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Sound of Noise

  • Rated R

independent, special interest

A band of renegade musicians decide to perform a musical apocalypse using the city as their orchestra.

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Fresh: A delightful comic cocktail of modern city symphony, police procedural and love story.

- Alissa Simon, Variety, Friday, February 17, 2012

Rotten: Great premise, middling execution.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fresh: "Sound of Noise" is a dry treat - a solid, self-aware cult pleasure.

- David DeWitt, New York Times, Thursday, March 8, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A music-hating, tone deaf detective from a family of musical prodigies tracks down a gang of musical terrorists staging disruptive performances across Stockholm. If David Lynch directed the Swedish cast of STOMP in an action-comedy, I think it would go a little something like this...

- 366weirdmovies, Tuesday, July 31, 2012

3 stars

Essentially, "Sound of Noise" is an average movie blessed with a good gimmick. This Swedish comedy follows two terrorist musicians who recruit four oddball drummers to help perform a city-wide, avant-garde "piece." The renegade composition spans four movements, each set at a different location (the first is an operating room), as the trespassing ensemble exploits onsite tools to craft complex, percussive grooves. In other words, this film is a must-see for "Stomp" fans. The group is pursued by the ironically named Amadeus (Bengt Nilsson), a mousy, insecure detective whose life just happens to have a major musical issue -- his genius brother is a world-renowned conductor, while he himself is frustratingly tone-deaf. His handicap is depicted in a strange, surreal way -- apparently, whenever a neighborhood item is incorporated into the percussion troupe's mischief, he permanently loses the ability to hear it. This storytelling element fails to lead anywhere and isn't as evocative as the filmmakers hope. Another problem is that the pivotal guerrilla performances grow larger and larger in scope yet become less and less interesting as music. If you can't spare the 102 minutes, just look up the musical scenes on YouTube. You won't be missing much.

- fb1142797643, Monday, August 27, 2012

4 stars

Saw this during HIFF in October. It's a French/Swedish import if I remember correctly and it's about musician terrorists. Yes, you read correctly, musical terrorists. While you do have acknowledge and accept the absurdity, it's definitely a fun ride.

- mattspencer3, Tuesday, January 4, 2011