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‘Silo’ review: Tight thriller in rural America

Come together.

Silo is one of the most interesting ideas for a thriller in quite a while. The premise takes a fairly common scene from horror and turns it into an entire film. Cody Rose (Jack DiFalco) is a teenager who falls into a grain silo. This quicksand effect means Cody’s life is in danger if he is not rescued quickly. The town must set aside their differences to prevent the worst case scenario. 

Much of the film takes place on the farm. This adds to the claustrophobic feel. Not only is there nowhere for Cody to go, the audience is also kept in confined spaces. Cinema loves to romanticize farm life. Silo treats it with respect, while also including a healthy dose of fear. 

Obviously, saving a life is prime focus of the characters. The main theme of the movie is community, however. There are plenty of bad feelings and mistrust among the group. The plot questions whether they can put their differences aside.

This means there is a lot of sitting around and waiting. Many movies will use exposition dumps to to fill this space out. Silo also employs this tactic to progress the plot. Some of it is can be unnecessarily dramatic (the bits about Cody’s father stand out in a bad way), but it works for the most part. 

Silo delves into the thoughts and personalities of its characters. There is no need to question motivations or wonder why there is friction between certain people. It is a well crafted story that will have audiences on edge the entire time.

Silo opens in theaters and virtual cinemas May 7

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