Silent House

July 17, 2012


Silent House

Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) is a young woman who's helping her dad, John (Adam Trese), and uncle, Peter (Eric Sheffer Stevens), clean out their abandoned and long-shuttered summer lake house. The windows have been boarded up and extra locks are on the doors to keep out vandals and squatters, and the three must work by flashlight and other such lighting sources as the power has been turned off as have the phones. It's been years since Sarah visited the place and thus she can't seem to remember Sophia (Julia Taylor Ross) who stops by for a visit, commenting on their shared childhood together. They agree to get together later that night, but when Sarah goes back inside, strange things start occurring. With Peter away for a while, Sarah has her dad explore the house for the potential source of odd sounds she's heard. John ends up badly injured, and from that point on, things quickly go downhill as Sarah ends up by herself with one or more strangers seemingly being in the house, with her locked in and repeatedly having to hide from them.

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I personally 'realize' the directors; Chris Kentis and Laura Lau from "Open Water" and now they're heading back right from the sharks to one -let's just say haunted house. Inspired by an Uruguayan movie, Silent House follows Sarah right from the beginning to the end in one scratchless take (known as Gimmick, and that's what make this movie interesting), following Sarah's every move and expression. Man, this movie is probably the far worst movie I've ever seen. I don't know what they're planning on the extreme close-up under a lantern, highlighting Sarah's ridiculously expressive face and cleavage (yes, her cleavage under that low cut shirt, even IMDb wrote "cleavage" on its keyword). All of the events seem illogical to me, like Sarah just panicking and screaming with no exact reason. The plot is confusing, moreover with shaky-then-turns-into-pitch-dark frames. I shouted (big times) "Don't fucking go in there!" "What the fuck are you doing exactly?!" "What are they not telling her?!" "What the fuck is going on there?!" and most importantly, right after the twist and the ending, "WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS MOVIE ABOUT?!" No kidding, I don't see what the point is. It's like all of those are hoax. I can't get the storyline, the idea, the characters, the climax, the point, whatever you call it. And miss Elizabeth Olsen, another pretty face. I don't see any plus in her (except that cleavage she keeps showing us around). Well, bad storyline, bad directing, bad actors&actresses, worst plot, bad script, bad editing, all bad, ALL BAD. Do not watch this movie if you don't want to curse at something and/someone right after.

 

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