Ryan Reynolds manages to be both scary and sweet in The Voices, a darkly funny, disarmingly weird horror-comedy about a mentally ill factory worker who embarks upon an accidental killing spree. Egged on by his talking cat, charmingly chipper paranoid schizophrenic Jerry commits some very grisly acts – which is bad news for his co-workers Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick), and long-suffering therapist (Jacki Weaver). That he retains our sympathy amid the gore is largely down to Reynolds’ goofy charm, abetted by the film’s colourfully cartoony look, an in-your-face mix of surrealism and kitsch created by Iranian-born director Marjane Satrapi, best-known for the Oscar-nominated animated feature Persepolis. The sight of severed heads in a fridge is deliciously sick, though it won’t, needless to say, be to all tastes.
Certificate 15. Runtime 101 mins. Director Marjane Satrapi.
The Voices is released on DVD Blu-ray & Steelbook by Arrow Films on Monday 13 July.