I love a good cult movie — and I am not talking about a movie that has a cult following. I am talking about a movie about a crazy cult. That’s why I put my stamp of approval of Sound of My Voice before I even saw it.
Actually, ever since I chatted with Brit Marling about Another Earth, I kind of fell in love with her. So anything she does I am going to support! She, along with director Zal Batmanglij co-wrote this movie about a couple (Christopher Denham and Nicole Vicius who infiltrates a cult led by a woman who claims she is from the future and can lead them to salvation. The couple aims to make a documentary about this loopy cult and will do it by any means necessary. The dude even swallows a transmitter in order to get footage of the crazy stuff. Now that’s journalism!
Both of Marling’s films, took a bow at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Of the two, Sound of My Voice is the strongest. Mainly because, as mentioned, I am obsessed with cults. I am not insinuating that I want to join a cult (unless it involves Joss Whedon or Funyuns), I am just fascinated with how and why cults get made. More than that, I love observing the characters in cult movies just because they live in such a different reality — and they just do some crazy shit! Bottom line is that I like movies that make me feel more uncomfortable than I am on a daily basis.
Nonetheless, Sound of My Voice goes beyond the confines of a cult movie. The element of time travel makes it more of a sci-fi movie much like Another Earth. The movie is also a vehicle that could possibly move Marling up the totem pole of indie queens. Her portrayal of Maggie (the time-traveling cult leader) is haunting, naive and weird enough to make you want to take a tour of her brain.
Other than the blatant eeriness of the film, there are three things that I certainly enjoyed:
1.) The group vomit scene. (It’s quite funny and gross!)
2.) The revival of “Dreams” by the Cranberries.
3.) The secret handshake!
There are some parts in the movie that had me asking, “Am I supposed to take this seriously?” (see: group vomit scene). At other times I was genuinely intrigued and invested. I came to the conclusion that my conflicting thoughts are the whole point of the film: what you choose to believe is totally up to you. And I choose to believe that Brit Marling is pretty damn talented. If she started a cult, I would so join! (just joking…kind of.)
Sound of My Voice is currently playing in select theaters