STARRING: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan and Emilia Graves
A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.
Hush tells the story of a deaf/mute writer by the name of Maddie out living in a house in the woods, living off the money she has made from her first novel. When her neighbour leaves from visiting her one evening, she races back as she is being chased by a masked man, who stabs her to death as Maddie can’t hear her cries for help. The killer soon learns of her disability and begins to taunt Maddie as the game is on between in the two with the killer trying to get in and Maddie trying to keep him out.
Hush is the latest film from Oculus writer/director Mike Flanagan who stretches his creative legs to cover ground in the home invasion niche and add some fresh material to tested waters as we follow a cat and mouse game between a crazed masked killer and his prey, a young deaf-mute writer that lives on her own in the woods.
Flanagan does a good job in directing the home invasion storyline and handling the deaf-mute lead character to root for that doesn’t pause to feel sorry for herself as she goes into survival mode once she realises the predicament that she’s in. I thought it was a very solid performance from Kate Siegel as Maddie while it was interesting to see John Gallagher Jr. in such a different role compared to what he’s done previously in The Newsroom and 10 Cloverfield Lane, he does well in the psychotic killer role. The film does a great job in the first act of the film in setting up the cat and mouse game as the killer wanders the house, unbeknownst to Maddie, stalking and toying with her for his own amusement of ‘the game’ he’s looking to play. There’s a few moments from Maddie that I liked in how she attempts to distract the killer from either getting from A to B or obtaining something to help keep her alive and there’s a moment in which the character does get to speak, as she mentality she ponders the outcomes of various scenarios she could attempt to do to get away and what could happen, I thought that particular scene was well handled.
The main problem with the film is that while it starts strong, pretty soon it feels like it runs out of juice when we get to the final act as there’s a few points, from both Maddie and the killer, that either one could’ve just finished the other there and then and it might just annoy a few viewers. It was nice to see Michael Trucco in something again (haven’t seen him in anything since Battlestar Galactica) and unfortunately he might just play the most gullible character we’ll see this year.
Nothing we haven’t seen before but is at times cleverly done with some solid direction and a good lead performance from Kate Siegel that make Hush worth checking out on Netflix. 6/10