'Silent House' review: Continuously shot in one take over 88 minutes, but was it? Did it work?

Synopsis: Trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat, a young woman descends into madness.

Silent House is a pretty ambitious flick. Shot in one take over the course of 88 minutes, this isn't something that's easy to do. The amount of planning and sheer skill that goes into something like this is incomprehensible.

Starring the hidden (and significantly more talented)Olsen sister, Elizabeth, she plays Sarah, a somewhat conflicted young girl with a very dark past.

Right off the bat, we can see that this Elizabeth chick is pretty talented. Move on a little into the film and it's apparent that Sarah has some issues with her Father/Uncle that are pretty disturbing... like some freaky shit.

The film itself flows well, but it's disappointing to know it wasn't shot in one take. Sigh. In actuality, it was shot in short takes and stitched together to create the illusion of a continuous take. Though this in itself wasn't a huge dealbreaker, it certainly did take some of the uniqueness away from the film.

Ultimately, it didn't bother the story so much, because really, there wasn't much of it.

Though Olsen did put on a beautiful performance, all that seemed to happen in the house was screaming. By Sarah. So, really, it wasn't so silent. Because of the screaming. It was a 'Screaming House'. That would've made millions.

Bah, I digress.

Silent House is an average flick that has an ambitious concept, but doesn't do the job when it tries to tell the story.

Plot: 4/10

Dialogue: 4/10

Visuals: 6/10

Performances: 6.5/10

Overall: 5/10


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