Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil ★★★

I love a lot about the way this is aesthetically constructed, and the slow burn sense of dread that permeates it is up my alley. The film also does a good job playing the two couples off of each other, shifting between and past the societal boundaries and pleasantries we begin with - it could lean further into the dark humor, but for what it is, it's done well. However, and this is a big however, I think it's way too big of a leap to draw a line directly from "we are all too polite and do things we don't want to sometimes" to "we will not have a single rational thought the entire movie and let anyone walk over us even when it involves our children oh and by the way this is all our fault." The film pretty much turns into the latter, becoming so obsessed with taking its theme to the absolute extreme that setting up any character motivations completely falls by the wayside. I get what it's going for in terms of its leads' passivity, which I think is interesting to explore within certain moments where that would be very reasonable (even just due to shock, for instance). Drawing it out to an entire feature runtime, though, strains the film's internal logic beyond its breaking point and has you craving some sort of surprise, some sort of interesting turn, anything on this linear ride to doom. What you're left with is a film that might be even more passive than its own characters.


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