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This movie is about Sarah as she and her dad go to their lakeside retreat to pack things up inside because it is being sold. While there, her uncle also helps get the place up to scratch so they can sell it. The uncle has to leave to get an electrician to check the wiring, but after he goes she starts hearing noises and seeing what she thinks are people inside the house. Soon she and her dad are attacked by someone or something and they end up in a fight for their lives. But there's something more going on here than she thinks. Written by
Michael Hallows Eve
A remake of the Uruguayan film "La Casa Muda", this film stars Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman helping her father John (Adam Trese) and uncle Peter (Eric Sheffer Stevens) fix up their old lakeside family home so it can be sold. The trouble is, it's currently become a rather spooky place what with the electricity out and the house being rather isolated. Sarah begins to suspect the presence of malevolent individuals who are out to stalk and terrorize her and her family.
"Silent House" is elevated to some degree by decent acting. Olsen certainly can play scared very, very well. And the directors, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau ("Open Water"), copy the template used by the original film (as well as the grandfather of this sort of thing, Alfred Hitchcocks' "Rope") in trying to get the whole thing done in one continuous take. They build considerable suspense with their minimal lighting and less is more approach. There *is* some gore, but not a whole lot of it. Kentis and Lau also try to put roadblocks in Sarahs' path by making it hard to just walk out the door, and by ensuring that help won't be readily available. The tension is undeniable.
Unfortunately, things do downhill in the final quarter hour or so with a reveal and resolution that we've seen far too many times by this point for it to be that effective. The actors do their best to sell it, but one can't help but feel some disappointment. This ends up making the film on the routine side, along with the overused device of having characters who are supposedly on the same side, scaring each other.
Despite the filmmakers' best efforts, "Silent House" is merely okay.
Six out of 10.
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