“Sound of My Voice“, a new Indie DVD release this week, concerns a weird cult and it’s charismatic leader (Brit Marling, “Another Earth”) that will certainly evoke hushed gasps from transfixed viewers.
Hushed gasps from a hypnotic thriller where a couple, would-be Documentarian Peter Aitken (Christopher Denham) and his girlfriend Lorna (Nicole Vicius), undergo an elaborate preparation process (like cleansings and secret handshakes) in order to infiltrate and expose a fringe group of outsiders.
Except one thing changes after their meeting with this sect and their mysterious mentor, Maggie. That being they are both not so sure to tell anyone about this because of the story relayed to them.
Maggie is actually from the future (2054 to be exact) and is preparing a group of recruits to aid her in the oncoming Apocalypse. To top it off, she even has plausible theories as to why she might be telling the truth.
Marling is exceptional in this role– part Shaman, part charlitain. Walking a tightrope along the way as to whether you should believe her act or not. It carries the film swiftly until the very end with a twisty denouement that adds even more questions to the ambiguous final answer.
First-time Director Zal Batmanglij combines Drama, Sci-Fi and suspense into a well-crafted package. Help from spot-on performances, snaky turns and an appropriate visual style that is sure to keep everyone captivated and enthralled.
Part of the 30 Day Rental program, which means it is only available to rent in Pittsburgh at Family Video. Visit them soon because they are having a sale on new releases this weekend for only $1 a day rental.