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Author Topic: [Movie] Donít Tell a Soul (2020) Ė A Soul Drama Review And Mp4 Official Trailer  (Read 1219 times)

Offline Mr. Babatunde

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DON'T TELL A SOUL is a psychological thriller with a plot that is obviously plain. The execution and super-tight runtime, however, of just 82 minutes, allows for very effective storytelling. Also, for these characters, I have to thank this movie for being very harsh in its honest and gritty depiction of life. This one is worth watching for sure!

Two brothers, their cancer-stricken mother, and a security guard are four main characters in this movie. When chasing the brothers after being robbed from a nearby home, the latter gets stuck at the bottom of an old well. In all the main positions, you should expect to see familiar faces.

The younger brother, who is all hearts and faith in humanity, is played by Jack Dylan Grazer. Youíll probably recognize him from the new film adaptations of Stephen Kingís It or maybe Shazam! (2019). Most recently, he was the lead in HBOís We Are Who We Are but the character in Donít Tell a Soul is most like his It character in many ways. And yet, itís very different as well!

As the older brother, who has given up all hope in other people, we have Fionn Whitehead. He played the lead character in Christopher Nolanís Dunkirk and also in the Black Mirror movie Bandersnatch (2018). In Donít Tell a Soul, he is almost unrecognizable. Not in a physical way but because of his very brutal and cruel ways. Quite impressive, actually!

The mother of these two brothers is portrayed by Mena Suvari (What Lies Below), who isnít on screen all that much. However, once again, she delivers a memorable and believable performance Ė memorable for all the right reasons. Finally, the security guard is played by Rainn Wilson (Utopia), who continues to show us new and fascinating sides. A really good role for him!

The characters in Donít Tell a Soul are wonderfully fleshed out and feel realistic. They donít always do what you expect. Or even what you think they should do. However, it is believable because we get to understand the inner-workings of each character.

Especially the dysfunctional relationships between the brothers. They have been suffering under a brutal dad, and still live surrounded by factories spewing out smoke non-stop. Also, thereís a focus on fact that you can still choose to do good when a chance is presented to you. Finally, it does touch on the fact that even the best people can get fed up!

The final moments of Donít Tell a Soul were a little bit ďoffĒ for me, but nothing too drastic. Still, any movie with well-written characters wins. Sure, the plot can still have a few slip-ups, but it will always make for a movie worth watching.  In Donít Tell a Soul, both the characters and the plot work which makes for a really good movie that you really shouldnít miss out on!

Watch Donít Tell a Soul on VOD

Donít Tell a Soul is written and directed by Alex McAulay. This is the first feature film from Alex McAulay as a director and itís one hell of a start. As a writer, McAulay has written a novel and came up with the story, and co-wrote the screenplay, for Flower (2017. This was also a very character-based story but in the drama-comedy genres.

There is a movie listed as ďannouncedĒ on Alex McAulayís IMDb page (as screenwriter), which I really hope will be made. Itís called Cult and is a thriller based on the book by Warren Adler (author of The War of the Roses). However, the info on the movie was last updated in October of 2017, so that might not come to fruition anytime soon.

In any case, I definitely hope weíll see more from Alex McAulay with such a strong feature film debut as director!

If you enjoy character-based thrillers, which is something indie film productions excel at, then Donít Tell a Soul should be perfect for you. And if you ďjustĒ enjoy watching a thriller with a sharp story and tight pace, then this is also worth checking out.

Donít Tell a Soul is out on VOD from January 15, 2021.



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