'The Voices' Trailer & Poster: Ryan Reynolds Kills Because His Pets Tell Him To

Monday, 12 January 2015 09:43 Written by  iamrogue
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'The Voices' Trailer & Poster: Ryan Reynolds Kills Because His Pets Tell Him To

The Voices is about a guy who kills at least a few people because his cat and dog tell him to.  It's a comedy.  A dark comedy, obviously, but a comedy.

Based on all the praise from last year's Sundance Film Festival, the movie features one hell of a performance from Ryan Reynolds.

In fact, it's not a performance, it's performances.  Reynolds stars as Jerry Hickfang, an awkward weirdo at a small-town bathtub factory.  He also provides the voices of Jerry's pets, the cartoonishly accented Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, an evil cat and a benevolent dog. 

When he's spurned by a co-worker, Jerry is compelling to some dark criminal acts, which he then hides from his psychologist.  As another co-worker actually develops feelings for Jerry, he has to hope he can shut out the voice of Mr. Whiskers before she meets a similarly gruesome fate at his hands.

Anna Kendrick plays the second co-worker, with Gemma Arterton as the first and Jacki Weaver as Hickfang's shrink.  Based on this trailer, they're all doing strong work and handling the tricky tone, but The Voices is clearly Reynolds's movie.  And that's a weird relief.  After years of not quite managing to become an A-list leading man in misfiring blockbusters, the time has never been righter for Reynolds to remind everyone that he can actually act and he's got the chutzpah for risky material.

Looks like it could be something special, right?  The reviews from Sundance last year promise that The Voices is indeed something special. 

Even with strong reviews and a sterling cast, though, this was never going to be an easy sell commercially.  Nonetheless, The Voices is getting a theatrical release on the very same day that will be available on VOD, this February 6th.

Somewhat surprisingly, the film is directed by Marjane Satrapi, who made her outstanding autobiographical graphic novel into a fantastic movie with 2007's Persepolis.  That tricky balancing act must've honed her ability to handle tonal shifts and keep the comedy humming along despite some very, very heavy happenings.

A poster, courtesy of Coming Soon pairs nicely with the trailer, so give it a look below:

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