Writer: Lorena Villarreal (Screenplay)
Starring: John Noble, Rupert Graves, Melina Matthews, Eivaut Rischen, Hoze Melendez, Nic Jackman
Plot: In order to save her son’s life, Ana embarks on a quest to find a powerful stone from the Zone of Silence, located in Mexico. Someone finds out the power the stone possesses and believes it is a power worth killing for.
Tagline – The power to turn back time… is a power worth killing for.
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Mystery That Keeps You Guessing
Story: Silencio starts when scientist James (Noble) is cleaning up a missile strike in the zone of silence in Mexico in the 1970s, discovering a strange stone, he gets a chance to save his family who has been killed in an accident, he can only save Ana. Now Ana (Matthews) has grown up to become a doctor, while James has started to lose him memory.
When James’ memory comes back for a short period of time he goes in search of the stone again, unable to find it, he brings trouble back home which leads Ana into searching for the stone to rescue her son from the ruthless criminals who want it for their own power.
Thoughts on Silencio
Characters – James is the scientist that was left with grief of losing her children and grandchildren, working for the government in the Zone of Silence a freak unexplainable event gives him a chance to save them, he only saves one. He gave his life to raise his granddaughter, but his mind isn’t what it once was, when he gets the glimpse of his former self he only puts his new family in danger. Peter is the student of James’s he was there when the event happened and spent his career studying the effects of the Zone of Silence, family friend throughout, the only one that can help translate the lost memories of James. Ana is the granddaughter of James, the one that is saved, she grew up to become a doctor and a success in her own right, raised a son alone only believing her grandfather’s stories, until she must use the power of the stone for her own reasons.
Performances – John Noble is the biggest name in the film, he does a great job even if his performance does feel like it could have been just another performance from the TV show Fringe. Rupert Graves is good as the family friend, he delivers the information we need the most in this film. Melina Matthews is star of the film, she is the one that is given the most emotional material to get through and handles each on a strong level through the film.
Story – The story here offers us a chance to question what would you do if you could change time, save a life, for a life? This is always been a great question to see unfold in a movie, because it makes you think about the difficult questions in life. It does explore the ideas of the mythology behind the zone of silence, the Bermuda Triangle of Mexico, which if you like this subject you can get good ideas of what could be in the mystery. We end up going places you might not have seen a safer movie go which is a breath of fresh air, we get the balance science and faith too, which is one that you could see talked about for a long time. This is one that could keep us thinking about what we would do in this situation.
Mystery – This is a film that puts mystery around a stone which has powers which could change the past for anyone who owns it, it has the mystery about where it came from and what will our character do with the power.
Settings – The film is set in Mexico, while the city could be generic for any city, the idea of the mystery about zone of silence in Mexico.
Final Thoughts – This is a mystery film that brings us to the fine line of a question of what would you do, one that always keeps us wanting to see more.
Overall: Must watch mystery.