Cicada Song is an award-winning Indie film that everyone needs to watch. Not only is it a fantastic thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat, it brings to light many social issues that the world is dealing with right now.
One of my favorite genres of movies is thriller. I love being on the edge of my seat just trying to guess what is going to happen next. And that is exactly how I felt the whole time I was watching Cicada Song. Within ten minutes I knew exactly why this was an award-winning movie. I became so invested in the story and in the characters that I couldn’t stop watching.
Cicada Song made me feel all sorts of emotions. I shed some tears and I also got really, REALLY mad and yelled at my TV screen (more than once). I was sucked in almost instantly and I bet you will be too. This movie is really, really deep. And touches on so many important things. But it isn’t too complex and hard to follow, which it easily could have been with this much going on. That is a testament to the writer/director, and of course, the editing team. They certainly knew what they were doing.
Don’t worry, the rest of my review for Cicada Song will be fairly spoiler free. I promise I am not going to mention any major plot points or spoilers, however, if you want to go in completely blind come back and read this after you have watched it. And go watch it now. Trust me.
Homophobia comes up in Cicada Song several times, and it never gets easier to watch. The way these women are treated, just because they love each other, is ridiculous. Unfortunately, members of the LGBTQ community are treated like this on a daily basis. To have condoms thrown at them, and be called derogatory names, is just awful. And hard to watch. At one point the main character Karen’s father doesn’t even want to talk to her. Saying that she betrayed her family and God by being who she is.
Deportation & Racism
Cicada Song brings to light that there are crimes that are not reported because someone is afraid to be deported. It is so sad that this is not something that was done just to make this movie, and is something that families struggle with every day. To see what these migrant workers go through in this movie, and know they do in real life as well, is heartbreaking. Can you imagine losing a child and not being able to report it because you are afraid to be deported? I certainly can’t.
My husband grew up on a farm. In fact, his family still farms. So I have heard first hand about the struggles. Cicada Song takes that to a whole new level. Farmers are hurting. Farmers are losing their income. This is true all over the country. And to think that somewhere, there might be farmers that are willing to do whatever it takes to keep their business running is a little bit scary. But also, just might ring true.
Cicada Song is a movie that I think everyone should see. Not only is it a thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last few minutes, it shows the struggles that people are going through in this country every day. So hopefully you come out of it wanting to help your fellow people.
Sure it is impossible to fix everything, but every little but helps doesn’t it? Just spreading awareness of these issues is a starting point. I love that the messages of this film don’t take away from the mystery part of it, and the mystery part doesn’t take away from the social issues. It is all tied together perfectly.
There is a purpose to Cicada Song — a REAL purpose. And this movie deserves to be watched.
About Cicada Song
Karen, left for dead in the wilderness, struggles to survive after uncovering a dark secret about the people in her Middle America hometown while searching for her missing Latina lover.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.