The Voices

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The Voices

‘The Voices’ is an ecstatically deranged, pitch-black comedy about a lovable murderer named Jerry (Ryan Reynolds). We also meet the cat who thinks Jerry should kill his colleagues and the sleepy mutt who disagrees (both voiced by Reynolds). It’s the kind of film that’s easier to enjoy than to fathom. Jerry works in a factory in an anonymous US town. He spends most of his free time crushing on Fiona (Gemma Arterton), the company accountant, and meeting with a psychiatrist (Jacki Weaver). Waiting for Jerry at home every night are a sociopathic Scottish tabby named Mr Whiskers and a large dog named Bosco. When Fiona’s head winds up in Jerry’s fridge, it’s clear that the talking creatures are a symptom of a bigger problem.

Directed by cartoonist-turned-filmmaker Marjane Satrapi (‘Persepolis’), ‘The Voices’ steamrolls over boundaries between genres and giddily ignores the limits of good taste. Satrapi cleverly uses the cuteness of an affected film world like a Trojan horse to make you feel sympathy for the devil. Even as Jerry graduates to being a serial killer of the grossest order, you’ll find yourself more afraid for him than anything else. The nature of his loneliness eventually becomes too obvious for such a strange antihero, but Satrapi and her cast have such a good time going nuts that ‘The Voices’ is hard to get out of your head.

By: David Ehrlich


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday March 20 2015
Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Marjane Satrapi
Screenwriter: Michael R Perry
Cast: Ryan Reynolds
Anna Kendrick
Gemma Arterton

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An incredible start! Where Hollywood movies only portray crazy people solely as evil geniuses or weird heroes, this film manages to inject some warmth and humanity to the question of mental illness. Making Jerry friendly and relatable, you start liking him and having some empathy for a guy who’s simply struggling with life. An interesting new take. Plus Reynolds is amazing at portraying a lost soul trying to figure things out.

But it falls short quite quickly. Despite Reynolds’ great efforts, the movie runs out of breath. Not as funny as you’d expect and leading to an unsurprising ending, it gets boring and actually predictable. Shame.