Sound of Violence (2021)

Following the murder of her family, Alexis seemingly miraculously recovered her hearing. As she studies music, an interesting phenomenon happens and she can feel and see music in a different manner than most. This leads her to experimentations that are anything but ethical to get to her goal of knowing and feeling more of the music. As she creates music, a dark secret comes to light. 

Written and directed by Alex Noyer, Sound of Violence is a carefully crafted, artsy film that does a lot with its premise, taking things in unexpected directions and pushing these things as far as it can. This is one of those films where the least the viewer knows the better and even then, it’s a great watch with some knowledge of the film. This is the kind of film that knows what it wants and shows its cards at exactly the right time along the way. 

Playing the lead here is Jasmin Savoy Brown who takes this lead and makes her a fully fleshed human who slowly (at first) loses herself in her work, no matter the consequences to others or herself. She gives a great performance and could easily carry those film, but she does not have to here. Playing her roommate Marie is Lili Simmons who gives an excellent performance, stealing scenes left and write with a natural performance and one that catches the eye. Her work, particularly near the end, is stunning and perfectly captures the emotions needed to balance out the lead. She’s the one most will remember in a film filled with strong performances.  

Something that comes up quickly in the film and is a solid aspect throughout is the look of the film, the visuals created here are so powerful at times, that they take over a few scenes in a good way. The lighting and cinematography create these images with great looks and interest that all visual artists should love. The cinematography by Daphne Qin Wu proves that there is a ton of talent involved to make this film look good. The editing by Hannu Aukia and Vertti Virkajärvi pulls it all together in a cohesive manner that feels organic for the happenings on screen mixed with music and sounds. Which brings up the music by Alexander Burke, Omar El-Deeb, and Jaakko Manninen. Their work together is something else here and works itself into the story, becoming part of the lead as well as its own character. Adding to the visual and audio aspects of the film as well as to the performances are the special effects by Robert Bravo. The pièce de résistance is something to behold and it just grabs the attention as its revealed gradually. The work that went into that is amazing and just the right amount of gore is involved.  

Sound of Violence is a must-see film, a film that has a ton to offer and works its ideas just the right way, giving the viewer a story that keeps the interest and developments that lead perfectly to the gruesome ending. It’s the kind of film that should be watched by horror films and just about everyone else. The visuals are strong, the performance are just right, and the music is a big part of what makes the film work as well as it does.