Monday, September 13, 2021

The Voyeurs Review: An Intriguing Premise and Unfulfilling Ending

Release date: September 11, 2021
Running time: 111 minutes
Written and Directed By: Michael Mohan
Staring: Sydney Sweeney, Justice Smith, Ben Hardy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo

Pippa and Thomas move into their dream apartment, they notice that their windows look directly into the apartment opposite, this will set in motion a chain of events that will lead to disaster.

The Voyeurs has a definite theme and subject matter that permeates this film.  I really liked the idea of looking into people's lives through their windows, and the film had plenty of imagery to help showcase this.  Many scenes included views of other surrounding windows and residents to showcase the main theme of this film.  And the voyeuristic aspect of the film are also quite interesting; it is exciting and downright scintillating to see into the world of Pippa and Thomas's neighbor and to see the highs and lows of those next door.  And the film built this up slowly, letting you really get to know them; thought it did seem to be a little too slowly paced at the start.  And as the obsession starts to grow, you get more and more access to this alternate world.  And some of the later symmetry of their situations and the symbolism that is evoked is also interesting to see.

But although The Voyeurs does have an intriguing story, the film goes off the deep end towards the end.  Events spiral out of control and characters make very consequential decisions seemingly quickly.  I felt like there wasn't enough groundwork laid for some of these decisions and others just felt odd.  They were for the purpose of moving he story forward and creating some shocking twists, but they felt very unnatural.  Which is a shame because the first part of the film did have a slow burning, natural, and innocent feel to it.  This quickly devolves in the back half of the movie. The film is a thriller and will keep you engaged, but it might not leave you fulfilled.

The Voyeurs has an interesting premise that permeates the film, and several shocking twists, but the story devolves to get you to the ultimately unfulfilling conclusion. 

Rent it.

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The Voyeurs is available to stream on Amazon Prime starting September 10, 2021.

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