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Sound of My Voice: Let’s Document a Cult!

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club, we watched the psychological thriller Sound of My Voice.



DIRECTED: Zal Batmanglij

STARRING: Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Brit Marling

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States

SoundOfMyVoiceThe film begins with us watching a 20-something couple following written instructions, drive into a garage, where they are told to shower, dress in white clothes, then are blind-folded, cuffed and led into a van then driven to an undisclosed location. There they are greeted by Klaus, who tests them via their ability to repeat an extremely complex secret handshake. It is there we are introduced to Maggie Brit Marling who claims to be a time traveler from the year 2054. We watch as our couple Peter and Lorna, now alone back in their own home, reveal the true motivation is not to join the Cult but to act as documentary filmmakers determined convinced Maggie is just one more cult leader and a fraud.

Coming recommended from a psychological thriller fan, I wasn’t exactly sure what Sound of My Voice was going to be. I was pleasantly surprised though, as I had a thrilling adventure waiting for me. The main cast nailed their performances, syncing up with the characters with much ease. I just want them to make more so I can have all of my questions answered. If you are looking for a film that is completely open ended and left up to you to over analyze and come up with ridiculous theories, Sound of My Voice is perfect for you.


Sound of My Voice is definitely an intriguing premise, although it ultimately falls short. I know that it is supposed to be the first entry in an unknown trilogy, so I wasn’t surprised with the outcome. It cuts the motor just to soon, barely giving us a taste of Maggie’s fascinating yet familiar world. Why would you do this to us Zal Batmanglij? Can you hurry up and make the rest of the trilogy already.


  • Interesting world.
  • Main cast performances.
  • Direction.
  • Deeper level of thought.


  • Too open ended.
  • Drops the ball on multiple stories.
  • Left me disappointed.

SCORE: 6.8 / 10

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Brandon Stuhr

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