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Masters of Horror: Sounds Like
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For call center supervisor Larry Pearce, listening is a way of life. But in the months following his young son's tragic death, Larry's hearing intensifies until it's virtually superhuman. As Larry slowly loses his grip on reality, he must take violent action to find the ultimate paradise of absolute silence.
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I could go on about the cinematic felicities in this feature: Chris Bauer's incredible portrayal of an average family guy wracked with guilt over his sons death, and suffering from increasingly sensitive hearing that imposes a sort of aural claustrophobia. (Bauer played the degenerate psycho in '8mm', is now carrying a major role in TV's 'True Blood', and carried off a short but intense role at the end of season 2 of Murder One that more or less seals his credentials for playing sympathetic psychotics). There's Brad Anderson's taught directing, which provides just enough detail and narrative to tie up all loose ends, something he mastered so well in 'The Machinist'. His commentary provides a detailed look at how he selected this story for adaptation and insight into working with the American and Canadian production staff.
The only caveat concerns the amount of blood spilled in this film. If you come to Masters of Horror for splatter, you'll find this film very sparing in the use of knives and blood loss. This is as close to psychological horror as MOH has come but a welcome development as far as I am concerned.
Finally, if you like this film, by all means check out Anderson's feature film 'The Machinist'. It's an incredible foray into a guilt-laden head trip like this one and shows the director and lead actor (Christian Bale) in fine form. Released shortly before production began on 'Sounds Like ...', it was probably responsible for signing him up for MOH. Get both of these while you can.
A stirring and disturbing psychological horror thriller from Brad Anderson (Director of "Session 9" and "The Machinst") is a smart and startling story. It's one of the more "Twilight Zone"-ish stories on the TV Show as it gives us a character and social study about what it is to be someone else's own world of noise. The acting is quite good and has one hell of a disturbing ending.
This DVD includes two featurettes, photo gallery, script and audio commentary.
Bauer is quite good in assaying the difficult role, very convincing as he descends into violence and madness. A good entry in the uneven series.
Frankly, this one is not scary... AT ALL! IF thats what you are looking for... this is NOT it. The ending sequence is a little cool, but nothing that true horror fans will muster over.
But thats not to say that this one does not lure the audience into a decent story.
You can read the plot synopsis if you like - you will get the jist of the film and get an idea if you like it or want to invest time in it or not. Frankly, I had heard bad things about this one... but I gave it a chance... and was impressed at just how the plot weaves and how disturbed this guy gets. Its more humorous than anything in some parts.
Overall, I gave it the 3 stars simply because it tries something different than what is out there and I found it decently entertaining. So if you like what you hear, give it a chance... if not, dont worry.. it will still be here.
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not as bad as The Damned Thing or The V Word, this episode has a main character who isn't totally one dimensional, i guess it's conceptually a little...Read more