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Review: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
10.26.2012
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PLOT: Heather Mason, having survived the perils of Silent Hill once in her life, must return to the dreaded town after her father is abducted and brought there.

REVIEW: The only true revelation on display in SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D is that it somehow manages to be worse than the first film. This thing is the stuff of nightmares, although not in the way the producers would intend. It's a brain-draining chore; a truly inept piece of junk that all but flaunts its contempt for the audience with every passing minute. Walking in, my expectations weren't high, but they weren't in the gutter either. It seemed to me impossible that the follow-up to Christophe Gans' frustrating and joyless 2006 adaptation of the popular game series would underachieve so thoroughly that it would make the first one look competent. Yet here we are...

Film starts with teenaged Heather (Adelaide Clemens) having bad dreams about the ghostly, ash-covered town in question. Heather is actually Sharon, the little girl from the first film, who is on a constant town-hopping journey with dad Christopher (Sean Bean), always changing their names and identities in order to escape.. something. Mom (Radha Mitchell) got left behind - or died - in Silent Hill, but now Heather is having visions of her and the creepy town, unsure of what they mean but certain it's not good. Eventually, Christopher is abducted by an unknown party, and Heather/Sharon must venture to the hellish landscape to find him.

On the Silent Hill trip is Vincent (Kit Harington), a new friend and fellow lost soul who seems strangely eager to accompany Heather on her mission. Along the way they encounter various bizarre visions, monsters, cult members and other ominous totems and characters, including the brawny, ridiculous-looking Pyramid Head, who has such trouble carrying his gigantic machete/sword that one wonders why he doesn't just opt for a slightly smaller version. Pyramid Head is apparently the game's big old boogeyman (I'm not a gamer, truth be told), but his appearance in the movie is anything but intimidating; he looks like that pyramid dropped on his noggin and he just can't get it off.

Not unlike the first film, the production design and cinematography cannot be faulted. If anything, it's kind of too bad that those departments went through so much trouble to make a movie this bad look so good. Well, perhaps "good" isn't the word, since the flick is actually just a series of dreary, miserable set-pieces that aren't memorable in the slightest, but they certainly look convincingly hellish.

Convincing is not the case with the performances in the film, as the entire cast appears trapped and uncomfortable. Young Ms. Clemens, god bless her heart, is not up to the task of making Heather anything other than a confused-looking Michelle Williams impersonator. The actress is simply lost and she surely won't find a life preserver thrown to her by the movie. Even usually solid actors like Bean and Carrie-Anne Moss - here playing the film's boring white-haired villainous - are utterly incapable of making anything out of the material they're given. Only Malcolm McDowell, as per usual, can be counted on to inject a certain crazy energy into his cameo, but his arrival in the movie mostly provokes exasperated laughter.

It's worth noting that almost the entirety of the dialogue is made up of exposition, so there is zilch in the way of meaningful interaction between the characters, hence we shouldn't blame them too harshly. Even as far as the exposition goes, the movie assumes that we'll know what it's talking about when half of the time the details, as pitched by the characters, are befuddling and nonsensical. Writer-director Michael J. Bassett (who had much better luck with the entertaining SOLOMON KANE) dishes out images and conversations that may make sense to people familiar with the games (or at the very least, the first film) but are completely baffling to the rest of us. The director falls back on standard objects of fear (clowns! mannequins!), but more often than not seems oblivious to what makes a film frightening or engaging; the sequences of supposed suspense are graceless and scare-free across the board. The film is truly lazy and half-baked in an appalling way, one that should make any struggling filmmaker enraged that a mess like this is unleashed upon the masses, yet smaller, smarter movies have to beg and claw their way into the public consciousness.

Anyone psyched about experiencing the hideousness of SILENT HILL: REVELATION in 3D can put that eagerness in their back pocket; it's a gloomy thing to look at, sometimes the images actually seem to fold in on themselves as opposed to pop off the screen. The only interesting use of the format is when ash flakes make their way across the screen, but those instances are few and far between. Toward the end, however, you won't much care, as you'll either be asleep, numb to the experience or staring at the ever-tempting EXIT sign.

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9:45AM on 10/26/2012

1st Silent Hill was Great.

"The only true revelation on display in SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D is that it somehow manages to be worse than the first film.."
Stopped reading after this because the 1st film was awesome. It had some problems towards the climax but all in all it was creepy as hell and since this guy clearly states he's NOT A GAMER, how would he know what a Silent Hill film should be like? I look for another review.
"The only true revelation on display in SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D is that it somehow manages to be worse than the first film.."
Stopped reading after this because the 1st film was awesome. It had some problems towards the climax but all in all it was creepy as hell and since this guy clearly states he's NOT A GAMER, how would he know what a Silent Hill film should be like? I look for another review.
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4:13PM on 10/26/2012
''The only true revelation on display in SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D is that it somehow manages to be worse than the first film''.

