Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water) return to terra firma for this remake of the "real time" Uruguayan thriller La Casa Muda. Their summer cottage vandalized by squatters during the off-season, Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen), her father, and her uncle begin the laborious process of cleaning the place up when noises from within hint they are not alone. Now the deeper Sarah ventures into the derelict building, the further the secrets of her dark past are dragged out into the light. As with La Casa Muda, Silent House was shot in one continuous take, a production style that allows the viewer to experience the swelling tension of Sarah's horror firsthand as she unlocks a diabolical mystery. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
The Good: Interesting concept, shot in real time and in "one" seemingly seamless take over the course of 80 minutes. Olsen is also a very decent actor and totally carries the film. However....The Bad: In the end, the story completely falls apart as silly, contrived, and containing at least a good dozen plot holes. After the credits begin to role, you will tear this movie apart like a lion into a gazelle at all the countless scenes and points that just make absolutely NO sense. Perhaps if the filmakers had dumped the one take/ "Paranormal Activity" approach this might have worked better. But in the end, the plot is just very weak and an unfair and unearned tease on the audience.