The Silencing (2020) now with first reviews

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‘It takes a hunter to catch a killer.’

The Silencing is a 2020 American-Canadian crime thriller about a reformed hunter and a sheriff tracking a deadly serial killer.

Directed by Robin Pront (The Ardennes) from a screenplay written by Micah Ranum, the movie stars Annabelle Wallis (Malignant; Annabelle and sequel; The Mummy), Zahn McClarnon (Doctor Sleep; Bone Tomahawk), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Mama; Nightwatch) and Hero Fiennes Tiffin.


A reformed hunter (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and a sheriff (Annabelle Wallis) are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse when they set out to track a deadly serial killer who may have kidnapped the hunter’s daughter five years ago…

[May contain spoilers] Reviews:

The Silencing suffers from a lack of character development and an overuse of shaky cam in its action sequences, but it’s saved by the excellent performances and moments of genuine tension throughout.” BRWC

“What brittle bones constitute the skeleton that is The Silencing only add up to another barely mediocre appropriation of the moth-eaten Most Dangerous Game premise.” Culture Crypt

“Although the cat and mouse aspect is played out, it is the sole strength of this film. There are quite a few cliff-hanging action scenes. Then there are slow-paced sequences, some very dragged out, ultimately leading to an abrupt and unsatisfying ending.” Leaky Loonage

“Despite having a repetitive and extremely boring storyline, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau does a good job, the only one that stands out because he really got into the character. I think the length of the film also played against it. Even with such a simple idea, it would have been better to see it in a short film and not like this.” Solce

“It’s an enjoyable movie with its fair share of good and bad moments. It’s entertaining and does try to do its best with its characters. Thus, it’s an enjoyable watch if you don’t go too deep into the plot.” TechQuila


The Silencing will be available on DirecTV on July 16, 2020. It will be released theatrically, On-Demand and on Digital August 14, 2020, via Saban Films.

Cast and characters:

• Annabelle Wallis … Sheriff Alice Gustafson
• Zahn McClarnon
• Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
• Melanie Scrofano
• Hero Fiennes Tiffin … Brooks
• Josh Cruddas
• Danielle Ryan … Doctor Patel
• Kayla Dumont … Jane Doe
• Daina Barbeau … Waitress
• Shaun Smyth … Doctor Boone
• Brielle Robillard … Gwen
• Bart Rochon … Truck Owner
• Charlotte Lindsay Marron … Molly
• Justin James Remeikis … Young Doctor
• Lisa Cromarty … Mrs Berg

Filming locations:

• Ontario, Canada

Technical details:

• 97 minutes
• Rated ‘R’

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