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Silent Hill is one of the scariest, most cinematic video game series around and I was genuinely excited to see what Hollywood would unleash when they decided to adapt it into a movie back in 2006. For a film that should have been completely chilling, like the games, it failed on all fronts and bored more often than it scared. When the sequel was announced it looked more like the Silent Hill movie I wanted to see the first time around. Did I get what I wanted? Sadly, no. I got a 90-minute Marilyn Manson-esque music video that made my brain hurt.
Sharon or Heather or Alessa (or whatever they want to call the little girl from the first movie this time) is now a teen on the run with her dad. She escaped Silent Hill and the creepy people that live there will do whatever it takes to get her back. When her dad goes missing, she packs up and heads there to find him only to end up in a never ending nightmare of madness.
Michael J. Bassett is a hack director, but a good hack director. His last film, Soloman Kane, was quite a wild ride and showed a lot of promise. With Silent Hill: Revelation he tries hard to be shocking and pushes aside story, good performances, and anything else worth getting behind. It’s as if he set the movie up as a selection of bizarre scenes and stitched them together however he felt. That said, this is one of the most atmospheric films I’ve seen in some time and the set design, visual effects, and use of 3D is all very well done.
As far as acting goes, Adelaide Clemens does a half decent job in the lead and is very likable. Everyone else should be ashamed of themselves. Kit Harington appears to be channeling John Travolta in Grease with his terrible attempt and Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell, and Deborah Kara Unger are all laughably horrendous. Why are they in this film in the first place? Just killing time, collecting a paycheque?
Silent Hill: Revelation might be cool to look at, but it’s overall annoying and doesn’t offer up anything truly horrific. Stay home and watch a real horror movie, like A Nightmare on Elm St., and save your money for something better than this junk.
Rating: ** (out of 5 stars)