The Hum (2015) – By Philip Smolen

George (Greg Thompson) is a 40 something married man who is going through a crisis. He believes his marriage to his wife Nancy (Julie Moss) is crumbling. But no matter how he pleads, she politely informs him that she will not divorce him. George is upset and frustrated, but even worse is the strange hum that he hears. He goes to his doctor, but the physician insists that he can find nothing wrong. As George’s frustration mounts, the hum grows louder and louder in his head and he starts losing his grip on reality. He even begins contemplating murdering Nancy in order to free himself of this horrible condition. But this thought repulses him so he gathers a few meager things and flees to a nearby forest. There George meets several others who hear the hum as well, including the delusional Jonny (a menacing Owen Prevencher) who tells George that the hum is very real and that it has already driven him to murder someone. Alone, terrified and tormented, George tries to understand why he hears the hum and what in his life has to change for it to go away. His greatest fear, however, is that the only way to silence this frightening and alienating sound is by taking another human life.

“The Hum” is a new psychological thriller from F.C. Rabbath Creations and it’s a solid and exciting look at one man’s potential descent into mind-numbing madness. George is a man who seemingly has it all, including a loving wife, a large home and a solid career, but these societal status symbols fail to bring him happiness. Even a torrid love affair with a younger woman (Trisha Carter) fails to bring him the emotional gratification that he desperately needs. But does the hum develop from George’s emotional unhappiness? Or is it an actual physical manifestation of some deadly ailment? Or is it possibly even something more evil?

Writer/director FC Rabbath cleverly drops tantalizing hints about George’s condition throughout the film, and successfully keeps you guessing all the way through. You’re not sure if George is just crazy or if he is really suffering from some debilitating condition and the movie’s finale is both shocking and satisfying. Rabbath also succeeds in developing a tense and foreboding atmosphere that perfectly echoes George’s emerging madness.

The film is further bolstered by a super strong cast.  Greg Thompson is astonishing as George. His portrayal of impending madness is so good that I found my own anxiety level growing just watching him. He is mesmerizing. Julie Moss brings a wonderful sense of disbelief and confusion to Nancy. She is baffled and upset by George’s behavior and his desertion fractures her world. Moss conveys Nancy’s heartache and pain with nuance and depth. Owen Prevencher is frightening as Jonny. He has already gone over to the dark side and his performance reflects that Jonny likes being there.

“The Hum” is a well written and satisfying thriller that successfully keeps you guessing about the main character’s psychological condition until the final few moments. It’s a tense, uneasy and absorbing indie movie.

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