Review: Sound Of My Voice

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into Sound of My Voice.  I had remained fairly unspoiled towards the movie, I’m not even sure I saw a trailer for it or not, though I knew the story focused on a cult.  I had seen Brit Marling’s previous film, Another Earth, which she also co-wrote and starred in, and was a big fan of that film.  I found it to be a really interesting character drama with just a tinge of science fiction and Marling to be a really engaging actress.  Word of mouth seemed to say that Sound of My Voice was better than Another Earth so, needless to say, I was looking forward to it immensely.

After having seen it, I feel like everyone should go into it as blindly as possible.  The film posits a question that I think should be answered by each audience member on their own as it will determine what you take away from the movie.  It’s not a film that will give you the answer to the central mystery in the story.  I believe the purpose of the film is for you to decide for yourself what really is going on.  In doing so, I think Sound of My Voice is brilliantly executed and does a fantastic job in creating real audience involvement.  You are the decider of what the film is and I don’t think anybody is right or wrong in what they choose, but I do think it makes you think about your decision a lot.

Sound of My Voice gets under your skin and shakes you up.  You find yourself being manipulated by the leader of the cult Maggie, played by Brit Marling.  She’s beautifully disarming, incredibly smart and knows just how to affect someone emotionally.  There are some scenes in the film that are so engrossing they will have you glued to the proceedings despite it being nothing more than a conversation.   You become torn between believing and not believing in what Maggie is saying.  The film really is a great statement on the power of belief (and persuasion) and how it can potentially be used against people to create blind followers willing to do things out of devotion.

There is a lot of material that I feel I could sift through with the movie but I’m opting not to, in hopes that you’ll go see the film.  I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone or influence the outcome of the movie for you.  I will say this though, Sound of My Voice is completely engaging, well acted, superbly written and would be an excellent film to go see with friends who want to have a discussion about the story afterwards.  I have a feeling the movie will be sitting in my thoughts for a couple days and has definitely made me excited to see any future work from Brit Marling.  If Sound of My Voice is playing near you, I absolutely recommend you go see it.

by Ben McBride


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8 Comments on “Review: Sound Of My Voice”

  1. Nancy m May 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    WIsh I’d seen it with you. Will need to see and let you know my take-away.

  2. Ben McBride May 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Yea, this will be sitting next to Another Earth on my blu-ray shelf.

  3. Horrorella (@Horrorellablog) May 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    This needs to hit dvd so I can see it again 🙂

  4. rwhyan May 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I’ve always heard great things about this film and I know it did really well at festivals. Great review, I’ll check it out asap!

  5. Ben McBride May 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    It’s currently in theaters though in a limited capacity right now. Only one of the theaters in town here is playing it. Keep an eye out for it.

  6. Richard W Scott May 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Never heard of it. I’ll have to check it out.


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