Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Movie Review: Silent House


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Elizabeth Olsen (sister of twins Mary Kate and Ashley) stars in Open Road Films' new movie, Silent House, which hits theaters this Friday, March 9th. Although branded as a horror film, Silent House is more of a psychological thriller/keep you on the edge of your seat kind of movie.

In Silent House, we follow Sarah (Olsen's character) throughout the film, as she gets trapped inside her family's lake house with no way out. Ironically, keys (which obviously can't be found anywhere) are needed on the inside to unlock the doors, the windows are boarded up, and the electricity in the house is out, leaving Sarah to resort to carrying lanterns around like we're back in 1900.

Within the first few minutes of the film, it becomes apparent that there's a whole-lot of fishiness going on and that the plot may be more complicated than it appeared in commercials.
Olsen, as Sarah, tries to unlock door to escape
If you recall the movie "Open Water" from the early 2000s where a couple floats around in shark-infested waters, you'll have an idea of what to expect for this movie. I would, however, like to point out that Elizabeth Olsen did a fantastic job acting--even if the movie itself wasn't really up to par.

Although the film debuted at the Sundance Festival in 2011, the last 15 minutes along with other various parts (sound and camera shots) throughout were supposedly altered afterward. For what reason? I guess we'll never know. But Silent House was based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda. I'd be curious to see if the original was better--or if they were equally as... interesting.

The majority of Silent House kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering who the mystery person in the house was and what might happen next. That said, the last 15 minutes or so of the movie took a weird and wild twist, making it seem as though we were watching another film entirely. 
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I'd recommend movie-goers hold off on seeing this until its available to rent. However, if you do decide to see it, word to the wise: You should probably get to the movies earlier to eat your popcorn before the movie starts to avoid throwing it in the air or choking on a kernel when something pops out  and you scream.

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