ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – V – Voice from the Stone (2017)

Director: Eric D Howell

Writer: Andrew Shaw (Screenplay) Silvio Raffo (Novel)

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino, Remo Girone, Lisa Gastoni, Edward Bring, Duccio Camerini

 

Plot: Set in 1950s Tuscany, Voice from the Stone is the haunting and suspenseful story of Verena, a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.


Tagline – Silence is calling

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fizzles Out

 

Story: Voice from the Stone starts as we meet Verena (Clarke) a nurse that goes from house to house to try and help children that are struggling with problems, her latest job takes her to Tuscany to help Klaus (Csokas) with his son Jakob (Dring) who hasn’t spoken since his mother’s death.

When Verena learns that, Jakob believes he can still communicate with his mother, the case takes on a new direction for her, as she must learn to accept thinking outside of her believed reality for the answers to what is hold Jakob back.

 

Thoughts on Voice from the Stone

 

Characters – Verena is a nurse, she is an expert in helping children with problems, her latest job takes her to Tuscany to help a young boy who hasn’t spoken since the passing of his mother. She doesn’t believe in any of the afterlife but must now learn to accept it in this latest case. Klaus is the father of the boy, he an artist and grieving in his own way, hoping to get his son to talk once more. Malvina is the mother that has passed away, she hasn’t remained away though communicating with Jakob through the wall, holding him back, she must get pushed into the afterlife for the family to move on.

PerformancesEmilia Clarke is the biggest selling point of this movie, having one of the most beautiful women in the world, one of the most famous television characters, here she does get to show her serious side, but never reaches the levels we know she could. Marton Csokas is one of the good performers in the European mysterious men roles, here he is no different showing us why he is always picked.

StoryThe story here does get caught up in two minds, the first is just a young nurse trying to help a sick child get over the grieving process, this should be a good enough story, but we get thrown into a mystery about why his deceased mother is talking to him through a stone, while this does have a kicker of a twist and never reaches the true levels of mystery to make us satisfied with how it ended or how we got there either.

MysteryThe mystery does fall flat by the end of the film, because we get part of an answer but not the complete answer.

SettingsThe film does have beautiful settings outside of the house, we get to see moments of stunning scenery from the Tuscany location.


Scene of the Movie –
Pose for me?

That Moment That Annoyed Me The ending doesn’t seem to make sense.

Final ThoughtsThis is a slow moving mystery thriller that does make you want to see where things go, but in the end things don’t click to make sense to where it should all be.

 

Overall: Mystery that lacks the punch.

Rating

 

 

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