Hush, American movie (2016)

Isn’t it sometimes amazing how much we take things for granted? Take your eyesight and hearing for instance. Have you ever stopped to take a moment to think about what it would be like if you ever lost one of those senses? The other day I was having a discussion with a friend of mine if you would ever have to make a choice about losing one of them, which one would it be. I would take hearing, as when I would lose my eyesight I would not be able to read books or watch movies anymore. Now before you think that I might have lost all my senses (pun intended) talking about this, it actually is leading up to something. Because I think the heroine of the movie I am about to review, would really have liked to have been able to hear.

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In Hush we meet Maddie a writer who lives by herself in a secluded house in the woods. Having lost her hearing and the ability to speak when she was 13, she tries to make the most out of her life. But one day her life takes a turn for the worst. A deranged and masked individual suddenly shows up at her house, with the intent of killing her. With Maddie being deaf, the killer thinks of her as an easy prey, and begins to toy with her. But even though Maddie might have lost her hearing, she will soon show a remarkable will to live. A very dangerous game of cat and mouse begins between her and the psychopath….

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Now Hush is a movie that falls into a kind of subgenre that over the recent years has emerged: the home invasion movie. Even though this genre has become pretty predictable, Hush tries to do something new with it, and succeeds in that attempt for the most part. First off lead actress Kate Siegel does one hell of a job in playing the role of the deaf/mute Maddie. It is very hard to act without being able to utter a single sentence, but Kate manages to portray her character very well. Her sense of fear and at times desperation comes across admirably, something that is very important in a film such as this.

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The unique premise of the movie, with Maddie being deaf, creates a tense atmosphere. We as an audience can sometimes see and ofcourse hear the killer, but Maddie can’t, and at times I almost found myself screaming at the screen:”please turn around!”. You really get swept up in the moment, and it is very nice when a thriller is able to do that. Now I can ofcourse state that there are definitely a few situations in this film that come across as being all too familiair. But as far as thrillers go, this film is just a great watch. It has a cool female lead, some very tense and chilling scenes, and for once we also have a heroine who doesn’t act like she is stupid. All in all this is just a  fun ride for people who like good and decent thrillers.

I give Hush a 8 out of 10 score.

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18 thoughts on “Hush, American movie (2016)”

  1. Great review! I watched this film a few months ago and absolutely adored it. I totally get what you mean, I was screaming at the TV too. I also got really teary when she was typing that goodbye letter out on her laptop >_<!

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words. Yes, it was one of those movies where I expected very little, but it turned to be a seriously awesome film. Yes, that scene was very good and sad, loved the build up of the music during that scene as well. Really enjoyed it. Hope that more movies such as these make their way to Netflix 😊

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  2. Gewoon op Netflix? Die moet ik maar even onder mijn favorieten gaan zetten. Wederom een uitstekende review van een angstaanjagend subgenre. Je moet er toch niet aan denken dat zo’n creepy in je huis staat.

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  3. A film that can make one scream at the screen must be doing something right. I’ve never heard of this one before- not surprising, I know – but if I ever get the chance to see it, I will.

    Choosing which sense to lose is hard…

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    1. Haha, yeah it did a lot of things right for sure, the movie can be found on Netflix, at least that is where I watched it 😊Well, considering the amount of things I have never heard off, I really can’t say I blame you lol. Too much cool things out there, and so little time 😊

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  4. I keep meaning to watch this one. There is also one out there called “Don’t Breathe” which I quite fancy as it subverts this idea, and has a bunch of kids breaking into a blind man’s house, only to find that he has hearing on par with Daredevil and ruthlessness akin to Punisher. I will need to find time to watch hush as I have no excuse, it being on netflix and all

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    1. Don’t Breathe is a movie I myself still want to watch as well, having missed it in the theatres. I always like a good thriller, and I have heard great things about it so far. This one is quite good as well, hope you will enjoy it 😊

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      1. It was on Netflix, I watched it and enjoyed it. Good little thriller, and plenty for a literature student to pick at (which I admittedly did, to reasonable effect)

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      2. Haha, glad you managed to enjoy it. Sure the movie really had it’s flaws, but I did quite like it and thought it was a nice little thriller. I have certainly seen worse movies 😊Thank you for your comment😀

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      3. Um, didn’t think it had too many flaws too be honest. I just found the guy significantly less menacing with his mask off (The literary student was saying – Dehumanising, Automata, Denial of Sight as well as sound.)

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