Silent House (15)

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Elisabeth Olsen, right, in Silent House

Elisabeth Olsen, right, in Silent House

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Time Out says

Tue May 1 2012

This is an unimaginative ‘re-imagining’ of ‘La Casa Muda’, a low-budget Uruguayan horror movie from 2011 that was allegedly shot in one continuous take. The ‘real terror in real time’ gimmick of the original was a sleight of hand, of course, and the same is true here: despite many additional light sources, there are still plenty of dark shadows in which sly edits can be hidden. In this version, the camera has a distracting obsession with Elizabeth Olsen’s cleavage, but the star of ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ gives a committed,  convincing performance as Sarah, a young woman assailed by strange noises and creepy apparitions in her family’s neglected summer house.

Instead of adding the redundant character of Sarah’s childhood friend, Sophia (Julia Taylor Ross), filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (‘Open Water’) should have plugged the original’s plot holes and straightened out its logic. There is also a confusing tendency to blur the line between supernatural phenomena and the more tangible, twisted family secrets conveniently blanked out by the film’s amnesiac heroine.

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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri May 4, 2012

Duration:

85 mins

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Marsellus

There's only so much of watching a girl run from room to room screaming I can take (about 20 minutes). Using words like 'boring' and 'repetitive' does not quite describe just how bad this film is. The biggest problem I have with this film is the poor camerawork. It's not so much shaky-cam (that I can handle - I love the Bourne movies) but just bad filming. The dim lighting and poor shot composition make it difficult for the viewer to see what has actually happened. Shooting inadequate coverage of a scene does not 'highten tension' as the directors thought it would. It leaves the audience wondering 'what just happened?' After thinking this for the 15th time, my patience had worn out. I get the whole 'real-time/ continuous take' aspect of the film - but it's not done well enough to make the film interesting.

USMAN LATIF KHAWAJA

much better than expected despite some loopholes and far better than cabin in woods in every possible way as this is more psychological cinema than dependent on schmaltzy rubber monsters and clumsy zombies and the acting by the female lead is rivetting

John Ashdown

Really enjoyed this film and enjoyment was enhanced by being recorded by a hand held Canon eos 5d(£230.00 Quid thesesdays).If i'm reading the story correctly,a young lady had a bit of a tragic time and had simply 'gone mental' which i think explains the Demonic look on her face as she searched through the house,leaving the viewer wondering what she was looking for.I think..i finally worked it out.I liked the use of mirrors,which ca create a sinister atmosphere.

John Ashdown

Really enjoyed this film and enjoyment was enhanced by being recorded by a hand held Canon eos 5d(£230.00 Quid thesesdays).If i'm reading the story correctly,a young lady had a bit of a tragic time and had simply 'gone mental' which i think explains the Demonic look on her face as she searched through the house,leaving the viewer wondering what she was looking for.I think..i finally worked it out.I liked the use of mirrors,which ca create a sinister atmosphere.