The Voices (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Marjane Satrapi
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick
Rated: R/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Lions Gate
Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, he pursues his office crush (Gemma Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.
Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick seem to always pop-up in some of the oddest films. Both are great actors and always fun to see on screen, but it seems like if something that feels new or different comes along, regardless of if it is a theatrical release or not, they seem to be in it. Such is the case here in, The Voices. A movie where Reynolds plays a man named Jerry, who is very mentally unstable and hears voices from animals and even later on other odd things. Now, the film walks a line between serious and dark comedy. Most of the time, even if horrible in what is going on, the movie is funny. There are, however, times when even the comedy seems to step aside a moment for some realness. The movie is odd anyway and I say that with a positive meaning. Jerry has pills that would make him “normal”, but have him remember awful things from his childhood that placed him in the shape he’s in to begin with. When he takes the pills, he hears voices and does some awful things, but he sees the world as much more jolly place and most of the time we are seeing the world through his eyes in this state. It makes for a very colorful and odd vibe of a film. The results might be a little mixed, but I think there is more good than bad.
You also can’t help but enjoy the comedic ways of Reynolds. The conversations he has with his dog, cat, and other random animals are funny. I think Ryan Reynolds is always at his best when being funny and a role like this opens the door for him to use his comedy and expand upon it to go into different areas and to really stretch his range. I’m not saying this is the best thing you will see this year, because it isn’t. The movie does seem to get a little too off the rails at times in both logic and other ways, but if you are looking for a lot of fun to be had, then you can easily have it here with The Voices. There’s some blood, some comedy, and a very different story that goes into some different areas that are both new and dark in a whole lot of ways. I don’t know if you will love what you get here, but you should be entertained, more or less. I just kind of wish we had more talking with the animals. Outside of that, it is what it is. Some will hate it, but other will be able to have some fun with it if they like weirder stuff.
– The Voices: From Fridge to Frame
– VFX: The Making of Bosco and Mr. Whiskers
– VFX: Comparison Showreel
– The Voices of Ryan Reynolds
– Deleted Scenes
– Extended Scenes
– Cast & Costume Sketch Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 100%
*Screenshots taken from Blu-ray.com*