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Listening (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 11 September 2015 (USA)
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A team of genius-but-broke grad students invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives and threatens the future of free will itself.


Khalil Sullins


Khalil Sullins
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Thomas Stroppel ... David Thorogood
Artie Ahr Artie Ahr ... Ryan Cates
Amber Marie Bollinger Amber Marie Bollinger ... Jordan
Christine Haeberman ... Melanie
Steve Hanks ... Matthews
Arn Chorn-Pond Arn Chorn-Pond ... Head Monk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alexenko ... Detective
Araceli Almaguer ... Scientist
Dave Bean ... Listener
Sarah Beguiristain Sarah Beguiristain ... Waitress
Pamela Cedar Pamela Cedar ... Sharon
Kalim Chandler Kalim Chandler ... Young Scientist
Timothy Lee Conley ... Frank
Jonathan Cousens ... Listener (as Jonathan Adam Cousens)
J.R. Craig J.R. Craig ... Police Officer


A team of genius-but-broke grad students invent mind-reading technology that destroys their lives and threatens the future of free will itself.

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Almost great
16 January 2016 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

The movie is written and directed by the same guy. That usually means that if it's going to be bad, it's going to be really bad. Good news: it's not bad. But it's not that great either.

The story follows two students researching brain communication. Of course the bad guys are interested in this and they are already in trouble as they have been using stolen lab equipment from their university. More than that, there are marital problems as well. This could have been a good idea if not for the paint-by-numbers story, which is obviously written by somebody who went to writing class, but didn't have the time to develop their own style.

The good part about the film is that the actors play well, the direction is reasonable - although I don't know why every damn frame has to have lens flares (another reason to hate J.J., probably) and the story is captivating. The only major problem is the lackluster script. Everything gets revealed way too soon and in the moments where tension was needed, story gets resolved by impossible means.

Bottom line: nothing in this film is great, but it had something, a potential that somehow failed to get realized. Good start, interesting second act, confusing third and a really really bad ending.

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