‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’ Movie – Review
“A lot of critics hated this film, but I’d bet money none of them are gamers or fans of the genre anyway.”
This was a very well done follow-up to 2006′s Silent Hill. It was simple, eerie, and fun. They relied on the 3D and lots of well-timed things that go bump in the night type effects to make you jump. It’s not going to win any awards and the acting, and story isn’t worthy of any Oscars but it was decent and slightly above average horror flick that in my opinion was worth the price of admission. I felt like I was walking through a haunted house or watching someone walk through a haunted house, more than I felt like I was watching a movie. The 3D was absolutely fantastic and the atmosphere, sets, music all really set the mood and put off that vibe that you look for. I don’t think you would get the same feeling sitting in your living room watching this flick as you do when sitting in the theater. I saw that a lot of critics hated this film, but I’d bet money none of them are gamers or like the genre anyway.
This is actually one of the better made video game movies and we all know how much I hate video game movies. I think it’s actually better than the first one and captures more of the games essence. The sets and costumes are spot on. The 3D was great, CGI effects worked well! The creatures were awesome! Take it from a true geek and lover of the games this is a good movie. I think you need to approach it like a romp in a haunted house based on the silent hill games. The characters seem to stumble their way from one set / scene to the next and if you’re looking for a master piece you aren’t going to find it. You have to take a step back and understand what the director is trying to do. He’s trying to put you in the shoes of the Hero or at least in a mine cart following her around. Once you disassociate yourself with the fact that your watching a movie and treat it like a haunted house it’s great, a little scary and a little funny and absolutely fan service to the game enthusiasts.
“I will say this about the movie, as well: its focus on scare tactics and creatures is vastly superior to the first film’s.”
The set design and creature design were really unsettling. The characters dressed and acted like characters from the Silent Hill games should, and at times it really felt like you were watching a movie version of a survival horror video game. The dreamscapes and shifting environments, were really cool to watch and the locations they used were ripe with potential and didn’t disappoint. For anyone who has seen it, which location did you like the most or scare you the most? The mall, the asylum, the amusement park, the abattoir or the surgery room? They were all filled with dank, dusty detritus. The scares came coming at a pretty quick pace. It only slowed down in one or two parts and that was mostly used as a tool to lull you into a false sense of security so they could hit you with a big scare.
The story picks where the first film left off six years ago. Christopher (Sean Bean) and Sharon the kid from the first film (Adelaide Clemens); is now going by Heather. She is in high school living in a new house with her dad. There are some dream inside a dream scares to start you off with and some good foreshadowing. They have been on the run for a long time and never stay still very long.
Sharon still has the good of Alessa in her and she is haunted by memories and premonitions of Silent Hill. There is a lot of back story that is fleshed out in this film like the fact that she is an Orphan and adopted by Christopher and Rose. (Radha Mitchell) She makes a brief cameo in this film and she is still trapped in Silent Hill forever, but she saved Sharon and sent her back to the real world.
The cult hired a Private investigator to track down and turn over Sharon. They end up capturing her father and take him back to Silent Hill Sharon must rescue him but she can’t do it alone so reluctantly she made nicey nice with Vincent (Kit Harington) who has a real interest in her after a speech she gives in class on her first day at the new school. They go after her dad and back to Silent Hill together. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D earns it rated R for sure! (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian) for brief nudity and violence.
I will say this about the movie as well: its focus on scare tactics and creatures is vastly better than the first film. There is a lot less talk about the cult. I loved The nurses, Pyramid Head, The Spitters and a crazy spider creature felt like a boss. The creepy mannequin heads attached to it will live in my nightmares for years. And I two words for you, bloody bunnies! They obviously pulled a lot from Silent Hill 3 which I’m ok with because I loved that one. Sharon’s character was a dead match. The hair, the white vest, handgun and flashlight were all present.
My favorite part by far was nurse scene it was very well done. There were lots of quiet long hallway shots, adapted from the Silent Hill 3 video game into the feel of this movie.
Haters are going to hate and fans are going to love it. If you liked the first Silent Hill movie, you will like this one! If you didn’t like the first one, don’t see Revelations. Even thou in my opinion the second one is better. If you like the games and not the movies, just play the games and don’t bother watching the movies. Why so many people are giving it a bad review I just don’t understand. I’m not sure what the reviewers were expecting? Maybe they wanted a PG-13 teen horror movie? Maybe they are just really against the idea of games being adapted for films? I think anyone giving this movie some of the failing scores I’ve seen just don’t get it or something even stranger is afoot.
Directed by Michael J. Bassett; written by Mr. Bassett, adapted by Laurent Hadida, based on the game created by Konami; director of photography, Maxime Alexandre; edited by Michele Conroy; production design by Alicia Keywan; costumes by Wendy Partridge; produced by Samuel Hadida and Don Carmody; released by Open Road. Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes.
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