THE QUIET ONES
Blinded By Science
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: John Pogue
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Coupland hires a young man, Brian, to film him and his team as they experiment and try to fix their chosen patient. Coupland asks Brian if he’s a believer because of the crucifix he wears around his neck, to which he states that he isn’t sure but merely wears it because his mother is religious. Coupland introduces Brian to the team, consisting of two assistants, Krissi and Harry. He also introduces Brian to their subject, Jane, a deeply disturbed, but pretty young woman who doesn’t remember anything of her past. As expected, when Brian starts filming the experiments, weird things begin to happen and he starts to get worried, but intrigue makes him stay.
However, the university cuts funding for the research. So, Coupland is forced to fund everything out of his own pocket. He moves the research to a large house in the middle of nowhere. As the experiments continue, Brian grows fond of Jane. Also, Coupland’s team starts to wonder if Jane truly is possessed.
THE QUIET ONES starts off intriguing as it explores areas of belief, but it doesn’t take long for the movie to go in a different direction. Jared Harris as Professor Coupland is solid and carries the movie’s believability, but the movie otherwise feels uneventful. The intensity relies too heavily on loud sound effects and music rather than plot conflict. The movie also jumps between scenes way too quickly.
THE QUIET ONES had the chance to end on a positive or redeemable note. Sadly, as the research team learns that the occult and the supernatural are in fact real, the characters, to their own detriment, never ask God to release Jane from her tormentors. Though one could see this as a morality tale, it leaves no answer to the very real problem of the demonic, and that answer is Jesus. Viewers who enjoy this genre will be much more satisfied with stories like THE CONJURING, which actually gives a hope for stopping demonic attack. That said, it’s interesting that this Hollywood movie has a character so blinded by scientific ambition that he can’t see the obvious reality of supernatural evil. Who’s the “irrational” one now?
Because of the scary images, foul language and unedifying focus on the occult, THE QUIET ONES is a movie that media-wise families will hopefully decide to avoid.
THE QUIET ONES starts off intriguing as it explores various areas of belief. Sadly, the movie had the chance to end on a positive or redeemable note, but it decided to avoid the answer to demonic activity, and that answer is Jesus. That said, it’s interesting that the main character is so blinded by scientific ambition that he can’t see the obvious reality of supernatural evil. For its scary images, foul language and unedifying focus on the occult, THE QUIET ONES is a movie that media-wise families will decide to avoid.