By Brian Costello,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Psychological thriller has suicide, jump scares, language.
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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.
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What's the Story?
In NOISE, Mattias (Ward Kerremans) is a successful social media influencer who has just moved to the country home of his father, Pol (Johan Leysen), who now lives in an assisted living facility. He has moved there with his successful caterer wife Liv (Sallie Harmsen) and their newborn, Julius. As they settle into their new lives, Mattias and his brother-in-law Timme pass the old abandoned factory that was once owned by his father. Rumors and dark hints at what happened inside there come to Mattias' attention, and he soon decides to begin an investigation into the factory. While he initially does this as a lark to appeal to his many followers on social media, Mattias soon uncovers what looks to him like cover-ups and conspiracies that, coupled with Julius' incessant crying, push him to the brink of exhaustion and insanity. Liv, Pol, and Timme must find a way to rescue him before it's too late.
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
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How did the movie use jump scares to create suspense? Did it work? Why, or why not?
- On DVD or streaming: March 17, 2023
- Cast: Ward Kerremans, Sallie Harmsen, Johan Leysen
- Director: Steffen Geypens
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Thriller
- Run time: 89 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: March 21, 2023
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