Sunday, October 7, 2007

Season 2 Episode 4
“Sounds Like”
Teleplay by
Brad Anderson; based on the short story by Mike O’Driscoll; directed by Brad Anderson

On the heels of season 2’s worst (Ernest Dickerson’s “The V Word”), we move on to its most disturbing, an unnerving exploration of how the loss of a child can damage a parent’s psyche.

Larry Pearce (Chris Bauer, who’s in Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers) is the supervisor at a software company’s tech support call center. Pearce is a husband and father quietly grieving for his dead son. He’s also apparently got hypersensitive hearing, hearing which at first seems to be beneficial to his job, until things begin to spiral out of control.

Having also directed Session 9 and El Maquinista (The Machinist; best known as the film Christian Bale lost 2/3 of his body weight for), it’s apparent that Anderson is fascinated by the psychological effects guilt can have on a person’s mental health. In Pearce’s case, his hearing intensifies to the point where the jerky movements of a fly become deafening noise to his ears.

Among other things, “Sounds Like” is an interesting variation of The Tell-Tale Heart. And though its gore quotient is pretty low compared to some other MoH episodes, Anderson still crafts an unsettling little tale where the scariest thing is how guilt and loss can transform any of us into monsters.

Parting shot: Anderson’s next feature, Transsiberian, is nearly upon us… While we're waiting for it to pull into the station though, you can check out a review of El Maquinista in the Archive.

(Sounds Like DVD cover art courtesy of

(Originally posted 032607.)

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