The first thing worth noting about the indie horror film The God Inside My Ear is that it’s quite an ambitious film that gets a lot right, and is overall worth seeing. But it’s also one that may have a couple of problems.
The movie stars newcomer Linnea Gregg as Elizia, a young woman whose life starts to fall apart when her boyfriend Fred (Joseph Estrade) breaks up with her to join a religious cult of some sort. But it all gets even worse for her when she starts to suspect someone is out to get her.
Gregg does an impressive job in the lead role, particularly so considering it’s her first major film role and one where she largely has to carry the film.
Elizia’s sudden breakup leaves her with very little in her life and causes her to fall into a state of depression. And Gregg excels at conveying the range of emotions her character goes through including paranoia, fear and especially confusion.
The God Inside My Ear is, among other things, a stylistic film. Writer/director Joe Badon immediately sucks you into the movie with some well-filmed shots that draw you in and leave you wanting to know more. The cinematography, lighting and editing in this movie are all superb.
There are a number of clever stylistic choices here. For instance, in a few scenes that feature Elizia being fearful for her life, Badon makes the choice to use jump cuts to add a certain level of suspense to these moments. It leaves the viewer feeling as scrambled as our protagonist.
The story here is pretty intense and keeps the viewer’s attention in the sense that you will want to know what’s happening to Elizia. The film concludes with a twist ending that is mostly effective, but may leave you wondering if the film had some plot holes.
I’m honestly not totally sure if the ending really made complete sense when you think about everything that came before.
Now just to be clear, I will be the first to admit that maybe I just didn’t understand it. But after watching the film twice and thinking about it a lot, some story elements just don’t seem to add up.
But once again, despite its issues, this is definitely a film that I can recommend people seek out. It’s currently screening at film festivals. I think Joe Badon has a bright future ahead of him as a filmmaker.