No, this is not a silent movie quickly released to take advantage of
the popularity of The Artist. However, it is a movie that will
leave the audience silent. No applause. No screaming. No cheering.
Maybe some jeering?
Filmed in real time (capturing these 82 minutes of her life on film,
but not like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian did), Elizabeth "Not One Of
The Twins" Olsen stars as Sarah - a young lady helping her father clean
up their old vacation lake house to sell the place off. Of course, it
is a big, empty, creepy house out in the middle of nowhere with no
phones and no cell signal, so you know something bad is going to
Sarah is a bit frightened by all of the bumps and creaks happening
around her, but real danger starts to rear its ugly head as the gamine
gal sees a mysterious man in the house with her!
Is Sarah safe?
How can she escape the house?
Who is the dude?
In this tough housing market, how can you sell a house with some creepy
guy walking around?
Silent House is a movie with plenty of
promise, but it never gets going. Directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau
appear to want Silent House to be a taught fright fest tickling
our nerves with the anticipation of what might be around the corner or
ready to pop out from behind a door to scare off our underpants, but
not much pops out from behind the doors nor does much of anything
appear to be around the corner (and our underpants stay firmly on our
naughty zones, which should make Rush Limbaugh happy).
Silent House is a movie without much payoff
and not much set up. Kentis and Lau (she wrote the script based on the
film by Gustavo Hernandez), fail to give us a reason to care what might
happen to anyone in this movie. Sure, you can't build up a massive
backstory given the concept of showing us only these 82 minutes, but
they leave the movie to be nothing more than a series of possible
shocks, and don't deliver many shocks.
Worst of all, they provide a surprise ending that is only surprising
because no one would ever think this was a good idea. Without any logic
or dropping of hints along the way, Kentis and Lau drop an ending on
the audience that is unfairly surprising, and kind of stupid.
Shooting the movie in real time as one, long continuous take is a nice
gimmick, but they should have watched Rope from Alfred
Hitchcock to show you how you can do that AND deliver an awesome movie
Silent House is rated R for disturbing violent
content and terror.