#5 The Whispering: Maybe it was the sound mixing or an overpowering soundtrack; nonetheless the result was garbled dialogue. It’s hard to fathom a person softly speaking to someone at a loud party or in a quiet bedroom where there’s no need for privacy. Amy and Nick’s measured vocal patterns detracted from the emotional variability throughout the movie. Making an audience pay close attention to dialogue is good; making them strain to hear said dialogue is not.
#4 Sticking so Close to the Queasy Similarities in Headline Making Cases: It’s one of the stickiest aspects of the movie. The glaring similarities to real-life cases (i.e. Laci Peterson) are unavoidable and the storyline it culls isn’t one that acknowledges the women in those crimes as true victims. Casting doubt on the legitimacy of such specific cases is alarming. There are issues worth discussing that the movie points out. The media’s lack of accountability as they fan the flames of hysteria amidst a progressing investigation and the public’s virulent judgement of suspects, are relevant concerns that need to be taken to task. However, building a story that so flagrantly uses confirmed horrors as a foundation makes for an uneasy entry point.