Film Review: Silent Murders (2023) by Amit Dubey

An enjoyable if slightly problematic Cambodian crime thriller.

After receiving a horrifying phone call, Mia (Emily Markiss) is devastated to learn of her brother’s passing while living in Cambodia and rushes over to see his remains. Meeting up with his friend Sam (Evan Heiser), they soon uncover he was part of a ring of similar incidents around the city in the past few years, and decide to look into it. Initially suspecting a low-life criminal that was hanging around him in the brief bits leading up to his death, the more they dig into the incident, they find that there’s more to the story than they expect and must wade through a deeper underworld in the Cambodian criminal hierarchy that they expected.

Frankly, “Silent Murders” is a decent if overall unremarkable genre effort. What works nicely for the film is writer/director Dubey’s storyline which includes some intriguing ideas. The main setup here of Mia looking into the incidents surrounding her brother’s death in a foreign city and coming into contact with the forces that killed him is a cliched but workable feature at play. This brings about the multicultural cast rather organically as the differences in how she approaches the everyday life of the city compared to the locals with this fish-out-of-water scenario works in the film’s favor. The naive nature of Mia’s behavior while working through the ranks of the city’s underworld and realizing that she’s over her head with how dangerous and vicious they can be is a generally solid setup.

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