‘Silent House’ Review: One Take Too Many

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Okay so IMDB is telling me that this movie is not actually one take, but was actually filmed in ten minute segments and then edited together. Right, well now that that is cleared up, this movie really is nothing special. Silent House is a horror film that tried to be something it is not, original.

First off, the movie is hardly the scare fest that the commercials would have you believe. There are a couple decent scares but nothing compared to any of the three Paranormal Activity entries. The tension with the “single take” did not build as well as it should have, leaving much to be desired scare wise, and a pretty boring movie.

Secondly, the film barely sets up any sort of plot or anything. We are just thrown into it with no end in site. The storyteller takes no chances here leading to a bland attempt at terror. As for the twist ending, I dare you to try and count the cliches. Perhaps the real twist is that this was directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

There is one major upside to this film, however, and that is Elisabeth Olsen. Coming off of her fantastic breakout performance in last fall’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Olsen does everything she can with her poorly written character. Especially since most takes are ten minutes or more. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to hold character for ten minutes without getting distracted. She truly looks terrified throughout the film and does a great job of building the only tension felt during the movie’s short run time.

The only reason that Silent House is not a complete disaster is because of its more than capable star, Elisabeth Olsen. Otherwise, the film is a scareless, plotless mess with a ludacris ending. Since the one take marketing device turned out to be a sham, this is one of the worst films of the year so far. Grade: D

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