Written by Michael R. Perry
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver
When Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is released from an institution, and put in a real world situation, he gets a position at Milton bathroom fixture manufacturing plant. He has a thing for one of his co-workers, Fiona, and accidentally kills her. Jerry doesn’t tell his shrink, but she asks if he’s taking his medications. Taking them when he gets home, reality kicks in and he sees the heinous aftermath of murder. Fiona’s head tells him the medication makes things ugly, so he flushes the pills. Everything returns to “normal.”
Fiona tells him how lonely she is in the fridge. Bosco his dog advises him to stop, while Mr. Whiskers the cat suggests killing deliberately to feel better. Jerry kills Lisa, from accounting, after she discovers the dreadful scene and finds he must kill Alison when she arrives.
Confessing to his therapist, he takes her out on a deserted road, tied with tape. The doctor tells him hearing voices is normal for some people, but he must argue with them, rather than do everything they say. Jerry takes her home and the cops show up. Escaping through the ducts to the bowling alley below, he accidentally breaks a gas line that explodes upstairs. Trapped in a smoke filled bowling alley, Bosco and Mr. Whiskers argue about whether he should continue running or lay down and die.
In the end, surrounded by a white background, his pets agree he made the right decision. Jerry arrives in blue suede shoes, donning a matching polyester outfit. His parents and the three women he’s killed, dressed in pink and orange hip outfits are there. Finally Jesus shows and they all do a final singing and dancing number together.
While some people enjoyed Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction, the majority of the audience has a special flavor for film – The Voices fits within that realm of absurdity and morbidity for those who find death fun.
Both Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick’s efforts should have been used in a film to propel them higher, rather than take a break with this bizarre ridiculous lunacy. All-in-all this film receives a 4 out of 10 stars, but that’s only because of the acting. They should keep The Voices quiet.