Don’t Tell A Soul
review by Bobby Blakey
The first time I saw Rainn Wilson was in House of a 1000 Corpses and have been a fan ever since. Obviously his turn as Dwight on the Office is one of the best TV characters ever, but I have enjoyed seeing him take on a variety of roles since it ended. His latest film, Don’t Tell A Soul has him teaming up with Jack Dylan Grazer, Fionn Whitehead and Mena Suvari but does it offer up that something special to help this interesting premise stand out or will it fail to climb out of the well?
Don’t Tell A Soul follows teen brothers Matt and Joey who are surprised by Hamby, a security officer who gives chase and is then trapped in a well while stealing money to help their sick mother. Over the next few days, Joey and Hamby forge an uneasy relationship. Hamby tells Joey he’ll keep quiet if Joey sets him free. But Hamby holds another secret, one that will threaten Joey and his family, in this twist-filled, cat-and-mouse thriller.
I knew nothing about this film going in which is best so you can just see it unfold. I expected something creepy or something, but to my surprise it was not. Instead it kind of walks the line on a few genres without every fully embracing any. With that being said when it is good it is really fun to watch, but there are moments it limps along balancing between violence and abuse. The dynamic between the brothers is hard to watch since it is more abusive than anything else, but it is also the real catalyst to drive this story forward.
Whitehead is the most unlikable character I have seen in some time with no redeeming qualities. You want something to happen to him which is kind of the point, but never comes to the fruition you might be hoping for. His dynamic with Frazer is great from an acting perspective, but one that is not fun to watch. They both bring their A game to their roles and will have you no doubt cringing or just angry at how it plays out.
Wilson is perfectly inserted into this tale offering up a layered character that
spends most of the time in the well. His exchanges with Frazer are the best parts of the film, but you know something is never right all around. As expected there are a couple of twists and turns in this film with the ending not quite going where I was hoping, but still delivers a decent closing.
This is a worthwhile film that at least does some new things to make it feel fresh and new. Decide for yourself and grab your copy of Don’t Tell A Soul available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.