- Elf 2017
The Quiet Hour
Sean McConville, Daniel Higley, Stéphanie Joalland, Suzanne Ballantyne (executive), Ralph S. Bovard (executive), Thomas L. Carmody (executive), Elliot Grove (executive), Susan Head (executive), J.T. O'Neal (executive) for Frenzy Films
directed by Stéphanie Joalland
starring Dakota Blue Richards, Karl Davies, Jack McMullen, Brigitte Millar, James Browne, Liam O'Brien, Zeb Moore, Paul Flanagan
written by Stéphanie Joalland, music by Carlos José Alvarez
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The aliens have arrived, and they prove to be carnivorous with a
predilection for human flesh - and they are so advanced they don't even
have to touch the ground to go human hunting, they just have their
shuttles to spy out and teleport them up to their station for them, with
technology doing all the dirty work. Only if you're hidden under asbestos
you might be able to defy the eye in the sky and live to see another day.
(Dakota Blue Richards) and Tom's (Jack McMullen) house has been insulated
with asbestos, so they managed to survive the initial alien attack (even
if it blinded Tom) and now do their best to keep out of the shuttles'
sight - which isn't even too hard, as long as one's in the know what to do
and what not to ... but then Jude (Karl Davies) turns up and breaks into
their home. Now he's easily overcome to be sure, but apparently another
group of survivors led by Kathryn (Brigitte Millar) who have turned
cannibals have come after him for some blood vengeance, and suddenly Sarah
and Tom and in consequence also Jude have to defent their home not only
against the alien aggressors but also their fellow survivors, and that
fight's not a pretty one ...
Now one word of warning: Don't go
into The Quiet Hour to have your spirit lifted, despite the
somewhat out of place happy ending, this is a depressing movie that's
about shattered hope more than anything else - but then again, motion
pictures as an art form have always thrived to be more than just
simplistic escapism, and dystopia has always been as much an element of
science fiction as utopia ... and if that sounds altogether too brain
heavy right there, then rest assured, The Quiet Hour is a pretty
solid film actually, based on strong storytelling, well fleshed-out
characters, a fittingly down-played directorial effort, and a competent
cast to top it all off. Again, not a piece of vapid escapism - but
something that's worth watching and musing about.