I stopped taking this review seriously at this point.
''The only true revelation on display in SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D is that it somehow manages to be worse than the first film''.

I stopped taking this review seriously at this point.
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7:33AM on 10/26/2012

"The only true revelation on display in SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D is that it somehow manages to be worse than the first film.."

Oh...well i thought the first one was great so i guess your opinion if id like this one or not doesnt really matter then. I commend you for at least putting your stance upfront but ill read a review elsewhere.
Oh...well i thought the first one was great so i guess your opinion if id like this one or not doesnt really matter then. I commend you for at least putting your stance upfront but ill read a review elsewhere.
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1:17PM on 10/26/2012

One thing pisses me off

Ok two things but bear with me.

First, why the fuck are games/movies/music reviewed by ppl who have little to no interest in the genre they happen to be reviewing? I'm not trying to rag on anyone in particular here and this happens every where and not just this site or whatever but its something that i'm noticing more and more these days. If a particular reviewer is no a gamer, like Eric states he's not, why is he reviewing a movie based on a game? It just doesn't make sense foe someone who
Ok two things but bear with me.

First, why the fuck are games/movies/music reviewed by ppl who have little to no interest in the genre they happen to be reviewing? I'm not trying to rag on anyone in particular here and this happens every where and not just this site or whatever but its something that i'm noticing more and more these days. If a particular reviewer is no a gamer, like Eric states he's not, why is he reviewing a movie based on a game? It just doesn't make sense foe someone who had no interest in a subject to try and give an objective review. I'm not saying you should find a fan boy who will be bias in the other direction but try to find someone who at least has some interest and possibly some amount of back ground in the subject matter. This will allow them to take away what is there for the fans while still keeping an proper eye on general details like if the acting was good or not. Just sayin.

The other thing is why was this movie ever made? In the first the mother and daughter are DEAD! Thats the whole ending, they die in the car crash and their souls are trapped in the dark dimension of Silent Hill. They defeat the baddie in the end but are not brought back to life and are simply allowed to leave Silent Hill, they are still dead. This is why they and Beans character are all at the house but can't see/interact with each other. Sure it could be possible for some work around but by the sounds of it it just seems that they have the daughter but not the mother survive the fist film??? Makes no sense.
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4:24PM on 10/26/2012
I think that she's supposed to be the protagonist of the third game, where Bean's character was given a child at the end of SH2 (game) where he gets a letter and goes back to SH. Creepy fucking games man, and they captured that in the first movie.
I think that she's supposed to be the protagonist of the third game, where Bean's character was given a child at the end of SH2 (game) where he gets a letter and goes back to SH. Creepy fucking games man, and they captured that in the first movie.
6:05PM on 10/26/2012
You're a bit confused. SH1 was Harry and he leaves at the end with a baby that is the girl in SH3. SH2 is a stand alone story about James getting a letter form his dead wife telling him to meet her in Silent Hill.

But the SH movie doesn't play out like SH1 at all so the idea that they are adapting the premis from SH3 makes no sense. Harry was replaced by Radha Mitchell's character and Bean's was a total tack on. The way that the first movie ends doesn't mach up at all to what sets up the
You're a bit confused. SH1 was Harry and he leaves at the end with a baby that is the girl in SH3. SH2 is a stand alone story about James getting a letter form his dead wife telling him to meet her in Silent Hill.

But the SH movie doesn't play out like SH1 at all so the idea that they are adapting the premis from SH3 makes no sense. Harry was replaced by Radha Mitchell's character and Bean's was a total tack on. The way that the first movie ends doesn't mach up at all to what sets up the story from the third game.
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11:00AM on 10/26/2012
Dude, if you're not a gamer, then this movie is not for you, because, as you mentioned before, at this point these movies are only for fans. And the fact that you didn't like it mostly because you're not a gamer, makes your review completely pointless.
Dude, if you're not a gamer, then this movie is not for you, because, as you mentioned before, at this point these movies are only for fans. And the fact that you didn't like it mostly because you're not a gamer, makes your review completely pointless.
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4:35AM on 10/26/2012
Loved the first one :(
Loved the first one :(
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11:56AM on 10/26/2012
I, like the other commenters, loved the first one. I won't be seeing this one at the theater though. So many movies so little time. But I am sure I will pick up the Blu Ray when it comes out. And your slam on Red Pyramid makes your review all the worse because you have no clue who he is. Not to mention he's a bad ass.

