Thursday, April 25, 2013

Film Review: Voice (2005)

Voice
South Korea/2005
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

At an all-girls school, Young-eon, a singer, is strangely murdered by a music sheet late at night. The next day, she awakens only to find that she can't be seen or heard, and she can't leave the school. Her best friend, Sun-min, however, can hear her voice. Thereafter, the murder mystery begins to hauntingly unravel...

The story in Voice follows similar themes to those in the previous installments of the series - the friendships, the jealousy, and the taboo relationships. However, this film blends the best elements of the previous entries to create a very effective story. It is creepily atmospheric, like Whispering Corridors, incredibly dramatic, like Memento Mori, and evidently frightening, like Wishing Stairs; the scares consist of audio and visual spookiness. The story starts immediately, and constantly pushes forward - no filler. The ghost is much more evident in a dramatic way, and an equally terrifying way, which really sparked my interest. However, there are rules the ghosts have to follow, which I also enjoyed. It occasionally gets confusing, some parts of the third act may need clarification. The ending of the film is great, as well. The scene at the credits is very chilling.

The acting is great in this film; the students act like students, and, in turn, the school feels like a school. The film relies on creepy audio, instead of actual ghost appearances, although ghostly figures occasionally appear subtly. The film is shot beautifully, with superb use of color; a deep, "emergency" light red is often used to create a tense, terrifying atmosphere. Voice doesn't rely heavily on special effects. The effects it does use blend seamlessly with the movie, most of the time.

Overall, I really enjoyed Voice. It has a dense horror atmosphere, suspense, and slow-burning terror, as well as a haunting storyline. I recommend a purchase for fans of the genre or series, a rental otherwise.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Some strong violence and blood.

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