Some inspired camerawork, excellent tonal music, and a tour de force performance by Elizabeth Olsen are unfortunately wasted on a lazy twist. ”Silent House” beautifully builds tension and plants clues necessary to solve the film’s mystery. However, the mystery is all too familiar and in the end the film fails to offer the audience a new perspective. SPOILER ALERT: For the love of everything holy in this universe, when will filmmakers stop using Dissociative Identity Disorder as a twist?! It’s been done to death, beaten senseless, dragged through the mud, wrung dry, smoothed out, and used again and again. It’s not original. It’s boring and unsatisfying. It’s lazy. And in this case, there was actually an opportunity to end the film without giving in to this overused tripe. Why couldn’t Sophia be a real person who was also abused by Sarah’s father and has returned to get her revenge? Why couldn’t Sophia have been there to help Sarah remember the torment her father perpetrated upon her? People can repress memories without creating an alternate identity. It is possible. So why are we as an audience subjected to endure this same tired ending time and again?! It’s a damn shame that such impressive work was wasted on such an overdone premise.
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