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Synopsis:A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.
The Voices (2014) is a German-American black comedy crime thriller film that is 103 minutes and was shot in Studio Babelsberg, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany; Berlin, Germany and other parts of Germany. Director Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis (2007), Chicken with Plums (2011), The Gang of the Jotas (2012)) executed the movie almost to perfection. The film contains bloody violence, bad language, sexual references, dark humor, thrills, comedy, paranoid schizophrenic, psychopath as the protagonist and lots of crimes. The movie was shot beautifully with awesome camera angles. It was mind boggling to see Jerry’s personalities when he was on his medication and when he was off his medication.
Jerry ( Ryan Reynolds - Deadpool (2016), Green Lantern (2011), The Proposal (2009), Buried (2010)) lives in an apartment above a bowling alley with his dog Bosco and his cat, Mr. Whiskers. He works in a bathtub factory and appears to be happy, but the bizarre thing is that he hears voices and do things in life with the advice of his talking pets. Jerry may be loveable but he has an enormous problem, and that is that he believes whatever he is hallucinating. His dog Bosco usually tells him to do good things whereas his cat, Mr. Whiskers tells him to do terrible things including murder.
Jerry has a major crush on his British co-worker, Fiona ( Gemma Arterton - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Quantum of Solace (2008), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), Clash of the Titans (2010)) and asks her out on a date. She hesitated but accepts his proposal only to leave him stood him up so that she can go out with coworkers Lisa and Alison. The outcome for Fiona is not looking so good because she made Jerry’s other personalities surface leading to unfortunate events to happen to her. Fiona had car problems after which resulted in her to ask Jerry for help. The movie took one turn to the next and kept me reeled in as the events amazed me.
Jerry’s character was likable, and I felt all sort of emotions for him as he was having his hallucinations or delusional moments. The movie was well balanced with humor, violence and chaos. All of the departments did an excellent job bringing this film together. Animal lovers should keep in mind that there is an animal who had his throat slit in this movie that was slightly disturbing to me. Jerry’s performance was the best in the film as all of his different personalities were believable.
About The Voices 2014
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Writers: Michael R. Perry
Director: Marjane Satrapi