Whether you are into the “Silent Hill” games or not, we were constantly reassured that “Silent Hill Revelation 3D” was closely adapted to the “Silent Hill” games – more specifically “Silent Hill 3”. Yet with those high hopes, I sit here a little conflicted. I’m not really sure how I stand on the movie and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to convey why I’m not swayed either way towards this film. By swaying, I mean whether I recommend this film or not. I’m going to write my way through this review and see where it lands by the end.
Aren’t those the best reviews anyway?
Do not scroll down to find a letter grade ‘cause you will be disappointed.
Does filming in 3D equate to gimmicky 3D effects?
Perhaps the best thing I can say is that it was refreshing to see a movie filmed entirely in 3D. It definitely helped to convey the unearthly atmosphere that is Silent Hill. It’s only intensified by the impressive monsters which during San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and New York Comic Con (NYCC), Director Michael J. Bassett highlighted that 99.9% of monsters were not computer generated (CG). The only one that was CG was unveiled during a sneak peek at SDCC and even so I still wasn’t able to believe that. Sitting in the theater I was definitely in awe of the monsters and scenery.
Which leads right to the next section…
Movies based on video games are just loosely inspired on the games they are adapted from
While this is most commonly true, “Silent Hill Revelation 3D” is definitely more closely aligned with the games than the previous movie. From the static radio sounds to the deafening sirens alerting the encroaching darkness, you are definitely immersed within the familiarity of Silent Hill. But it’s not only that, there are tons of in-game “Silent Hill” references found throughout the film. It’s substantially apparent that Michael paid a close eye to detail and ensured that the film stayed in line with the “Silent Hill” realm.
Heather Mason, portrayed by Adelaide Clemens, is plagued by horrible dreams involving a town she doesn’t seem to remember. She and her father lead a nomadic life that is jeopardized when someone recognizes who Heather really is and threatens to tell the Organization their whereabouts. An odd series of events ultimately lead to Harry Mason’s (Heather’s father), played by Sean Bean, disappearance and Heather is left to decide whether it’s worth it to go against her father’s wishes and visit Silent Hill. Sounds familiar to “Silent Hill 3” doesn’t it. Too bad the ending wasn’t more like it. But I digress.
But was it scary?
Not so much. While the monsters were extremely intimidating, they weren’t at all scary. There weren’t any “Oh shit” moments for me but come to think of it, those moments weren’t apparent in the last movie either. But maybe I’m numb to the scare tactics of “Silent Hill” since I played a few of the games.
Do I need to know about the “Silent Hill” games in order to understand what’s going on?
To be honest, no.
“Silent Hill Revelation 3D” does a good job of explaining anything that would have been in-game lore. The movie is extremely well-paced which originally made me think that the movie was too short but I eventually realized that the movie is actually about 90 minutes long. While the ending had me going “Really?”, the movie’s plot was actually decent. However, I could see the ending coming from a mile away and it’s not even the game’s ending. It was too predictable and really could have lead to a lot more.
However, the film does a decent job of tying up the loose ends from the previous movie. But to be honest, this movie can stand apart on it’s own. There isn’t really anything from the last movie that isn’t explained in this one. Alessa’s evil and the existence of The Organization is explored further in addition to why Harry and Heather are on the lamb since the movie starts right with them settling into a new town.
So come on, can you give me a grade now?
If you’re looking for a scary jump out of your seat kind of a movie, “Silent Hill Revelation 3D” may be a miss. It’s a movie that akin to “The Ring”. A movie where it’s not terribly gross or vulgar but conveys an decent story.
So bottom-line – if you hate bloody over-the-top violence that is passing for horror movies and enjoy psychological thrillers similar to “The Ring”, you may enjoy “Silent Hill Revelation 3D”.
If you’re a “Silent Hill” fan, what are you doing reading this far? You have already decided weeks ago that you were going to check it out regardless of what anyone says. You will enjoy the monsters and the overall 3D-ness of the movie.
It’s a well executed movie with a questionable ending but not as scary as the games.