DVD Review: Silence in the House of God
Oscar winning Director Alex Gibney has a few documentaries under his belt, so you’d have to assume he knows what he’s doing. The premise of Silence In The House of God is good, taking a look at the Catholic Church’s constant attempts at covering up child abuse cases.
With the focus being on one priest who abused deaf children in a school where he had been placed by the church, it was certainly a chance to do some in depth exploration.
The biggest problem that Gibney was going to have to face however, wasn’t the Catholic Church, but rather the clear fact that the documentaries basic theme, that the Catholic Church has covered up child abuse in its ranks, is nothing new. It’s well known and well documented.
Gibney was going to have to come up with something startlingly new, or present the whole thing in a dynamic, interesting way.
Sadly he chose the way so cheap shots and a boring, by the numbers, account of what had happened. Nothing new, nothing to grab the viewers attention. It’s almost as if Gibney just had an axe to grind, so grind he did.
Rating: M Sexual abuse themes.