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Hush - William Ash, Christine Bottomley, Andreas Wisniewski, Mark Tonderai

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Tired and irritable, Zakes Abbott (William Ash) is driving home late at night along the motorway, his girlfriend, Beth (Christine Bottomley), asleep beside him. Failing to spot his exit he cuts off a white truck and, for a brief shocking moment, the tailgate flips up revealing a woman bound and bloodied in the back. But before there is time for a second look, the door is slammed shut and Zakes is left bewildered and wondering if what he saw was real.

Later at a service station, Zakes' fears grow when Beth goes missing, and as he begins a frantic search, he is enticed into a deadly game of cat and mouse on the deserted motorway. But being the sole witness to the earlier scene, how does he convince others of his desperate need for help? Playing on our most primal fears, this taut suspense thriller challenges a world where we constantly turn responsibility over to someone else and asks the question: what do you do when there is no one else there?

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film thriller road trip mystery crime murder truck girlfriend kidnap

Persons of interest

  • William Ash .... Zakes Abbot
  • Christine Bottomley .... Beth
  • Andreas Wisniewski .... The Tarman
  • Claire Keelan .... Wendy
  • Stuart McQuarrie .... Thorpe
  • Robbie Gee .... Chimponda
  • Peter Wyatt .... Mr Coates
  • Sheila Reid .... Mrs Coates
  • Shaun Dingwall .... PC Mitchall
  • Rupert Procter .... Dad
  • Carol Allen .... Mum
  • Harry Mondryk .... Dash
  • Tobias Adams-Heighway .... Drummer Boy
  • Dasiy Mondryk .... Girl
  • Allison Saxton .... Woman in Loo
  • Janet Greenwood .... Cleaner
  • Sade Stewart .... Shop Assistant
  • Mark Tonderai .... Screenwriter
  • Mark Tonderai .... Director

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Theatrical report

Slow. The film is very slow, but finally starts to pick up pace, and tension building towards the end. What killed the film for me was that when it was all over, we didn't know the motive for the killer/s kidnapping woman and keeping them captive. It was more of a suspenseful thriller, minus the suspense, but filled with tension builders for a few "jumps" here and there. The mood and dramatic relationship between the couple wasn't successful in reeling us in, the mood especially not immediately setting us up like it should. The open ending was disappointing, as it would've happened quite a while after the events because a lead character has published a book about "that night". Apart from the main killer, there was two other that I never quite got their roles, because they were in one (maybe two) scenes in the movie.

The plot is occasionally original, but so many films in the past have that "middle-of-nowhere" setting where women are being held captive, and this is no exception. It got quite irritating to watch scenes unfold that the characters in the story could've easily avoided. I know that would make the whole film pointless, but with no motive (that the audience is aware of), I do think it's pointless. A major plot hole is that a lead character's cars tyres have been slashed, so he steals another woman's car, but when he ends up back at his car, it drives perfectly.

The acting was watchable, but nothing to brag about. UK people (no offence to them) all sound the same, and sometimes it's even hard to understand what they are saying. Will Ash played the hero, going against all odds for his girlfriend Beth (Christine Bottomley), who is no Kate Winslet. They both were mediocre in making their relationship seem faulty, and both were terrible at being likeable.

Overall Hush is a motiveless thriller, with a few "jump" scenes, but ultimately fails in keeping you interested and enthralled.

The thriller movie Hush is directed by Mark Tonderai and stars William Ash, Christine Bottomley, Andreas Wisniewski.

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  • Languages: English
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    • Trailers: Theatrical

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong sexual violence, coarse language and sexual references)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 15 July 2009

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