'Hush 2' premiere gets standing ovation
Marcia Rowe, Gleaner Writer
Look out, Hollywood, there is a new kid in town. It is the Barbadian film Hush 2 - End The Silence.
After a successful eight-week run in Barbados, it was Jamaica's turn to experience the Marcia Weekes-penned and directed movie. The red carpet premiere took place on Tuesday at the Palace Cineplex in Liguanea. And what an emotional roller-coaster ride it was for the patrons who were on hand to usher the movie to the Jamaican big screen!
While the original
was about engaging youths to make the right decisions,
is a "call to action" to stop crime and violence, child abuse, living in denial, playing church, and the list goes on. Such were the many tentacles of the movie. And just as some of her directorial decisions are graphic, Weekes has left only few stones unturned that remain like a continuous throbbing on the conscience of its audience.
The movie begins where the first ends, approximately three months before the pregnant 15-year-old high school student, Mickesha (Sophia Thomas) sits her external examinations. But with the introduction of more characters, such as her despicable father Morris (Mark Daniel), her victimised-suicidal half sister Claire (Lesley Cumberbatch) and a complex druggist called Craig, the plot for the sequel takes its audience on a tidal wave of emotions - from Mickesha's success at sitting her examinations to her most terrifying experience.
The characters Troy (Andrew Thornhill), Mickesha's boyfriend, her mother Darlene (Claudette Wadham), her cousin Tanya (Nicola McDonald) and her aunt Angie (Sharon Griffith) returned to propel the story along.
But it is not the transition from one scene to the other, the familiarity of the storyline or the universal nature of the message that has made the melodrama a wonderful movie, but the throwback to a popular story in the Bible, David versus Goliath.
Another plus for
is the noticeable improvement in its cinematography. Not only did the rolling cameras capture the beauty of Barbados' topography and some of its fine architecture, but the different camera angles utilised was done to great effect.
On the other hand, the acting was quite a mixed blessing. Most of the new actors, (thankfully, they had minor roles) were weak in delivery and characterisation. However, Thomas continued with her creditable performance and Wadham, McDonald and Thornhill have shown some improvement. But it was Daniel who gave the best performance of all. So convincing was he in his role as the father that when his character was arrested the audience cheered loudly. When the credits stopped rolling and Weekes entered the stage, she was given a standing ovation.
The language of
is English with a Bajan accent, but there should be no worry about following the dialogue, as wherever the accent becomes a challenge subtitles are provided. The movie will officially open on March 3 at cinemas in Liguanea, Cross Roads and Montego Bay. It is worth seeing.