'Hush' | A Pleasing Thriller,
This review is from: Hush (Amazon Instant Video)
'Hush' exists within a sub-genre of psychological thrillers occupied by the likes of 'Duel', 'The Vanishing / Spoorloos' and 'Breakdown'. Its resemblance to these films is more than passing, but it manages to retain an identity of its own. The direction is taut, the stripped down plot is focused and the film's colour palette and lighting contrasts lend the film an eerie, dramatic quality.
Thankfully, 'Hush' steers clear of awkward moralising concerning the subject of human trafficking (a matter which motivates the undercurrent of the plot); this film is an exercise in tension building, not a mawkish 'issues' based drama. However, where the film misfires is in rather indulgent moments of violence, which border on the gratuitous. These gruesome elements end up being a distraction, since they veer the film into the realms of horror rather than enhancing its urgent qualities.
If you enjoyed the films listed in this sub-genre of psychologically thrilling pictures, then you are likely to find 'Hush' an enjoyably tense and suspenseful picture, one which is admirable for eschewing excess and frippery.