Elisha Cuthbert's performance is the only reason making "THE QUIET" worth watching. While the concept, and especially the trailer, suggests great possibilities, the film fails as a thriller, and its sexual energy, while plentiful, isn't enough to help the film rise above a mediocre exploitation film, disguised as an art-house indie. It's frustrating to find that Director Jamie Babbit, so capable at depicting teen anguish and culture in the great tv series, "POPULAR", succumbs to complete mediocrity throughout "THE QUIET".
Following the death of her father, a deaf-mute, Dot, moves into the Deer Household, a seemingly terrific family. Both parents are attractive, successful professionals. The daughter, Nina(Cuthbert) is a beautiful, popular cheerleader. But, almost immediately upon moving in, DOT uncovers dark secrets affecting the family dynamic. An incestuous relationship between father and daughter brings about a major showdown, or at least that's what viewers expect, but when the film finally ends, most will be left scratching their heads, as what happens is so poorly thought out that it is in no way believable and actually diminishes the whole film.
As already mentioned, there are some moments, all with Cuthbert, which at least succeed in providing titillation, but everything else about the film is disappointing. It's really self-indulgent without any payoff whatsoever.
SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. The image is extremely impressive. Colors are solid, though intentionally restrained. Scenes are highly stylized but veer towards being under-lit. Grain is never a problem and detail is excellent, even in the darkest moments. An impressive transfer.
SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While not an aggressive mix, there are plenty of discrete and panning effects in key scenes. Music is utilized through all speakers throughout the film. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
SONY has provided ample extras for this release. There are several featurettes, offering behind-the-scenes moments and insight into the set design, casting and technical aspects.