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Alex McAulay
Jack Dylan Grazer, Fionn Whitehead, Rainn Wilson
Writing Credits:
Alex McAulay

After two teenage brothers steal money to help their sick mom, they match wits with a troubled security guard stuck at the bottom of a forgotten well.

Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 83 min.
Price: $24.99
Release Date: 3/16/2021

• “Flesh and Blood” Featurette


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Don't Tell a Soul [Blu-Ray] (2020)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (March 3, 2021)

Across more than 20 years as an actor, Rainn Wilson became best-known for comedies, especially via his role as Dwight on the US version of The Office. With 2020’s Don’t Tell a Soul, Wilson branches out into a dark thriller.

When single mother Carol (Mena Suvari) becomes severely ill with cancer, her teen sons Matt (Fionn Whitehead) and Joey (Jack Dylan Grazer) try to help financially. Unfortunately, they lack legal means to generate funds, so instead they decide to pilfer money from a home briefly left empty for fumigation.

As they attempt this larcenous endeavor, security guard Hamby (Wilson) gives chase and eventually winds up trapped in a well. This launches a cat and mouse game where Hamby begs for his life but also holds some cards of his own that might threaten the teens.

I appreciate the simplicity of Soul’s basic plot, and the movie occasionally veers down some intriguing avenues. However, it can feel a bit too predictable at times, and it doesn’t quite live up to its potential along the way.

Most of the unsurprising twists relate to Hamby, as he develops in a way that the movie paints as nearly inevitable. To avoid spoilers, I won’t reveal these curveballs, but the film sets them up in such a ham-handed way that they lack the desired shock value when the story reveals them to us.

Still, Soul delivers reasonable tension, and it does provide a sibling relationship that I didn’t anticipate before I started to watch the film. I assumed that the movie would paint both brothers as good eggs, but instead, it portrays Matt as an angry sociopath.

This adds an unanticipated edge to Soul and helps create drama along the way. While I figured the movie would focus on the boys vs. Hamby, it develops more into a brother vs. brother battle, and that gives it some juice.

The actors do well in their roles as well. Wilson seems convincing as the guy with a secret, and Grazer offers an ingratiating take on the nice brother.

All of these factors mean Soul offers a wholly watchable tale, but some of those predictable elements knock it down a few points. Still, it keeps us with it, and at a tight 83 minutes, it never wears out its welcome, so my feelings toward the movie remain mostly positive.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus C-

Don’t Tell a Soul appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The film boasted fine visuals.

Sharpness worked well. While the occasional wide shot betrayed a sliver of softness, the majority of material appeared accurate and concise.

No issues with moiré effects or jaggies occurred, and I saw neither edge haloes nor source flaws.

The movie favored a standard teal/amber palette. Within the stylistic constraints, the Blu-ray reproduced the colors in a favorable manner.

Blacks came across as deep and dense, while shadows appeared smooth and well-developed. The movie offered pleasing picture quality.

Also good, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio also satisfied. Music showed nice stereo presence, while effects added immersive material.

The occasional “action” sequences boasted fine use of the side and rear speakers, all of which brought us into the story well. Much of the film opted for general atmosphere, and those moments provided nice immersion.

Audio quality seemed strong. Music was full and rich, while dialogue seemed natural and distinctive.

A featurette called Flesh and Blood runs 21 minutes, 24 seconds and brings notes from writer director Alex McAulay, producers Chris Mangano and Merry-Kay Poe, and actors Rainn Wilson, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Mena Suvari.

“Blood” looks at the project’s path to the screen, story and characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, photography and production design, editing, audio and music. “Blood” leans a little too heavily on happy talk, but it still becomes a decent view of the film’s creation.

At times Don’t Tell a Soul threatens to develop into a compelling thriller. However, it follows a few too many trite paths to become anything better than average. The Blu-ray brings very good picture and audio along with a decent featurette. This turns into a watchable flick but nothing especially memorable.

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