Silent Night

A tormented father witnesses his young son die when caught in a gang's crossfire on Christmas Eve. While recovering from a wound that costs him his voice, he makes vengeance his life's mission and embarks on a punishing training regimen in order to avenge his son's death.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Thrillers
  • Stars: Anthony Giulietti, John Pollack, Harold Torres, Vinny O'Brien, Joel Kinnaman, Kid Cudi, Yoko Hamamura, Catalina Sandino Moreno
  • Director: John Woo
  • tylerrosin - 13 June 2024
    Silent Night" falls short of its potential, delivering a disappointing viewing experience despite intriguing initial premises.
    The concept of a mute protagonist seeking vengeance following a tragic event holds promise, but the execution of the narrative fails to capitalize on this idea.

    One of the film's major drawbacks is its lack of coherent storytelling, exacerbated by rushed pacing and disjointed editing. The plot follows a father who witnesses his son's murder on Christmas Eve and embarks on a quest for justice despite being mute due to a previous injury. However, the decision to have the entire movie devoid of dialogue, even when the protagonist can still hear and potentially communicate through other means, results in confusion and undermines character development.

    The absence of dialogue contributes to a lack of depth in the characters, making them feel dull and one-dimensional. Without meaningful interactions or development, the audience struggles to connect with the protagonist and other characters, further detracting from the overall viewing experience.

    Additionally, the film's action sequences, typically a saving grace for movies of this genre, fall short of expectations. The fight scenes lack creativity and intensity, with basic choreography and uninspired execution. Furthermore, subpar CGI detracts from the realism of the action, further diminishing the film's impact.

    Despite being directed by John Woo, known for his expertise in action filmmaking, "Silent Night" fails to deliver on its potential. Predictable villains and forgettable antagonists further contribute to the film's shortcomings, leaving little to redeem it.

    In conclusion, "Silent Night" disappoints on multiple fronts, with a lack of cohesive storytelling, underdeveloped characters, and uninspired action sequences. While the premise held promise, the execution falls flat, resulting in a film that fails to leave a lasting impression. Viewers are advised to skip this one in favor of more engaging cinematic experiences.
  • johannes2000-1 - 10 April 2024
    After a long wait some nice but over-the-top action
    I always like revenge thrillers, especially the more brutal ones, chockfull of adrenaline-fueled action by a sympathetic, wronged and relentless hero. Well, as far as the action goed, they certainly delivered, although it took almost 50 minutes to come to that point, after a rather tame, on the brink of tedious ouverture.

    But they went totally in overdrive after that: the way Brian (Joel Kinnaman) singlehandedly shoots dozens of heavy armed thugs from out of the window of his racing car, or on a long stairwell going up, amidst showers of bullets, was a tiny bit unrealistic, to put it mildly. As were the actions of the police detective (actor Kid Cudi) who followed him, all alone, without any back-up, although he knew that he would get in the middle of a heavy gang-fight. It was hard to sympathize with main character Brian anyway, the grieve over his dead son was of course relatable, but the way he treated his equally grieving wife was appalling. So my advice: wind on to 50 minutes in the movie, and then enjoy the subsequent violent ride without thinking too much.
  • astrorobert-72660 - 3 March 2024
    Best comeback for the legend John Woo
    I watched the film on Christmas night last year. This film was genuinely amazing, by the unique mostly silence from unbelievably bad dialogs, this film will make you listen to some music while watching, with the actual revenge movie with the closest we can get for a Christmas Special of Max Payne, this film is perfectly good for Christmas, Joel Kidnnaman is the perfect performance for his character. After 20 years of John Woo being silent from Hollywood this is the definition of a comeback for a director, although my only criticism is that Goodlock didn't train more enough but the ending was so sad it was so good. Welcome back John Woo.