Till Human Voices Wake Us

There are thirteen people credited with some sort of "producer" credit on Till Human Voices Wake Us, a film written and directed by Michael Petroni (Trespasses, writer of The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys). It's a lot of people (an unlucky number of people) that doesn't seem to support the substance of the final product. Voices is a simple story about a person confronting his past, wrapped up in a fancy plot twist. If the fact that in the past couple years many more movies are employing the same type of twist, then Voices would feel a bit more original. It's not that great of a sign when partway through the film everybody knows exactly what is happening to Sam Franks (Guy Pearce, The Time Machine, The Count of Monte Cristo).

Sam is a psychiatrist, returning to his hometown to bury his father. On the train, he meets a fetching woman who calls herself Ruby (Helena Bonham Carter, Novocaine, Planet of the Apes). He later rescues Ruby from a river after she jumped off a bridge. He nurses her back to health at his father's house, where she has amnesia. As he helps her try to recover her memory, many things bring to mind an incident that happened when he was a boy. Petroni intersperses the story with this flashback, where a younger Sam (Lindley Joyner) has a tender relationship with Silvy (Brooke Harman, Finding Hope).

As Ruby begins to remember things, Petroni reveals what happened between Sam and Silvy, although it is fairly obvious long before it happens. The problem isn't with the performances, it's just that there is not enough plot for the movie to remain interesting. If Petroni cut maybe half an hour, it would be a little more taut, and perhaps keep ahead of the viewer. Sam's character is by admission somebody who holds his feelings in, so for most of the film, Pearce is stoic and unreachable. Carter isn't given much to work on either, so the bulk of the movie turns into a waiting game to see what Sam will do when he figures out what is going on.

Mongoose Rates It: Not That Good.
1 hour, 41 minutes, Rated R for a scene of sexuality.

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