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‘Silent Night’ review: British crime flick checks off all the right predictable boxes

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It is important to set proper expectations when going in to see a movie. Silent Night is a 2021 crime thriller that has nothing to do with the cult horror franchise. The movie is about a recently released prisoner named Mark (Bradley Taylor) who wants to spend Christmas with his daughter. Instead, he finds himself dragged back into a life of crime.

Aesthetically, things looks great. Set in the seedier parts of London, Director Will Thorne gives his movie an appropriately grey look. Things may be set during Christmas, but it is hard to tell from the look of it. (This changes during the third act.) The performances are also strong. The film mixes violence and comedy well. The cast play off each other seamlessly and most of Silent Night’s elements come together

The big reveal invites a rewatch.

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The story negatively impacts Silent Night. All the good is almost undone by the formulaic writing. Many of the expected moments – including a major twist – are there. It definitely makes things less intriguing. Despite these flaws, the film is able to remain entertaining. Things may be predictable but it does not stop them from being enjoyable. Silent Night sets the expected tone for a gangster movie and will keep audiences engaged. This is especially true of Silent Night’s final moments. The big reveal actually invites a rewatch. Audiences will want to go back to see if they missed any clues.

Ultimately, the film is wholly unoriginal but well produced and well acted. Silent Night will definitely impress fans of gangster movies. Anyone looking for something new will be unimpressed, however. The movie does enough to be enjoyable, but will remain unmemorable.

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