The Hum – An atmospheric descent into madness
Written and directed by: F.C. Rabbath
George (Thompson) is a man on the brink. He is deeply unhappy in his marriage, doesn’t feel much better about work, and worst of all he has this damn hum in his head that he cannot understand or get rid of. Slowly, the stress (not to mention the sleep deprivation) start to drive him to increasingly worse decisions and behavior.
After his wife Nancy (Moss) denies him the divorce he wants, things REALLY start to get bad. George even gets to the point where he is considering murder, until he discovers (or so he thinks) that he is the one with the target on his back. He flees into the woods, and meets a group of others who hear the hum and are hiding from society. Group leader Jonny (a creepily fun Owen Provencher) is a bit on the insane side and only makes life worse for George. Is the hum going to destroy George’s life or does he only need to fix his life to make the hum go away?
This is a low budget ($3,000) indie film to be sure, but a very well-executed one. Every cent is visible on screen. The acting is solid (Thompson does a very good job at portrayin the slow decay of one’s mental state) but I felt that the atmosphere, created by the strong camera work and the wonderful score, was the star of the film. There are multiple shots that greatly enhance the vibe of the film and really help the audience get in tune with George’s slipping grasp on his own psyche. I also love the unanswered question at the end (I won’t spoil it here).
As a cinephile, I immensely enjoy watching well crafted labors of love. “The Hum” is surely an example of that. Is it perfect? No, but it is very unique and enjoyable. If you, like me, are a Vimeo user check it out! You won’t be sorry.