LRA writes: Can a gimmick really make a movie better? That was just one of the many questions I was asking myself as I left the auditorium where I had just witnessed what is a technical marvel on a scale that only true cinephiles would notice but ALMOST as much of a failure in its execution. You have to ask yourself whether or not you are the type of person who can appreciate a film for the pure craftsmanship it took to make it. If you can look beyond the trite plot about a woman being pursued by someone who just wants to hurt her real bad then there is a lot to like about Silent House. By fusing together two of my favorite cinematic gimmicks, the extended take and having events unfold in real time, directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau have made a film that succeeds at being both a unique and conventional entry into the horror/thriller genre which is powered by a tour de force performance by its star Elizabeth Olsen and only let down by some unfortunate stumbles along the way.