WRETCHED REVIEWS: SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D

SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D

Starring Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington and Sean Bean

Written and directed by Michael J. Bassett

Alliance

 

Having been on the Silent Hill: Revelation 3D set, I can tell you that the people who made it were committed, enthusiastic, and looking forward to taking the legacy of the first Silent Hill film, as well as that of the video games upon which the franchise is based, and moving them forward with the sequel.

Unfortunately, they failed.

Revelation is, quite simply, a mess. The set-up, taken from the Silent Hill 3 video game has potential: Sharon (Clemens), now on the cusp of her 18th birthday, has spent her adolescence moving from city to city with her father Mason (Bean). They have been running from the forces of Silent Hill, about which Sharon has been having nightmares. Installed at a new school, Sharon tries to remain incognito but attracts the attention of another newbie Vincent (Harington: Game of Thrones).

Soon enough, Harry has been kidnapped by The Order, the religious faction that rules Silent Hill, and Sharon and Vincent follow him into the shadowy netherworld to rescue him. Along the way, they encounter all manner of strange creatures – yes, including Pyramid Head and the nurses – as well as Alessa, the ostensible source of Silent Hill’s horror.

To say more would be to ruin the surprises but would also be difficult, so circuitous is the film’s plot. Writer/director Michael J. Bassett has attempted to connect the first film to the video game, but his script is so convoluted that keeping track of what is going on is nearly impossible. Cameos by first film stars Radha Mitchell and Deborah Kara Unger are throwaway at best; shoehorned into the action to please fans but with little in the way of narrative importance.

Having quickly scanned a Silent Hill game wiki, it appears that fans of the games may have an easier time of it, as Bassett has invoked many of the characters, creatures and devices from that world, although, gamers being gamers, we can only imagine the complaints they will have about this adaptation.

Gaming aside, Revelation is – bottom line – a Silent Hill sequel made by filmmakers with as much passion but less money, less imagination, and fewer resources than their predecessors.

 

Rating: 2.5/5

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