Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
A high school music student is mysteriously killed but wonít go away quietly. She returns to haunt her friend and search for her killer.
Is it good movie?
The South Korean import Voice is a high school horror movie that I can only imagine being remade in the States. Itíd star good olí Lindsay Lohan or maybe Paris, be rated PG-13, and featured trash pop music, cheerleader snobs, and a beefy, stupid quarterback. Oh how the producers could hip it up for Americans and remove any trace of the psychological elements that make Voice a nearly successful movie. Nearly. Even though American producers would trash the tragic tale of a young vocalist who finds herself a ghost, the film plays like a high school thriller that could be from any country because it focuses on simple human attributes and doesnít capture a theme that makes it culturally specific. It revolves mostly around the friendship between two girls and the struggle for the living friend to remain sane since sheís the only one who can hear her dead buddy. If youíre a fan of psychological horror, Voice might work as it mostly screws with the mind, going in and out of the spiritual world, blurring the line between fantasy and reality.
Now for the bad. Just because itís a mind game doesnít mean itís super. It just means the elements for success remain present. Director Equan Choe just doesnít mesh them together effectively. Mostly, Voice lacks fear, desire, or heart. All the characters seem so depressed and gloomy it made me want to drink but not for the reason a faithful reviewer should. No, the movie falls into its own trap of the wronged ghost who must have her murder solved. I know thatís the genre, but it seems someone could create something fresh to do with the wronged ghost bit. Moreover, it focused way too much on the girls, the friendship between dead teen and her friend. It establishes their care for one another effectively, but too much of anything grows dull. And they spend a lot of time on them. Talking. Talking. Blab. Poor me. It grinds the pace down the suspense as a result. If they had cut about 20 or 30 minutes out, the faster pace would have equaled better movie. As a result, the film feels uneven as the balance between the horror and their heart to heart talks was a little too even. Now we just have to wait for Paris to get the call for North Americaís version.
Video / Audio
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 with English Subtitles
Behind the Scenes: 23 minutes of rather dull behind the scene glimpses without commentary. Instead, itís like someone snuck a camera backstage and asked for some quickie interviews. Thereís a little about makeup and effects, but nothing is explained. Dull.
While Voice utilizes psychological elements quite well, the slow pace kills any momentum gained. It made me get a drink, which only made me sleepy.