Ford has come a long way since his debut drama, ‘A Single Man’, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.
Nocturnal Animals is a dark noir thriller that holds no punches. It follows three interwoven stories: Susan (Amy Adams), in present day Los Angeles, the events of the novel she’s reading, and her reminiscences of her relationship with her first husband, the author of her Novel, played by (Jake Gyllenhall).
The film is a tour de force of noir cinema. Ford has managed to create a world where its inhabitants live on tension and feed off suspense. The characters are gritty and terrifying, and say more with one look than with any spoken dialogue. The film has been cut together like an exquisite jigsaw with each piece being placed precisely, complimenting the next. The camera angles which echo reflections of classic Noir cinema accompanied by the subtle but imposing use of sound that grips you from the film’s opening scene to its final moment, make Nocturnal Animals one of the most exhilarating, breath taking, thrillers of not only the year, but quite possibly the decade. It’s safe to say that this Lynchian thriller will keep you up at night.
Sound was an essential aspect of Nocturnal Animals. The film is built on tension and the sound design is most certainly the foundation. The film is littered with slow boiling scenes accompanied by subtle nuanced sound design that creeps up on you like a brooding serial killer filling you with fear before the penultimate reveal which often leaves your heart in your mouth. These moments reinforce the ongoing argument of how crucial sound design is to the quality of cinema, especially to the horror/thriller genre.
Hyperactive Broadcast supplied the ‘Nocturnal Animals’ production with a full Avid Pro Tools suite which was essential in amplifying the atmosphere of the film and ensuring that everything from gun shots to pin drops where heard on screen.