Coming soon to VOD on February 19th, Dead Air stars it writer and director, Vicky and Kevin Hicks. Dead Air is a pretty good movie with a clear cut story. After a man loses his wife, he digs more into his past to confront his secrets all while communicating with a new friend via HAM radio.

A Breath of Fresh Air

The plot itself won’t blow you out of the water, but the little details in the story made me smile. For example, William, our main character has a job that isn’t lawyer, insurance, doctor, or whatever the usual suspects are.

As the plot advanced, the story becomes more and more obvious and then BAM! The end still managed to surprise me and felt natural.

Dead air let's you unpack the past

Also, hail to the shrink! I love the way the movie handled mental health. The story doesn’t quite center around it, but what they show of it is 100% positive and not weirdly stigmatizing mental illness while trying to showcase it’s importance.

Good Characters

I liked the characters. They got along well and were interesting and distinguishable. For the most part the dialogue was natural and when it wasn’t, it drove the plot forward.

I don’t know if this was intentional, but the film really taps into feelings of loneliness and isolation (coughCovidcough). Considering the depressing subject manner, it worked in the movie’s favor. We can easily connect with the characters.

Dead air uses HAM radios

Dead Air Issues

I wish they cut down some scenes with Eva and focused more on Will’s relationship with the daughters. What’s there is good, but I wanted more.

So many scenes were close up face shots. I wanted to take in the backgrounds and learn about the people via their dwelling! Obviously it would of helped with a bit aesthetic diversity. I for one appreciate that stuff.

Not Horror

Dead Air is character driven

I don’t know why the movie is being marketed as a horror movie. Call it a mystery/thriller because nothing about this story is horror. The last 15 minutes of the movie hold the most tension but nothing I would say pushes it to horror because what stakes are there? What threat is there? And without spoiling it, I mean in the grand scheme of things.

The movie trailer is edited in such a way to make the movie seem like it carries more of a sense of dread. Personally, I think it’s a bad move that will alienate people going into the movie expecting that. Dead Air is emotion and character driven and as such the pace is a bit slow. Waiting for the horror makes it slower.

Conclusion

I liked the movie. If they made a sequel, I’d watch it, but it’s definitely not a horror movie.

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
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