Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver
Directed by: Marjane Satrapi
Running Time: 104 minutes
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Release Date: 13 July 2015
Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
The Voices is the perfect combination between horror and dark comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as the main character, Jerry, and Jacki Weaver, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick play the unfortunate ladies in his life.
The film is set in America where Jerry works as a factory worker in what seems to be an extremely happy, friendly factory environment where everyone loves each other. It’s not until later you find out that the happy times are all in Jerry’s head due to his medication. After being asked to help run the companies yearly function, Jerry meets Fiona an English lady working in accounts, and asks her out for a date. Fiona doesn’t turn up but has the misfortune to bump into Jerry later when her car breaks down. After an accident with a stag on route home Jerry inadvertently kills Fiona and the drama unfolds from there.
From meetings with his psychiatrist you begin to realise that Jerry needs medication to function in the normal world but has stopped taking it as it makes his life plateau with no bad down patches, but more importantly to Jerry, none of the ecstatic ups that he loves. Without his meds Jerry hears voices, mainly his psychopathic cat Mr Whiskas and the voice of reason, his dog Bosco. The longer he is without medication the more that Mr Whiskas becomes the priority voice in his head and Jerry is convinced by the cat that killing other women will bring ultimate happiness to his life. This leads to a black yet humorous killing spree of the rest of the ladies in the factories accounts department. I will leave the ending for you to see for yourself but it doesn’t disappoint.
I enjoyed this film immensely, yes it’s weird, but entertainingly so, and it certainly keeps you watching. Mr Whiskas and Bosco had us laughing out loud with their commentary throughout the film, Mr Whiskas especially so. With plenty of violence and swearing you can see why it has a rating of 15 yet the humour behind both keeps it from feeling like standard horror film. I would definitely give this film five out of five, if you don’t mind a bit of blood, I recommend viewing The Voices as soon as you can after the release date of the 13th July.
Available to buy from arrowfilms.com.