The Night Listener

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Director: Patrick Stettner
Starring: Robin Williams, Toni Collette, Rory Culkin, Sandra Oh
RunTime: 82 mins
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Rating: M18
Will Appeal To: Fans of Toni Collette and Sandra Oh

Toni Collette is one hardworking actress, with 2 of her movies opening this week at Singapore. The cast list of The Night Listener is an interesting one: Robin Williams tackling another serious role (but failed to sizzle), Rory Culkin (brother of the other famous Culkin) and Sandra Oh (Great acting! But unfortunately, another non-substantial stereotyped role.)

Robin Williams plays a radio show host who builds a friendship with his biggest fan, a sick and troubled young boy. All is well until his boyfriend (which explains the M18 rating) points out that the boy may not exist at all.

Based on the international bestseller by Armistead Maupin, The Night Listener is a psychological suspense. It interested me in the first place because of its premise and my job. There are times when there are people calling in who are not who they claim to be. And I am not sure about you, but I had friends with split personalities, behaving very differing in different situations.

The film scores in a non-confrontational way, so do no expect knives, murders in showers or gunshots. Toni Collette is amazing playing the blind mother of Culkin. Sandra Oh is also a darling.

Unfortunately, the film has one of the biggest anti-climax endings, not sure if it is purposeful or the lack of continuation skills from the screenplay. Audience left the theatre in bewilderment. It leaves you hanging, and drops you from there.

The Night Listener – A major anti climax

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