Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil ★★½

Moral of the story -- saying no matters. So it will be a no from me.

Speak No Evil is a European cautionary tale that's sarcastic for no reason, and cruel with no significance. It could've taken itself way less seriously by simply examining its protagonists' uncomfortable yet fascinating chemistry, a la Ruben Östlund style. Instead, it resorts to the genre tropes that are arguably more audience-friendly, but also way more gratuitous in storytelling. The ensemble was great enough to sustain its 90-minute runtime, but everything else simply falls apart.

Other than proving that horror movies still rely on stupid characters and contrived plot devices to work nowadays, Speak No Evil provides no revelation whatsoever.

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