The Quiet Hour
Director: Stéphanie Joalland
Screenplay: Stéphanie Joalland
Music composed by: Carlos José Alvarez
Producer: Sean McConville
Initial release: July 12, 2014
Reviewed by A. Renee Hunt

Siblings Sarah and Tom are surviving in an alien-invaded world on their family farm, but they’re not alone for long. A stranger soon invades their home, seeking shelter. It’s what follows him that brings the trouble.

The Quiet Hour is not a science fiction movie that focuses on the aliens. In fact, they’re in the backdrop. The story’s emphasis is on the deterioration of humanity. How quickly people turn on one another when they cannot attack the ones who’ve brought them down. Due to this attention, I found appreciation for the movie.

The director had a vision of just a few days in this new existence. Offering a story of family love and a strong will to survive, the movie came through on its promise: an offer of hope. There are three pieces of the movie that together in an extraordinary, apocalyptic war, no one really wins. Such is a dystopian world.

The pace is slow and the acting is not all that great, but the story has potential. Had there been more on the invasion, and less focus on rape and making out with a teenager, the movie could have held some possibility. Also, there was no cameo for the aliens. You saw them suspended in air, and a few smaller ships scouting, but no actual visual. That’s the disappointing part. If there’s an alien invasion, you have to have aliens. There was one moment, near the end, where you got to see one of the scout ships much closer; there’s that one tidbit.

The Quiet Hour, released July of 2014, could have been much more, but I’ve seen worse.

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