I’m a little behind when it comes to watching movies at the theater, and getting movies reviewed thanks to work. I’ve been a week late getting around to both Paranormal Activity 4 and Silent Hill: Revelation. I probably shouldn’t have spent money at the theater this week. I found out one of my trees has some kind of ant that eats the tree, so I need to have that taken care of as well as have the neighbors pine tree cut back so it’s not over my roof. Always something when I think I am getting ahead of my bills to set me back it seems like. Anyway, I wasn’t real excited about the new Silent Hill film. I never did review the first film even though I did watch it while I was actively doing reviews. It was one of those rare films I decided not to review for whatever reason. I did really enjoy it though, more than most I believe since I almost always hear bad things about it. I guess since I never played the games, which was caused me a little confusion in the first film, I just wasn’t all that excited about this sequel.
Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) has been on the run with her father Harry (Sean Bean). Heather doesn’t know the real reason that she is on the run though. While she knows she is running from someone, she believes it is the police, after her father killed someone. What she doesn’t know is that someone was from Silent Hill and is trying to take Heather back there. She escaped once (first film) and Harry doesn’t want her going back of course. Heather knows of Silent Hill through her dreams, which seem to be getting worse lately. After a Detective finds her, who is working for someone in Silent Hill, he decides he has made a mistake and tries to help Heather, but it is too late. Harry has disappeared with a note of blood on the wall telling Heather to go to Silent Hill. Vincent (Kit Harington), a guy she has met at school, wants to help Heather, but he has a secret of his own as well. Can Heather survive a return to Silent Hill and save her dad?
As I said above, I have never played the games. I can’t say if it follows the plot of the games, but from what I understand from other people is that this movie picks up on the third game. The second game was more or less a stand-alone game, with the third game picking up the plot from the first game. Also from what I learned, Silent Hill: Revelation does a good job at keeping the plot close to the game that it follows. That is all and good, but one would hope that writer/director Michael J. Bassett will also make his film so that people who have never played the games can also follow along. Personally I thought the first film failed at this a little bit. As I said, I was a little confused with the plot, but I still enjoyed the film a lot. For this film, I can say that it was easier to follow without wondering what I was missing from the game. However, I did feel that the plot moved along a little too quickly at times. Maybe it didn’t, that is just how I felt. I don’t know if it was just because I knew more about the story this time, but it just didn’t have the same excitement as the previous film. I don’t want to say I was bored with the plot, but I guess I was waiting for something that never came. I can’t really complain about the film itself. I don’t feel that Bassett did a bad job in all honesty. I think with the first film offered so many cool visuals, at least to me, that it was hard for this film to top that. Instead of anything new, outside of the reason for Heather to go to Silent Hill, it had the feeling of just the same things from the last film.
There wasn’t a lot of things from a gory stand point for effects. There is one scene that stands out though. One of the scenes where pyramid head shows up and starts cutting off any limb that gets in his way. It was a good scene and one I wasn’t expecting. Not because it happened, but because I wasn’t getting that kind of vibe from the film at all. As I said above, expect some of the same visuals that you got to see from the first film. The acting seemed to be an issue for some but I didn’t have any problems. Pretty sure this is the first time I have watched Adelaide Clemens in anything. I enjoyed her acting. I didn’t care very much for Kit Harington, but that may have had to do with his character and not so much his acting. His character is one of those that wasn’t needed despite being one of the main characters.
I’m having a hard time finding things to talk about when it comes to Silent Hill: Revelation. It hurts that has been a week since I watched it, but that usually isn’t a problem for me. I may not remember everything that happened in the movie since then, but I almost always know what I want to talk about when a film is over. Those things stick with me even though sometimes I forget to mention them in the review. It isn’t all of that. It is just that Silent Hill: Revelation didn’t leave me with but a couple of things I wanted to talk about. That makes for a short review, I don’t like them being short. I guess I just feel maybe someone will think I didn’t put a lot of effort into it then. The ending of this film does leave things open for a third film, which sounds like the plot from the second film from the way it was left open. Despite my disappointment with this sequel, I would still be open to another film. More than likely Silent Hill: Revelation is no longer in a theater near you. I don’t think it did well since it was down to just one showing a week after opening at my theater. If you are a fan of the first film and/or games, then by all means check it out. If you haven’t watched the first film yet, then consider skipping this one. It will be a little confusing otherwise.
3 out of 5 I want to visit the real Silent Hill!