In Noise (2007), Tim Robbins plays a New Yorker who’s fed up with car alarms to the point where he vandalizes them. As he resorts to being a vigilante known as The Rectifier, we see his relationship with his wife decimated. When the law’s about to catch up to him, a new woman enters the fold to help him with a new way of going about his plan to stop all the extraneous noise. This film tries to go in a bunch of different directions with its message, but it doesn’t deliver on any of them. Trying to be a comedy at times, it’s usually in places that offset the darker tone of the film. Philosophical messages of the human condition and how we’re all sheep is tied in, but rarely comes across as meaningful enough to evoke change. Characters seem so conflicted with their emotions at points, only to suddenly adopt new ways of thinking. All this happens without much screen time having gone by to even show us how they made such a drastic change. For example, the wife of The Rectifier goes from calling the guy crazy in one scene to being pleased with him in the next. It’s things like this that make the viewer weary of how much context was really put into the film. All in all, the motives of the characters seem far-fetched based on how they respond to change. The movie tries too hard to deliver a message, while forgetting to focus on the screenplay and character arcs at hand. If more time was put into making a movie out of it, Noise could’ve delivered. Rather, it’s a middling attempt at using entertainment to make people think differently.
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