Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)
Written by: DMG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Michael J. Bassett
Producer: Samuel Hadida, Don Carmody
Screenwriter: Michael J. Bassett
Date Released: October 26, 2012
Adelaide Clemens as Heather Mason / Sharon Da Silva/Dark Alessa
Kit Harington as Vincent Smith
Sean Bean as Harry Mason / Christopher Da Silva
Carrie-Anne Moss as Claudia Wolf
Malcolm McDowell as Leonard Wolf
Deborah Kara Unger as Dahlia Gillespie
Radha Mitchell as Rose Da Silva
Martin Donovan as Douglas Cartland
Peter Outerbridge as Travis Grady
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Years ago, when Rose traveled to Silent Hill with her daughter, Sharon, they were held captive by a demented cult. But when they managed to escape, Rose was able to return Sharon to her father while Rose was left trapped in Silent Hill. Years later, Sharon is close to her eighteenth birthday, but since then her name was changed to Heather. However, around Heather’s eighteenth birthday, she experiences horrific nightmare and hallucinations on a daily basis often time unable to tell the difference between reality and dreams. When Heather’s father disappears, she seeks him out and travels to Silent Hill. Meanwhile, Sharon is warned never to go to Silent Hill because a group called the Child of the Order is after her.
There is some blood and gore contained within the film. However, Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) makes heavy use of CGI. Nevertheless, some of the computer generated environments are well-done and similar to the decrepit environments seen in the video game, Silent Hill 3.
The Grave Review
Whenever a film uses a video game or novel for cinematic use, details are bound to get lost. Unfortunately, Silent Hill: Revelations is no exception to this rule. Sources indicate the film is based on the video game, Silent Hill 3. The plot is straightforward whereby the daughter of Rose, Heather, returned to Silent Hill to try to find her father. But the story lacked character development and was difficult to feel any sense of remorse for the protagonists. At times, the story also felt rushed in certain segments and did not provide additional explanations when needed. For example, in one scene, Detective Douglas Cartland, tries to warn Heather not to go to Silent Hill. But not five minutes later, he is killed off and never seen again. In another scene, Heather is seen carried away by a monster but soon is able to kill it without much struggle. In this way, what the film made up for in CGI effects, it lacked in depth and substance.
The progression of the Silent Hill films are technically, Silent Hill 1 and then Silent Hill 3 in terms of the video games. It was not until the end of this film that the story began where Harry Mason, Heather’s father, starts looking for his wife which is technically, Silent Hill 2. This film shows Harry going into the mist in search of his wife and bypasses the second game altogether. It is a shame because Silent Hill 2 is by far the creepiest and most interesting story in the entire series.
Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) did a good job at incorporating some of the same disturbing imagery that is seen in the video game. However, the film’s adaptation, taken as a whole, did not do the Silent Hill franchise justice and unfortunately fell short of the mark.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) two graves out of five graves.
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