A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Two people of color in secondary roles.
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Violence & Scariness
Suicide: A woman dies intentionally by drowning -- she's also carrying a baby, but the baby's life is saved. A character is struck in the head with a flashlight and knocked out; bloody forehead. Nightmare imagery: woman with burned face and hair. Jump scares throughout.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Husband and wife kiss in bed, on the verge of engaging in oral sex before being interrupted by the crying of their baby.
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Infrequent language. "F--k" said three times. Also "s--tty," "a--hole," "goddammit," "crap," "damn," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking in one scene. Wine drinking in a bar, at dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Noise is a 2023 Belgian psychological thriller in which a new father's investigations into his father's abandoned factory lead to a descent into madness. A woman kills herself by drowning while carrying her baby -- the baby is rescued. There are jump scares throughout, and some nightmare imagery. A character is struck in the head with a flashlight and knocked out (bloody forehead). A married couple is on the verge of having oral sex before being interrupted by their baby's crying. Cigarette smoking occurs in one scene, and there's wine drinking. Occasional language includes "f--k." In Flemish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a solid if unremarkable Belgian thriller about a social media influencer's descent into insanity. Noise explores many themes: suicide, memory, aging, how people can get lost in the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories, mental illness. It's a slow-burn kind of movie, beautifully directed and skillfully acted. Regrettably, the story doesn't quite live up to its promise.
There are jump scares and moments of scary imagery that come across as a way to keep the audience engaged. There are some side stories that don't really go anywhere. It seems like a lot more is going to happen than what actually happens, considering that the first half of the movie is setting everything up. It works for what it is, overall, but it doesn't quite reach a satisfying climax or conclusion.
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