‘The Silencing’

In the isolated wilds of the Rocky Mountains hinterland, Rayburn Swanson (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – TV’s Game of Thrones) lives alone on a wildlife sanctuary still grieving for his missing daughter, who disappeared without trace years earlier. The discovery of a young female body with every indication she was hunted to her death, along with a second saved by Swanson raises the spectre of a possible vicious serial killer.

Paths cross with the new, ambitious Sheriff Alice Gustafson (Annabelle Wallis – Annabelle, King Arthur) who has family issues to resolve and Swanson’s remarried ex-wife looking to close the file on their missing daughter. But the main focus to The Silencing are those killings. And director Robin Pront (The Ardennes) delivers what is to be expected in its thrills, kills, chases, red herrings, misunderstandings. All somewhat familiar and clichĂ©d but at least there is time spent with the main characters themselves to build some depth to the story.

A decent attempt – neither dull nor particularly memorable.

Rating: 58%

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