*extra tidbit.
Jodelle Ferland, the actress who plays Alessa also voices little sister in Bio Shock 2 and Patience Buckner in Cabin in the Woods.
I, like the other commenters, loved the first one. I won't be seeing this one at the theater though. So many movies so little time. But I am sure I will pick up the Blu Ray when it comes out. And your slam on Red Pyramid makes your review all the worse because you have no clue who he is. Not to mention he's a bad ass.

*extra tidbit.
Jodelle Ferland, the actress who plays Alessa also voices little sister in Bio Shock 2 and Patience Buckner in Cabin in the Woods.
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9:34AM on 10/27/2012
Dude, I wouldn't recommend even buying it on blu-ray... or buying it at all. It really is that bad. Pyramid Head or Red Pyramid as he is called in the film is really underused in it. He is acted well *regardless of what the review said*, but he is not used properly in this sequel. Without spoiling anything for you; there is a finale fight scene that involves two characters and I can only describe it as something you might see in a game when encountering a boss battle, but done so badly it
Dude, I wouldn't recommend even buying it on blu-ray... or buying it at all. It really is that bad. Pyramid Head or Red Pyramid as he is called in the film is really underused in it. He is acted well *regardless of what the review said*, but he is not used properly in this sequel. Without spoiling anything for you; there is a finale fight scene that involves two characters and I can only describe it as something you might see in a game when encountering a boss battle, but done so badly it doesn't even feel like it should be part of the film.
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11:08AM on 10/26/2012
The film was clearly not made for you. At least you put that in to context to begin with. I am a fan of the first film as many others appear to be, and while no one ever expected this long-delayed follow-up to be as good, if I'm anything to go by it's at least a lot of fun. I'll never call it great, per se, and you're right about the narrative - one of the most shoddily constructed I've seen on a big screen - but I had a blast, regardless. As you mention the production design and atmosphere are
The film was clearly not made for you. At least you put that in to context to begin with. I am a fan of the first film as many others appear to be, and while no one ever expected this long-delayed follow-up to be as good, if I'm anything to go by it's at least a lot of fun. I'll never call it great, per se, and you're right about the narrative - one of the most shoddily constructed I've seen on a big screen - but I had a blast, regardless. As you mention the production design and atmosphere are great, and for me that goes a long way with a nightmarish film like this. I compare it to a latter Nightmare on Elm Street sequel, like Dream Child - the imagery and the way the film messes with you is the star; story is so secondary you can basically disregard it.
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1:51AM on 10/26/2012
I expected this kind of a review. Not to say I don't agree it's terrible, but the movie seems to be getting almost universal panning. Obviously, if you didn't enjoy the first film, the sequel wouldn't be enjoyable either. I am a big fan of the original, and don't expect much at all from this film. Will probably see it despite, as the fan in me really wants to check this out.
I expected this kind of a review. Not to say I don't agree it's terrible, but the movie seems to be getting almost universal panning. Obviously, if you didn't enjoy the first film, the sequel wouldn't be enjoyable either. I am a big fan of the original, and don't expect much at all from this film. Will probably see it despite, as the fan in me really wants to check this out.
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9:15PM on 10/26/2012
You know, I actually thought that the first Silent Hill was a pretty decent horror film, even though as an adaptation of the game it wasn't great. But I've seen it several times and I like it. However, I think that this one looks pretty bad.
You know, I actually thought that the first Silent Hill was a pretty decent horror film, even though as an adaptation of the game it wasn't great. But I've seen it several times and I like it. However, I think that this one looks pretty bad.
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4:39PM on 10/26/2012
While the movie definitely sucked, it wasn't nearly as bad as this review. Maybe have some one who actually played the games review it? Just a thought. If you didn't like the first, why review the second? It wasn't great, but definitely not a 2/10.
While the movie definitely sucked, it wasn't nearly as bad as this review. Maybe have some one who actually played the games review it? Just a thought. If you didn't like the first, why review the second? It wasn't great, but definitely not a 2/10.
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1:48PM on 10/26/2012

I dunno man...

