Friday, August 21, 2009

Noise (2004)


Written by Lance Doty
Directed by Tony Spiridakis

Joyce...Trish Goff
Charlotte...Ally Sheedy
Hank...Giancarlo Esposito
Stephen...Michael E. Knight
Elliot...David Thornton

Joyce Chandler is a pretty little waif out on her own for the first time, a recently divorced recovering alcoholic with a new job as a copy editor, a new apartment, and a new upstairs neighbor. The neighbor, Charlotte Bangkroff is, in essence, one crazy bitch, stomping about, screaming about mice, and blasting her stereo or television at all hours of the night. When friendly request for peace and quiet go unheeded, Joyce begins losing sleep, which throws her whole world off kilter. Her work suffers, her personal life topples, and she even begins drinking again. She decides that something needs to be done, but the question is what? And how far is she willing to go for the fabled 8 hours?

The cast each pull off their parts well, especially Ally Sheedy in full-on sociopath mode, and the film works well on all technical levels. However, the sleep deprivation and its effect on Joyce’s physical as well as emotional state could have played a better role, which would have enhanced the feeling of her torture.

Granted, there are no ghosts, goblins, slashers or boogeymen in this film. You won’t walk away terrified and you won’t have nightmares. But the situation Joyce found herself in is a real-life horror that one can not appreciate unless you’ve been there yourself. Speaking from experience, the sleep deprivation is bad enough, but the worst by far is your loss of control, feeling as if you have no shelter, no solitude. When you are unable to block out the outside world with the walls of your own home, it’s not just your space that’s being invaded. It’s you as well.

A well done thriller, for fans of Single White Female and the like. Worth a watch, if just to see a painfully obnoxious women’s support group sully their good name by discussing “fucking” with “cocks” and “cunts.” Quite frankly, I’m offended.

And going back for seconds.

Rated R
84 Minutes
United States

Noise is currently ranked #45,240 in DVD's at Read more about it at the IMDB, rent it at Netflix, or buy it today!


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