Written by Gustavo Hernández and Laura Lau. Directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau. Stars Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens.
The OTHER Olsen sister cries and runs in a house and then a twist ending reveals why.
Based on a Uruguayan movie, this movie is in REAL TIME. You know REAL TIME? You’ll know REAL TIME when you watch the extras on the DVD of this movie. What is REAL TIME, you say? It’s REAL TIME! It says so on the box!
On a serious note, Real Time is apparently a practice where every minute in the movie is a minute in the life of the character. No cuts to a later time, no flashbacks, etc. It was done in Hitchcock’s Rope. It’s done here. Moreso, it’s filmed so that it appears to be one continuous shot (though the making-off scenes make it quite obvious it’s not the case). The result is eerie and is perhaps the creepiest part of the movie. The story itself? Sigh.
After a few minutes of back and forth between the characters regarding a house they’re emptying so as to renovate and sell, chaos starts to happen. By chaos, I mean that Elizabeth Olsen’s character Sarah starts freaking out about something that you don’t really see. Oh, you’ll see a boot, a shadow, a quick glance at something but the focus of the camera is always on her, so while Sarah cowers and cries, you never really get why. Something or someone is in the house with her, sure. But while you watch teary-eyed Sarah run away with the camera following her, you never really feel anything close to danger happening. Does it look pretty? Yes. Is it entertaining? No. Of course, the last few minutes properly explain WHY the movie was filmed this way and while it’s logical and clever, it doesn’t make for an entertaining story.
I’ll give the directors props for shooting in one location, with (mostly) one actress and next to no lights. I don’t think Kentis and Lau are bad on a technical aspect. I just think they chose a weird way to get creative with the medium by choosing a story that clearly suffered for it.
SHOULD YOU WATCH IT?
The story isn’t super original, and the scenes are Olsen-centric. If you’re into crying Olsens, maybe?