Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A kid gets kidnapped by some unusually friendly scumbags. His father's a rich fellow and they want to collect a ransom from him. Unfortunately for them, their kidnap victim David is able to really f*ck with their heads and those heads will roll.
Is it good movie?
I'm a fan of 'evil child' movies, but with that being said, good ones are few and far in between. Whisper is an exception to the rule and will go down in my books as a well made little thriller that works. It's pretty hard not to compare this flick to the recent Omen remake, and let me tell you- this movie kicks that movie's ass.
The kid in the Omen remake was always pouty and always looked like he was in the midst of unloading a truckload of poop into his trousers. This kid, David, is creepy as sh*t. On top of that, this movie has Michael f'n Rooker in it and I don't know what more you can ask for. Rooker has a minor role, but who cares- he's the man.
The film is very well acted although a little bizarre. This isn't a movie where the evil child grabs a knife and starts hacking people up. Instead, it's more of a supernatural mindf*ck, as everyone starts losing their mind. This was a smart move on the part of the director to make this film with an interesting dynamic, this whole kidnapping situation. I also thought that the characters were strong and three dimensional (if a bit too nice), leaving the viewer to wonder who the bad guy really is.
There are a few subplots that didn't really float my boat (the wolf, the 'mastermind'), but they weren't the meat and potatoes of this one. That aside, the ending here is quite an ass-kicker. If you can predict this one, I'll be impressed; I sure didn't see it coming. Also, don't get too hung up looking for the aforementioned meat either, because this one isn't about the gore.
Whisper was an edge-of-your-seat roller coaster. I know its clichéd, but true.
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Oddly enough, this is probably my most profane review ever, but let that tell you one of two things- either this movie is awesome, or I've become completely devoid of creative vocabulary. I'll bet it's the latter, not the former. Check out Whisper; let's hope it gets a theatrical release. The film is smart, well written and well acted.