You seem a little harsh on the flick, i love the games and the first one was good, not great, but it captured the feeling the game series instills in the players, and because of this I think that the movie did it's gob, fucking pyramid head was awesome. It's extremely difficult to have dialogue in a Silent Hill movie because most of the games have the protagonist running around alone for quite some time, under-equipped and over stressed. Added to this we have the creepiest scenes re-created. I
You seem a little harsh on the flick, i love the games and the first one was good, not great, but it captured the feeling the game series instills in the players, and because of this I think that the movie did it's gob, fucking pyramid head was awesome. It's extremely difficult to have dialogue in a Silent Hill movie because most of the games have the protagonist running around alone for quite some time, under-equipped and over stressed. Added to this we have the creepiest scenes re-created. I think I'll see it any way, not expecting academy award material, but some scary shit.
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4:00AM on 10/26/2012
Loved the first one, but yeah, this didn't look terribly promising.
Loved the first one, but yeah, this didn't look terribly promising.
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1:05AM on 10/27/2012

i enjoyed it

I just got back from seeing it and I really enjoyed it, and I am a longtime hardcore fan of the game series. I thought the writing was better than the first movie, I will say i was saddened to see that one of big twists from the 3rd game was not really a twist this time around (aka Heather and who she and her father are) mainly because the new twist in this version wasn't as impactful. But the film followed the game pretty close. I know it wasn't going to be for everyone but I thoroughly
I just got back from seeing it and I really enjoyed it, and I am a longtime hardcore fan of the game series. I thought the writing was better than the first movie, I will say i was saddened to see that one of big twists from the 3rd game was not really a twist this time around (aka Heather and who she and her father are) mainly because the new twist in this version wasn't as impactful. But the film followed the game pretty close. I know it wasn't going to be for everyone but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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9:08AM on 10/26/2012

I had a feeling that this movie was going to tank

I am a die hard fan of the first one, but after watching the trailer the 2nd time around after my "excitement glamour" wore off, I just couldn't see this being any better than the first. This just feels more... Tame. Seriously the barb wire massacre/rape in the first one-- holy fucking shit. Tangent aside, I won't be checking this out.
I am a die hard fan of the first one, but after watching the trailer the 2nd time around after my "excitement glamour" wore off, I just couldn't see this being any better than the first. This just feels more... Tame. Seriously the barb wire massacre/rape in the first one-- holy fucking shit. Tangent aside, I won't be checking this out.
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9:52PM on 10/28/2012
wow really? that bad huh. I went to see taken 2 a couple days ago, and went in and watched about five minutes of this before taken started. It seemed cool to me, of course only watching five minutes of a movie doesn't mean anything. too bad!
wow really? that bad huh. I went to see taken 2 a couple days ago, and went in and watched about five minutes of this before taken started. It seemed cool to me, of course only watching five minutes of a movie doesn't mean anything. too bad!
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9:14AM on 10/27/2012

Silent Hill: No Revelation

I seen it last night and I thought it was complete crap. I'm a fan of the game series and this sequel is a fine example of style over substance. The first film was okay in terms of game/film adaption. It wasn't a great film, but it tried at least to be faithful to the game. This sequel however is nothing more than brilliant looking set-pieces and it tries to rely on those to carry the film and story. The acting and dialogue is terrible along with the obvious plot and character "revelations".
I seen it last night and I thought it was complete crap. I'm a fan of the game series and this sequel is a fine example of style over substance. The first film was okay in terms of game/film adaption. It wasn't a great film, but it tried at least to be faithful to the game. This sequel however is nothing more than brilliant looking set-pieces and it tries to rely on those to carry the film and story. The acting and dialogue is terrible along with the obvious plot and character "revelations". It's so predictable and cheesy and it knows it, but doesn't care. Visually it is fantastic, but that's all that it is. Even using the same game score to make it atmospheric throughout the film, it still falls flat on its face. As I said already... All style and no substance what so ever. The first film is a masterpiece compared to this sequel. For anyone who is a fan of the games and is going to see this movie, keep your expectations low. You'll be better off, trust me.
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10:46AM on 10/26/2012

I didn't mind the first one, this onw is shit though.

The first one was watchable, it had some cool moments but it was nothing special. This one just sucked and was just really boring. Like Eric said there are no meaningful interactions between characters, you don't care about any of them. They tried to mix in the story from Silent Hill 3 and fuck it up so badly it doesn't come off as making any sense. This is on par with Paranormal Activity 4 for worst movie of the year.
The first one was watchable, it had some cool moments but it was nothing special. This one just sucked and was just really boring. Like Eric said there are no meaningful interactions between characters, you don't care about any of them. They tried to mix in the story from Silent Hill 3 and fuck it up so badly it doesn't come off as making any sense. This is on par with Paranormal Activity 4 for worst movie of the year.
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2:13AM on 10/26/2012
Another shitty video game movie.... You don't say???
Another shitty video game movie.... You don't say???
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