer/director Matthew Saville uses the young constable to both sharpen and mystify the POV as the cop mixes with the guilty and suspicious citizens to uncover a deeper horror. --IndieWire

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Two heinous crimes have left a suburban town reeling. Police quickly connect them but are desperate for witnesses as the local community enfolds itself in a shroud of secrecy, borne from fear and an untrammeled mistrust of authority. A young police constable, Graham McGahan, suffers from a chronic hearing problem and applies for workers compensation. To his chagrin, he is stationed at a police caravan near the crime scene. Living on the periphery of the investigation, McGahan crosses paths with the various people affected by the tragedies and uncovers an unraveling nightmare of guilt and suspicion.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a treat from down under June 9, 2008
Format:DVD
Well acted and original Australian thriller that takes a well needed break from the usual serial killer film and instead explores its characters in a creative way. Brendan Cowell gives a strong performance as a policeman wrestling with tinnitus (or a possible brain tumor) while an investigation of a recent mass killing occurs. Director Matthew Saville does a fine job focusing on the characters in the film and how they relate to each other not only as witnesses to a horrific crime but as ordinary, frightened human beings. The pacing is appropriately slow to allow character development and I like how the script and camera observe the situations subtly. There's a good deal of foreshadowing in the film and the ending is ambigious with a shade of religious symbolism.
Because Cowell's character suffers from tinnitus, Saville uses sound in a variety of creative ways to great effect. An original film in all aspects!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Music & Shotgun Blasts August 30, 2008
Format:DVD
"Noise," not to be confused with the many other films of the same title, is an Australian film by director/screenwriter Matthew Saville. The pacing begins slowly like an art film with attention to detail. We tune into Maia Thomas who plays a witness that obliviously walks onto a subway car with headphones on and belatedly notices that she is sitting in the midst of a massacre where everyone but the killer is dead in the car. She freaks out, at first seeming to befriend the killer and then is spared by him for some unknown reason. We never really get what set the killer off, but come to understand later that he's extremely short tempered. Brendan Cowell plays Graham McGahan, a police constable who has a medical condition tinnitus that causes ringing in the ears, apparent hearing loss at various times and a blackout on an escalator. Put on desk duty, his life seems to be precariously unraveling. His relationship with his detective girlfriend Caitlin Robinson played by Katie Wall seems at times affection and at times stormy. Fiona MacLeod plays Detective Melanie Ryan who investigates the subway incident and interfaces with the witness and McGahan. Stationed in a small police trailer, locals like Dean Stouritis played by Luke Elliott and "Lucky" Phil Heydon played by Simon Laherty drop by and each contribute to the storyline. The imagery and the violent conclusion amid Christmas music blaring on the television, shotgun blasts and helicopters circling makes for a powerful ending that will please fans who both like action and arthouse filmfare. I was moved by it. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, delicate, profound. June 26, 2009
Format:DVD
Noise (Matthew Saville, 2007)

Every once in a while, a really good movie comes along that for some reason people just don't get. In the case of Matthew Saville's Noise, the problem seems to have been excessive subtlety, though I didn't have any problems following is plot. This is a movie that does require you to pay attention, though, so be warned; this is not something to rent for casual viewing.

Graham McGahan (Three Blind Mice's Brendan Cowell) is a young police officer who has been suffering from tinnitus for the past eighteen months. As it's getting to the point where he can't hear at all, his CO relegates him to a police van in a shopping center. This happens just after an incident on a train where a number of lives were lost, however, and the community actually needs someone to talk to. McGahan slowly starts to make some friends in the community, but the killer from the train has never been found, and tensions are high. Things are getting ready to fracture along the usual lines, and McGahan finds himself caught in the middle.

This is a movie that takes its time getting to where it's going, allowing the bonds between the characters to build at their own pace, allowing the characters to develop into real, three-dimensional people. Then, of course, there's the mystery aspect of the film, though to be fair for most of the film's length, the mystery of it is so slight that it might as well be a straight drama or even a chick flick instead of the billed thriller. I've little doubt this also put people off, and when it comes right down to it, the entire mystery is underwhelming, even when we actually get to the climax. (A number of people, in discussing and reviewing the film, seem to have missed a crucial piece of evidence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars gripping Australian crime drama and character study January 3, 2013
Format:DVD
Let me state upfront that I am a big fan of the Film Movement library of indie and foreign films, so much so that I finally gave in last year and subscribed to their DVD of the Month series. Meanwhile I am still catching up on Film Movement releases from years past.

"Noise" (2007 release from Australia; 108 min.) is a gripping crime drama. At the beginning of the movie we watch a your woman enter the subway in Melbourne and unbeknown to her she has entered the subway car where 7 people just have been murdered. A little later, another body of a murdered woman is found in the suburbs of Melbourne. Meanwhile we get to know Constable McGahan, a cop on the street beat who gets posted on a trailer/caravan in suburban Melbourne. McGahan suffers from severe hearing problems, possibly caused by stress. Are the two crimes connected? Will the killer be found? What role is McGahan playing in all of this? To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is a suprisingly tense crime drama and character study at the same time, I was gripped from the very start and the tension doesn't let up much. There are a number of side characters I didn't mention in my introduction, but they add to the full picture of what is going on. Beware: this being an Australian-English spoken movie, I had trouble at times understanding the dialogue (somewhat surprisingly, there is no option for subtitles). The DVD comes with a number of extras, including a nice "behind the scenes" making-of documentary. In all, this is yet another worthy edition of the Film Movement libirary. If you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie, I would readily recommend "Noise".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Existentialism.....from Down Under....
This is a film that will literally take you by surprise! "Noise" from 2007, was directed by Matthew Saville. Read more
Published on July 5, 2012 by CARLOS ROMERO
4.0 out of 5 stars Good---and Slow
This film is worth a look, whether you're interested in film or crime film in particular. Extremely well done, excellent acting, good direction. Read more
Published on April 20, 2011 by Chris Gibbs
2.0 out of 5 stars High Pitch was irritating. Enjoyed the first 10 Minutes...
Ok, when the film started I was really liking it. It then SLOWLY drags on downhill. About 85% of this film takes place in a Police Caravan watching the lead actor sitting and... Read more
Published on June 20, 2010 by Touch of Class
5.0 out of 5 stars Tumor, Timeliness, or the Sound of Something More?
A dark cloud descends over Australia as our movie plays out. First we have someone on a subway open fire on a multitude of unsuspecting people, with only one person surviving the... Read more
Published on July 28, 2009 by TorridlyBoredShopper
2.0 out of 5 stars irritating noise
This movie moves along at the pace of its characters in mid-summer Australian heat. In fact, the pace of the characters exemplifies the overall effect of this film: very slow in... Read more
Published on April 29, 2009 by astrorev
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Movie
It is refreshing to see a movie where the hero does not conform to typical stereotypes. This movie is engrossing and well-written. Highly recomended.
Published on November 1, 2008 by binkinsect
2.0 out of 5 stars a lot of noise, but not much music
Slow going, this movie hardly managed to keep my attention. It plays a lot like a made-for-TV film. And yet, the movie contains a great monologue by its main character about what... Read more
Published on May 24, 2008 by AIROLF
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