Mark Julian Reviews SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D

In a genre full of mediocrity, it's generally agreed that Silent Hill is the best movie to date that's based on a video game. Six years later does Silent Hill: Revelation match the eerie mysteriousness of its predecessor or does it succumb to the video game curse? Read on for my spoiler-free review.

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By Mark Julian - 10/29/2012


I watched the first Silent Hill movie as a refresher before heading off to see Silent Hill: Revelation. After all these years, it surprisingly still holds up well. But the original writer Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction) and director Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of The Wolf) are not attached to the sequel. Instead, Michael J. Basset (Solomon Kane) has taken on both writing and directing duties and the lack of creative consistency is definitely felt. Absent is the sense of mystery possessed by the first film. Instead, we are beaten over the head with repeat summaries of the events of the first film which take up an unnecessarily large amount of the film's meager 1 hr 34min runtime. Once Revelation is absolutely sure that the audience is clear on the events of the first film, the film goes one misstep further with an incredibly convenient yet still vague explanation as to how Sharon/Alessa played by newcomer Adelaide Clemens managed to escape from Silent Hill. After the straightforward info dump the actual movie finally begins however at this point we're simply presented with mindless scare-action that isn't actually all that scary. Where the first film utilized the action as a means to unfold a complex story the sequel utilizes the story as an excuse to move from one scare to the next.

Rahda Mitchell and Deborah Kara Unger who play two of the lead characters in the first film are criminally underused in minor cameos which actually perform the same task of providing the aforementioned summaries of the first film. Kit Harrington and Clemens are really trying but the nonsensical plot wastes their efforts. Carrie Anne Moss is also vastly underutilized in her role as leader of the mysterious order hellbent on capturing Clemens' character. Yet, for the very definition of underutilization we have to look at Malcom McDowell's character in the film. In the film for a total of about 5 minutes he too only serves the purpose of clumsily info dumping necessary plot fodder to move the story along. With a cast including Moss, McDowell, Bean and Harrington it's baffling that they're given so little to do. The film's actual dialogue is ok, having only a few cringe-worthy moments, overall it's still serviceable. The failure of this film lies within the story itself, it's about as creative as a square-shaped wheel. The decision making that occurs in this film actually produced out-loud laughter at certain points. The worst decision by far however, is the fact that the big questions left from the first film, the hook ending of the mother and child still being trapped in an alternate dimension was solved in a quick 3 minute flashback told by Mitchell. That's just inexcusable and the film was destined for failure from that point onward.

The SFX are not as gritty and visceral as the first film. Everything in Silent Hill has a plastic, computer generated aesthetic which makes it hard for true immersion. The 3D adds nothing to the film whatsoever; aside from snowflakes and falling soot, there's only a handful of true 3d shots.

The film ends on another hook ending of sorts, with Sean Beans character intent on searching through Silent Hill to find his still missing wife who was supposedly still trapped in the alternate dimension but didn't actually show up during any of the present tense action. However, it's extremely unlikely that we'll ever see a threequel as the lackluster entry from Revelation has surely killed off this potential franchise.



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MisterMagurlypse - 10/29/2012, 9:10 AM
Well, that sucks. I had high hopes for this one after very much liking the first. I guess I'll just wait till BluRay release. Save some $$$
XtommygunzX - 10/29/2012, 9:11 AM
About what I expected.
Unas - 10/29/2012, 9:24 AM
Ditto. I was looking at the clock the whole time.
Screwger - 10/29/2012, 9:31 AM
Remember the still when Clemens character meets Rada Mitchell ? Not in the movie
Mysterion - 10/29/2012, 9:34 AM
I was in the theater this weekend to see Argo and saw people coming out from watching Silent Hill and they were all pissed off shaking thier head with disgust.
RyKnow - 10/29/2012, 9:41 AM
The first movie worked IF you had played all the games (pointed out to me by several hardcore fans of the game series). As someone who only played the first game, I found the film to be convoluted, bland and anti-climactic. Can't say I'm surprised the second film didn't deliver.
jimpinto24 - 10/29/2012, 9:42 AM
Silent Hill: Revelation was a MAJOR letdown! The movie was not scary, Sean Bean & Rahda Mitchell should have got more face time. (Mainly Rahda Mitchell, because she was the main character in the first film) Carrie Ann Moss was under-utlize in the movie. After Revelation being a letdown, I doubt if we get a threequel. If we do, I hope it's better than Revelation.
KingEmperor - 10/29/2012, 12:18 PM
Cheap scares have no place in any Silent Hill universe. I wonder if the writer/director did his homework, outside of finding out who the characters are in SH3 to add in the movie?
Scion - 10/29/2012, 1:10 PM
They should have went with the Silent Hill 2 storyline. Probably one of the best games I've ever played and a phenomenal story.
mattattack - 10/29/2012, 2:37 PM
This movie was so bad that I asked for a refund at the end. Good god it was a shitty ass [frick]ing poor excuse of a film. THE ENTIRE DIALOGUE IS EXPOSITION and the acting is shit at best. Everything sucked. They even made pyramid head look like a pussy and shrunk him down in size.

The first film was definitely awesome.
BmanHall - 10/29/2012, 2:50 PM
I thought the movie was ok. I liked the first one better though. Another series falls victim to not following source material.
126thst - 10/29/2012, 3:20 PM
The film ends on another hook ending of sorts, with Sean Beans character intent on searching through Silent Hill to find his still missing wife who was supposedly still trapped in the alternate dimension but didn't actually show up during any of the present tense action. However, it's extremely unlikely that we'll ever see a threequel as the lackluster entry from Revelation has surely killed off this potential franchise.

Spoiler free??
OhGawDuhhh - 10/29/2012, 6:01 PM
So.. Sean Bean simply couldn't have received a letter from his dead wife and set out to find her in Silent Hill?

That was what the first film set up, an adaptation of Silent Hill 2.

Shitty movies like this make people think that video games are garbage.
WildCard12 - 10/29/2012, 11:01 PM
Silent hill movies have nothing on the much better and highly successful resident evil franchise.
Boogie138 - 10/30/2012, 1:59 PM
iron man 2, thats what were all talking about right?
EdgyOutsider - 10/31/2012, 6:12 PM
The first Silent Hill looked bad and this one looks a million times worse. To be honest, I think Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is alot better than what Silent Hill looks. There are very few videogame movies that work. Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, Hitman and (in my opinion) Prince of Persia. The rest sucked.

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