Elizabeth Olsen is pretty hot. I say this because it was biggest lesson I took home from the theater after seeing Silent House. The movie, shot allegedly in one long shot, gives you plenty of mug time with Ms. Olsen, and sorry if I’m too human for saying it, but she was quite a perfect selection for such a closeup heavy role.
As a whole the movie is clever and surprisingly true to the title. Much of the movie’s edge comes from it playing off of the natural unease almost all of us get from a being in the dark, particularly, in big old style houses. The most chilling scenes by far are when you’re simply listening to… something walking down the halls or occasionally dragging… something. Silent House is at its best when the audience is kept in the dark, pun totally intended by the way.
The basic story of Silent House is that Sarah (Olsen) is fixing up her family’s old beach home for sale with her father and uncle. In the process of packing, a girl shows up who claims she is an old friend of Sarah. Said girl clearly has ulterior motives and the movie drags on for a few more minutes until… something happens. I keep saying “something” because as could have guessed, there are some serious twists that happen in this movie. Unfortunately, the twist is far from original, and honestly, does a disservice to the atmosphere and established scares. Elizabeth Olsen can definitely hold her own in what must have been an especially complicated role. The rest of the cast is decent in their roles, if not a bit bland.
In a nutshell, watching Silent House from beginning to end is very entertaining. However, after the movie is over, due to lingering thoughts on plot twists and some pretty questionable character decisions, for some there will be an unpleasant feeling of disappointment.