The Voices (2014) Movie Review

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The Voices (2014)

2014 | R | Horror, Thriller, Comedy, Crime
103 minutes / 1h 43min

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The Voices Plot Synopsis:

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.

The Voices (2014) Review

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.

  • The Voices Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.70
  • IMDB: 6.4
  • MetaCritic: 5.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.4

About The Voices 2014

Title: The Voices
Year: 2014
Runtime: 103 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.35/5 stars from 46,376 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 46,376
MPAA Rating: R
The Voices Cast Starring: Anna Kendrick, Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Jacki Weaver, Kai Fung Rieck, Stephanie Vogt, Antje Rau, Paul Brightwell, Michael Pink, Adi Shankar, Sam Spruell, Alessa Kordeck, Ricardia Bramley, Alex Tondowski, Stanley Townsend, Harvey Friedman, Aaron Kissiov, Spike, Gulliver McGrath, Cairo, Hamish, Helena Prince, Ella Smith, Paul Chahidi, Valerie Koch
The Voices Writers: NA
The Voices Director: Marjane Satrapi
Production: Lionsgate Films
Language: English
Country: USA, Germany