Silent House (2012)
Critic Consensus: Silent House is more technically proficient and ambitious than most fright-fests, but it also suffers from a disappointing payoff.
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Critic Reviews for Silent House
Filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau ('Open Water') should have plugged the original's plot holes and straightened out its logic.
The camera's unblinking eye constantly stays with Olsen, and we feel in as much danger as she is.
It's Olsen's performance that makes Sarah's plight matter. And the actress proves that her mesmerizing turn in last fall's Martha Marcy May Marlene -- about a woman on the lam from a cult -- wasn't a fluke.
Silent House feels like a psychotic episode come to life. It's impressive and oppressive, and it very effectively gets on your nerves.
[Olsen is] terrific at showing shifts of emotion just underneath the skin of her wide, china-doll face.
Audience Reviews for Silent House
Starts off well, then an extremely long middle part which drags on. At this point nearly gave up on it as it's so dark and blocky onscreen (and this is on a Blu Ray copy) and seems to just be non stop close ups of Elizabeth Olsen looking terrified (admittedly effectively). Glad I preserved. I didn't see the twist coming and it really lifted it beyond what I assumed I was watching.
Elizabeth Olson is one of those very likeable young actresses who got her career started in the independent world of film, and is now working her way to the big screen in a huge way, starring in the sequel to the Avengers. In this film however, she seems to be trying very hard to hold her performance together at times, seeing as the film is seamlessly cut to look like it has all been filmed in one take, and as amazing as that is to watch, the substance just really is not there. From a generic script to a generic and dumb plot twist, this film is nothing more than a throwaway that you can either choose to say you enjoyed or hated. The camerawork is definitely something to admire, but the film surrounding it is very very weak. Sadly, "Silent House" is not warranted a recommendation.
Silent House Quotes
|John:||Hey sweetie, I checked your Facebook page, what's his name wrote on your wall again.|
|Sophia:||How long's it been since you were out here?|
|Sarah:||It's been a long time.|