Follows one man's potential descent
into mind-numbing madness from a low humming noise. George is a man who seemingly has it all, but these societal status symbols fail to bring him happiness. Is the hum real?
Written By: F.C. Rabbath
Directed By: F.C. Rabbath
Ever get a ringing in your ears? How about a never ending hum? I can imagine the never ending drone in ones head would be enough to make a person go insane, much like a dripping tap when you're trying to sleep... although I think that would pale in comparison. F.C. Rabbath's film "The Hum" takes this premise and runs with it as you, the viewer watch and wonder how you would react to a never ending noise in your head. In the end, although not stamped in stone, the film attempts to explain the "sound" and personally, i think that's the one part of the movie that should have been left to the imagination; even if it's only an implication presented by a few lines of dialog at the finish. In essence however, "The Hum" is a brooding thriller peppered with some mental "what-if's" and a dash of horror, all for your viewing pleasure.
On the technical front, "The Hum" offers a more-or-less great experience. We have some beautiful compositions and a slick, polished edit. Nothing fast or overly fancy, just straight to the point, "compliment the story" lensing. That's not saying "The Hum" doesn't feature some complicated camera work, rather that the camera work is only fancy when needed. This really moves along a story that could have went either way, but ends up hitting the mark nicely. My only small beef was with a few stylistically placed soft shots. At least three times, I found myself thinking about the blurred image, and not the scene itself. Small and meaningless issues when you consider this is a feature film.The audio of "The Hum" is fantastic! I always love writing that in regards to indie film. Clean, well recorded and beautifully mixed. Listening to "The Hum" will bring a smile to your face, as it did mine. Overall, the entire post process was done really well. The colors, editing and audio all meshed well and bring you the complete film experience. I would also like to touch up on the acting itself. I can't think of any bad performances from any of the cast. Even in the supporting roles! They've all done a wonderful job and in the world of independent film, that's always a huge plus.
In the end we have a solid film that easily earns it's stars. Nothing groundbreaking, or that we've never seen before, rather a straight laced thriller that does one simple thing. Entertains. You won't be going to bed with this film on your mind (or maybe you will?), but you will enjoy the time you spend with it. "The Hum" easily skirts the image of the "Indie Production" and it's one to take a closer look at when you get the chance.
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