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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Crimes -- both serious and more minor -- often go unpunished. Deception and double-crossing can be expected from most people.
Positive Role Models
Criminal, untrustworthy behavior is shown by most characters, even those in positions of authority and protection, such as the police and psychologists. The majority of female characters are highly sexualized and victimized. Police DI Jane Ambrose is shown to be clever and determined in piecing together the crime, but is ultimately outsmarted and has minor past criminal transgressions exposed.
The majority of characters are White and able-bodied. Women are highly sexualized and victimized. Men are portrayed as dominant in a sexual environment, and often aggressive and dangerous in the wider world, which plays into damaging gender stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
Dead bodies are shown on a number of occasions, both dismembered and decapitated, often in baths full of blood. There is mention of beatings, sexual abuse, PTSD, and rape -- as well as injuries relating to rape. A character is seen with their throat slit and blood coming from the neck. Other characters are threatened with guns and knives, and one takes their own life with a gun to the mouth -- though the action and aftermath are not shown on-screen. A navy ship is seen to crash and explode in a flashback. There is a scene at a funeral. Scenes of sexual bondage involve characters tied up and spanked. A character watches someone undress without their knowledge.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is kissing, sexual touching, and both sexual intercourse and oral sex portrayed on-screen on numerous occasions. Full male and female nudity are shown from behind, and partial female nudity from the front. Scenes of bondage involve characters being tied up and spanked. There is mention of affairs and the implication of incest. Characters routinely sexualized.
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Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "f----r," "f--king," "f--ked," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bastard," "whore," "t-ts," "bitch," "bloody," and "psycho." Also some gender-based slurs including "little wifey." "Jesus" is used as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters regularly smoke cigarettes and cigars. Characters also drink alcohol on a number of occasions in their homes and bar settings, though there is no intoxication shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Silent Hours is a British crime thriller about a string of sexually violent murders. Dead bodies are shown dismembered, and characters are threatened with knives and guns -- with one taking their own life with a gun to the mouth. Women are highly sexualized and victimized, and sexual intercourse and nudity are shown on-screen. There is also mention of rape and an implication of incest. Strong language features throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," and "bastard." Smoking and drinking are seen regularly, though not to excess. Most characters reveal elements of corruption, including those in positions of power and protection. The movie is dark and gritty, with numerous adult themes that could make it upsetting for younger teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With a bloated running time of over 2.5 hours, there's a strange pacing to this movie that makes sense when considering it was adapted from a three-part drama series. Mark Greenstreet has maintained an episodic structure for Silent Hours, but it doesn't sit particularly well in movie format. Exposition comes thick and fast, with every detail either spoken aloud or pointed out clumsily via camera shot -- the scenes in the psychologist's office are particularly jarring.
Despite the grisly subject matter, the film struggles to conjure much in the way of immediacy or danger, relying on generic, tired genre tropes, without building on the basics. Even narrative techniques where reality shifts, or past events are revisited through a new lens don't feel as clever as they should. Performances get a bit lost in the mix, with Kirwan the only one consistently managing to keep her head above water. This is a classic story that is beginning to feel somewhat outdated -- a tale told a hundred times over and, sadly, a hundred times better.
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