Mario is haunted by psychic visions of a grisly murder but doesn't know when it's going to happen, if it hasn't already, or who the people are. By happenstance, he runs into Gabrielle, another psychic, and while she spends her time helping Mario try to find the inner peace he so desperately seeks. He decides that he has to do whatever he can to save this would-be victim in his premonitions.
In this supposed neo-noir thriller we follow around Mario, a perpetually inebriated young man who seems to be looking for answers and trying to find God in hopes to find peace. He is constantly plagued with visions of blood, death, and murder. Never understanding who these people are that he sees or why he does; he keeps himself withdrawn and isolated. That is until he meets Gabrielle, a woman who's easy on the eyes and also claims to have psychic visions as well and wants to help Mario come to terms with his ability and understand what he sees. However Mario's desire to save this nameless victim that he keeps seeing will lead him into a tangled web of deceit, money, revenge, and death.
"Let Me Die Quietly" has all the right ingredients to make a neo-noir thriller, and I will say the writing for it was quite good. Sadly though, the movie wasn't able to pull it off. In fact the movie had me doing a lot of clock watching as it became dull pretty quickly. It's apparent that the movie was intended to be a slow-burner, and I can appreciate that. In order for that to work, however, you need two things to happen: one, something to hook you in the beginning that'll keep you going. Two, you need a satisfying conclusion to make that wait worth while. "Let Me Die Quietly" never manages to pull either of those two key factors off which made it a fairly boring movie.
It's one of those things that pains me to say because the movie had a lot of potential to be good or something amazing. Yes, we see lots of flashing segments of a murder occurring but there's nothing that ever gets its claws into and keeps you watching to see the payoff. Overall, a majority of the movie boils down to talking heads that sometimes have relevant discussions, other times, needless self-indulgent philosophical tangents. Not only was there nothing that occurred that would make you want to see the murder being solved. You also don't ever have a reason to care for any of the characters or what may become of them. The characters, especially Mario, are far from simplistic, but like the story, there's nothing to grab the audiences' attention. There's no connection between us and them. You become stuck watching a movie where you don't care about the characters and you don't have an interest in the resolution, which may be a good thing since when the movie finally reaches its boiling point. The conclusion is anything but satisfactory and ends on a rather limp note.
There isn't much to talk about with "Let Me Die Quietly" because not much really occurs. I'd say the writing is there, or at least wants to be there, as there was an interesting story buried amongst the needless dialogue exchanges and lack of energy. As I said, the movie really comes down to scene after scene of talking heads - there's really nothing engaging or anything to get into. Technically it had a decent execution outside the music and sound effects drowning out the softly spoken actors, and the less than desirable slow pace. It is unfortunate since there was a lot of potential for "Let Me Die Quietly", but like a slacker, it never does anything with itself.