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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Somewhere Quiet (2024) - The Sound of Letdown

Updated: May 9

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1/5 stars)

Released 02-02-2024

Watched 02-10-2024

Reviewed 02-12-2024

Purchased on iTunes

"Somewhere Quiet" promised an intriguing premise of psychological unraveling against the backdrop of a serene, yet eerie Cape Cod winter. Unfortunately, the film falls dramatically short of delivering a coherent or compelling narrative. The plot, which initially presents a potentially gripping tale of a woman, Meg, grappling with the aftermath of a harrowing ordeal, quickly loses its way amidst a muddled storyline and underdeveloped character arcs.

The setting, while beautifully captured, becomes just a distant backdrop to a series of disjointed scenes that fail to weave together a cohesive story. The introduction of Scott's cousin, Madelin, aims to add a layer of complexity and tension but instead feels like an intrusive subplot that derails the main narrative. The dynamic between Meg, Scott, and Madelin could have been a rich ground for exploring themes of trust, betrayal, and psychological manipulation. Yet, the film barely scratches the surface, leaving the audience disconnected and indifferent to the characters' fates.

The performances, while earnest, are hamstrung by a script that lacks depth and clarity. The actors seem to be grappling with their characters' motivations as much as the audience is, resulting in performances that, while not entirely lackluster, fail to leave a lasting impact. The potential for a compelling exploration of Meg's trauma and recovery is lost in a sea of ambiguous storytelling and missed narrative opportunities.

The film's attempt to blend psychological thriller elements with a hint of supernatural eeriness never fully materializes, leaving viewers bewildered rather than intrigued. The sporadic inclusion of nightmares and visions comes across as contrived attempts to inject suspense, but they ultimately feel disjointed from the main storyline.

The climax of the film, intended to be a revelatory moment, is both predictable and unsatisfying. The revelations about Scott and Madelin's past, along with the truth behind Meg's abduction, are all missing, making the conclusion feel rushed and underwhelming.

In summary, "Somewhere Quiet" is a film that had the potential to delve into the complexities of trauma, relationships, and the human psyche but ends up lost in its own narrative ambiguity. The scenic setting of Cape Cod in winter is perhaps the only consistent element in a film that otherwise meanders through its plot without purpose or direction. It's a disappointing venture into what could have been a thought-provoking psychological thriller. Viewer discretion is advised, not for the faint of heart but for those with a tolerance for narrative disarray and unfulfilled potential.

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