Silent House Reviews
The shaky plot and incongruous details are honestly kind of a perfect high C. When you're in a disaster, you don't always know how you got this or that cut, your mind focuses in on the main problems of suvival so intensely that you literally dont percieve minor details. Nor do the events make any sense- at all. Not until much much later.
Silent House doesn't tell you a story about horrorible events- it effectively lives you through those events in the way you would perceive them if they were actually happening.
And the ending is. Well.
The story sees a young woman helping fix up her family's old house only to be confronted by intruders. The gimmick to an otherwise standard home invasion film is that it appears to all be one continuous shot delivered in real time. Obviously there was editing trickery involved in conveying this, but the effect still works. It really creates a tense environment, because we are experiencing the events as if we were this woman. The tension slowly builds, and we're stuck in this house with her going through things at the same pace as her. There's no breaks and no cuts to alleviate the tension, we're right there with her hiding under that bed. For the first 3/4s of this movie I was really into it, and ready to call it a modern horror masterpiece...then the twist happens.
Without getting into spoilers, I'll just say that the twist reveals that things maybe aren't quite what they seemed. The problem with it though is that it creates a crater sized plot-hole that destroys any sense of tension that came before it. Simply put, it just doesn't make any godamn sense, and it sucks away any sense of tension the movie had going for it. I kind of see what they were trying to do with the twist, but it just didn't work. I don't think the movie even needed a twist. If it had just been a-holes who want to break in, that would have been enough. Maybe not a masterpiece, but the film would have at least worked all the way through.
Unlike a lot of people, I'm not willing to completely write off this movie just because I hated the ending. The finale was atrocious, but I can't deny that getting there was still a great ride, and the single-take gimmick is really unique and effective. I don't know how much I can recommend the movie, especially if you're the type to be turned off by an illogical twist. Still, it's a horror movie with a unique style, and that much I respect it for.
Watch this movie because of Elizabeth Olsen, who is my ultimate crush. And she did not fail me. Lizzie truly gave an amazing performance in this movie. She literally carried this movie on her shoulder.
Sadly, the movie itself didn't live to what it should have been.
The cinematography was terrible. The angles they chose to shoot the movie were dreadful. The sound effects editing was horrendous.
And most importantly, this movie had no tension whatsoever, except for the third act.
This film could have easily had more potential. The film twists and turns your mind inside out, you don't end up understanding what actually happened and what didn't or what was real and what was fake. The whole backstory with an old house having squatters didn't seem to do anything for the storyline besides draw a massive distraction. There is like no basement in the world that looks like that, it might as am have been a labyrinth.