The Voices

The Voices

Marjane Satrapi (2014)

99min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Ryan Reynolds is endearing and utterly terrifying all at once in this blackly comic portrait of a serial killer. Iranian director Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), skilfully veers between comedy and tragedy, portraying the world through the gently rose-tinted spectacles of Jerry, her psychotic antihero. He seems happy enough in his small-town existence until an unfortunate series of events leads him to decapitate the girl he fancies. Gemma Arterton sparkles in that role, even when reduced to a talking head in Jerry's fridge, and Anna Kendrick is on form, too, as the girl who takes a shine to him. The plot is a little too tailored to draw sympathy for Jerry, but the overall approach is daring and Reynolds offers a wonderfully funny, vivid and harrowing portrayal of insanity. He talks to his pets and they talk back - Reynolds does some brilliant voice work, especially for his Scottish tabby cat - and when he's finally forced to confront reality, it comes as a hard and palpable blow. The unusual mix of laughs, lunacy and a touch of melancholy ensures The Voices will stick in your head.

Summary

An office worker with a troubled past is devastated when the girl of his dreams stands him up after they arranged a date. He takes advice from his pets - who he believes can speak to him - on the best course of revenge. Comedy crime thriller, starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arteton and Anna Kendrick.

Cast & Crew

Jerry Hickfang / Mr Whiskers / Bosco / Deer / Bunny Monkey Ryan Reynolds
Fiona Gemma Arterton
Lisa Anna Kendrick
Dr Warren Jacki Weaver
Alison Ella Smith
Dennis Kowalski Paul Chahidi
Sheriff Weinbacher Stanley Townsend
John Adi Shankar
Dave Sam Spruell
Jerry's mother Valerie Koch
Director Marjane Satrapi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ArrowGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Mar 2015
Comedy Drama