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Dead Silent (1999)

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Young Amanda witnesses her parents' murder and is rendered mute. Her aunt Julia temporarily takes her in but soon discovers that her dead sister and brother-in-law may have held a secret life. Now she must risk everything as the killers are still hunting Amanda and the secret of her parents. Written by Anonymous

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Poor thriller - bad lead actors doesn't help
29 October 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Dr Julia Meybridge's (Catherine Mary Stewart) sister and brother-in-law are murdered in a burglary, she takes care of their daughter Amanda (Arlen Aguayo-Stewart) who cannot speak due to the trauma of witnessing the murders. However as accusations of stealing industrial secrets are levelled at Amanda's parents and someone continues to stalk Julia's apartment it is apparent that Amanda is still in danger.

This is a reasonable TV thriller. It doesn't particularly pretend to having high aspirations and knows that it's plot isn't great but it's still OK if you're not expecting great things. The main story about the industrial espionage and the gang hunting for "an item" is pretty good if a little unbelievable. You can see the twists coming from miles but it doesn't take too much away from the conclusion.

It's difficult to care about either Stewart (Dr Meybridge) or Amanda (Aguayo-Stewart). With Stewart her character is so work focused that she neglects Amanda, the idea being that we would gradually see her warm to the prospect of motherhood. However she is so unsympathetic for the majority of the film that it is that that stays with you and not the sudden urge of motherhood experienced towards the end. As an aside Stewart looks so much like Meg Ryan that if her current work dries up she should be able to get a job as one of those celebrity impersonators at parties!

Amanda being mute for almost the entire film makes it difficult for Aguayo-Stewart to convey a lot of character. This would have suited a more experienced or better child actress and makes you wonder about how she was picked out for the role. Rob Lowe brings a bit of "star-power" to the film but, as projects like 'The West Wing' shows, he's too good for projects like this.

A reasonable TV thriller, this would have benefited from better performances from both the female leads.


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