Silent Hill: Revelation: Rated “R” (94 Minutes)
Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell
Directed by: Michael J. Bassett
Based on the eponymous videogame, Silent Hill: Revelation picks up after the conclusion of the previous film by following Heather Mason (Clemens) and her dad (Bean ) who both have long been on the run (since the conclusion of the first film), always just one step ahead of the dangerous forces chasing them (that she does not quite understand). Only, now, on the eve of her 18th birthday, and relocated to yet another school (her fourth in five years), Heather is plagued by horrific nightmares. Finally, with the disappearance of her father (and the appearance of a creepy private investigator), Heather discovers that she is not who she thinks she is. This revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in the town of Silent Hill forever.
The film essentially starts off with Heather entering her new school and being befriended by Vincent (Harington) another new student, only, Heather, rebuffs his advances as she has learned to not let anyone close. After school she is followed to the local mall by the private investigator who approaches her and starts to explain who she is and why her life is in danger. Unfortunately the PI is killed, freaking Heather out and sending her home only to learn that her father is missing. Finally teaming with the persistent Vincent the pair set out towards Silent Hill in order to find her dad (as expected, they are chased all the way there by the emissaries of the group that want to trap her in that Hellish town).
OK, now while we are willing to acknowledge that the possibility we have never saw the initial film, nor played the videogame on which this film is based, we might be just a tad behind the curve with respect as to what is going on here, but there were just a few things that simply didn’t make any sense to us. first of all, we get that this is a horror film and that Silent Hill is essentially Hell, but why is it that the all the neighborhoods in the town into which Heather and her dad relocated look so poverty-stricken. Even the mall to which she runs to hide from the creepy-looking investigator looks way below sub-par.
Then to escape the guy, instead of running to a populated place with plenty of witnesses where she would theoretically be safe, she heads to an access corridor in the mall, eventually making her way into a thoroughly sinister-looking sub-basement that appears to be several floors below ground, only to run up a single flight of stairs to make it to street level once again. Then, later on, we understand that she’s been running from Silent Hill for six years now, but when they head back, they are only a day’s car ride from its location? Really?
On the up side the CGI and 3D worked pretty nicely, and the action appears to be set up to give the viewer the feeling of moving through a staged haunted house, but seriously, the story was all over the place, and while we understand that some fans did like this, we found it barely passable at best, so this time you will have to make up your own minds. It was, for us, not so much a waste of time, but there are better horror flicks out there to see.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for nearly 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as here and elsewhere on the web.