The Silent House (2010) (Movie Review)
Director: Gustavo Hernández
The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late 40’s in a small village in Uruguay. The film focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret, unharmed. Laura and her father Wilson settle down in a cottage they have to renew since its owner will soon put the house up for sale. They will spend the night there and repair the following morning. Everything seems to go smoothly until Laura hears a sound that comes from outside and gets louder and louder on the upper floor of the house. Wilson goes up to see what is going on while she remains downstairs on her own, waiting for her father to come down.
Slow and steady they say always wins the race. Well the original version of Silent House here does indeed go slow and steady with a great deal of the film being us following around our lead in a house while we and her try to figure out what is going on. I’m not saying that is a bad thing. It does do a grand job of building up tension and making the viewer use his head trying to make sense of it. But on the other side of that it also does get a little draggy in spaces as we see this continue for a great deal of time.
The only real issue I have here with this film was the ending. Maybe that is because I had seen it done before time and time again, usually in foreign films like this. I won’t say it brings the overall experience of the film down enough to ruin it, because it is a good film. However, I do think the ending and it’s “twist” does hurt things a bit. I still got to give props to the acting and the tension at times here. It makes for a pretty cool film, but ultimately a little too status quo in some areas.