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Mute Witness (1995)

  Tags: 90's, Alec Guinness, Anthony Waller, blood, Evan Richards, Fay Ripley, Igor Volkov, killer, Marina Zudina, mute, Mute Witness, Oleg Yankovsky, Sergei Karlenkov, suspense, thriller

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Anthony Waller
95 minutes
Marina Zudina, Fay Ripley, Evan Richards, Oleg Yankovsky, Igor Volkov, Sergei Karlenkov, Alec Guinness

I've wanted to see this flick for some time, but I just never got around to it, because it was hard to find. Eventually I decided to just get it online, despite the high price, and I'm glad I did, because I enjoyed it. Normally I sell movies I buy after I've viewed them, unless I like them enough to keep, and this was one of those keepers. Not only did I find the movie original, but also liked the comedy that was thrown in to lighten up the mood.

The story is about a special effects artist, who's also a mute. She stays behind a movie set one night and gets locked in after closing time. She tries to find a way out, but her being mute has a hard time getting a hold of someone via phone and the fact that the movie's being shot in Russia doesn't help. At one point she hears Russians talking somewhere downstairs. She investigates to discover a couple guys making what looks like to be a porn. That is until one of them decides to bust out a knife and stab the girl they were having sex with. Luckily they didn't see the mute woman, but now it's up to her to find a way out of the set without being heard or seen by the two men.

I really dug this movie from the start. It had a good amount of tension when the mute woman was trying to hide from the guys without being caught. She sure came close a couple times, which really amped up the tension; good stuff! The movie has a good amount of blood and a lot of funny moments that loosened up the mood -- The film gives you a tense scene, then minutes later loosen' it up by having a brief comedic moment, then gives another tense moment a little after that. Most of the funny scenes involved the guy that plays the director in the movie.

This is a good flick that kept me interested immediately from the start. I thought a 7-rating was best fitting for this. I believe this movie is also getting the remake treatment (another reason why I wanted to see this, because I try to always see the original before the remake) and will be written by Sebastian Gutierrez, who also wrote the screenplay for Gothika. Hopefully he'll know what he's going for unlike Gothika where it was a pretty jumbled flick in the end.

A good and original flick. A lot of suspenseful scenes and nice comedic moments to loosen up the serious feel. Definitely worth a check.

Posted on July 3, 2009 - 5:53pm | FrighT MasteR