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The Night Listener
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(Jan 01, 2011)
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This was an interesting movie. Almost like a heart warming film at first, only to become a much darker film. I wish the film went at a faster pace. But I am a fan of Maupin (the writer) from his Tales of the City. (This is not a gay film.) While not Oscar level, I liked it for a rainy afternoon.
As the film unfolds there began a cold tingle at the back of my neck which instinctively told me there was something terribly sinister hovering just under the surface. In fact, the word sinister adequately describes the entire film.
The plot itself is bizarre enough: publisher receives manuscript, a well-written manuscript from a 14 year old boy, and asks Noone (Williams) if he will take a look at it. At first reluctant, he reads the manuscript and becomes obsessed about the young author. Evidently the boy had been a victim of pornographic abuse, paedophilia and now is dying. A relationship ensues between Noone and the boy by way of the telephone. Something is wrong, however, because Noone becomes obsessed about meeting the child but whenever the opportunity arises, it always falls through.
Something else hints through as the story unfolds: oddly the little boy's voice and his carer's are somewhat similar in tone and intonation - the begging question presents itself, Are the "carer" and the dying little boy the same person?
Gabriel Noone's obsession moves into hyper drive, thus he travels across country to prove this little boy's existence.
The film picks up pace from here, of course, though it is surely Toni Collette's sinister, and very creepy performance that for me, stole the show.
Please do not let the negative reviews put you off seeing this film...if you like creepy thrillers, see it.
However, somewhere along the line the movie missed the boat, and my above-mentioned reasons for wanting to love it were outweighed by the lack of fulfillment I had upon finishing the film. If I were a movie expert perhaps I would be better able to explain what exactly was missing from this film, but as a lay person I just felt like it didn't live up to its potential, despite the interesting plot and wonderful acting. The ending (I won't give anything away), while interesting, was completely predictable and didn't really make up for the fact that the viewer was "in the dark" for the first half of the film.
I wouldn't recommend buying this movie (or even renting it), unless you are solely interested in Toni Colette's performance which was great.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is eerie and thought-provoking. I was surprised to like it as much as I did.Published 27 days ago by Derek Riddle
Excellent cast, interesting commentary since this was based on a real life incident. Robin Williams, Toni Collette & Bobby Cannavale are terrific!Published 5 months ago by M. Phipps
very slow and not interesting. Movie also kept re-starting (pause and start again)Published 6 months ago by Brownie
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