The Score: "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Is One Of The Worst Movies Of The Year"

Friday, Oct 26, 2012 3:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

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  • Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
  • Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell
  • October 26, 2012
Bloody Disgusting 2/5
First Showing 2/10
Screen Rant 2.5/5
Game Zone 1.5/5

Days away from Halloween, horror movie fans eager to add some blood and guts to their weekend itinerary need look no further than Silent Hill: Revelation 3D which opens nationwide today.

The new fright flick arrives in theaters Friday (October 26) and follows up 2006's Silent Hill.

"Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" is one of the worst movies of the year. The story, dialogue and acting is bad. Why Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones") or Malcolm McDowell ("A Clockwork Orange") would want to be involved in this disastrous "horror" film is beyond me. "Silent Hill: Revelation" is the sequel to 2006's "Silent Hill," based on the popular survival horror video game which starred Bean and Radha Mitchell. In the first film, Rose (Mitchell) takes her daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) to the creepy town of Silent Hill in order to get answers on why her child is suffering vicious nightmares. While they are there, the foggy town sucks Sharon from Rose's grasp and the whole film consists of Rose battling ghouls and zombies in order to get her daughter back. (Breit Bart)

The movie features a slew of notable actors including Deborah Kara Unger and Carrie-Anne Moss.

The acting is pretty much on par with your typical DVD rental, as well, with Adelaide Clemens taking the lead reigns as Heather/Sharon/demon girl. Neither she nor any of her notably known cast members (including Kit Harrington from "Game of Thrones") provide anything of interest. The most remarkable aspect about Silent Hill: Revelation's cast is that it includes Deborah Kara Unger, Malcolm McDowell (above), and Carrie-Anne Moss all apparently giving up an afternoon to film their respective parts. None of them are in the movie for more than 60 seconds each, and McDowell's role is so glaringly pointless that the man's name is surely the only reason it wasn't dropped on the editing room floor. That's not even the grossest example of meaningless plot points. (First Showing)

Much like its predecessor, the plot follows female protagonist Heather Mason.

"Silent Hill: Revelation" starts bafflingly, which actually is a pretty good tonal indication of what's in store for the rest of the movie, as young Heather Mason (Australian actress Adelaide Clemens, who looks like an even-more-cherubic Michelle Williams) awakens from a series of violent nightmares. (They're very tame but, since this is a 3D horror movie, feature computer-generated blood flung at the camera. They also owe a tremendous stylistic debt to Tobe Hooper's vastly underrated freakshow "The Funhouse.") She walks into the kitchen to talk to her adoring dad, played by Sean Bean, who was in the original film (we honestly assumed this was a full-on reboot), who gives her the rundown of her first day in a new school - she's changed her name, can't make friends, and has to stay alert. After all, there is an evil satanic cult that wants to bring her back to the aforementioned ghostly hollow of Silent Hill, for some nefarious purposes. Oh - and remember honey, safe sex! (Indie Wire)

The flick heavily relies on connections to the Silent Hill video game series.

While there are numerous ties to the 2006 Silent Hill in Revelation, the film starts with Heather Mason (played by Adelaide Clemens) - the guarded "new girl" in town. Game fans will remember Heather as the lead character in Silent Hill 3, and a lot of the same story elements are explored in the movie adaptation. However, instead of traveling to Silent Hill on a quest to avenge the death of her father, Revelation deals much more directly with Heather's origins: on her eighteenth birthday, she is forced to confront her mysterious past. Heather's search for answers leads to the Silent Hill Otherworld where she, along with friend Vincent (Kit Harington) come face to face with cult leader, Claudia Wolf (Carrie-Anne Moss), and a laundry list of twisted monsters - including iconic series antagonist, Pyramid Head. In order to survive the warped Silent Hill nightmarescape, Heather must learn the truth about her life and put an end to a ruthless "darkness." (Screen Rant)

Despite non-stop terror and action, many movie critics could not sign-off on the horror ride.

Overall the movie was bad. Not really bad but bad enough that I'm already thinking of putting it on my Top 10 Worst Movies of 2012. The only saving grace for me was watching Eddard Stark and Jon Snow be reunited again, this time on film. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, watch Game of Thrones. This movie should have been a direct to DVD release or at best a Syfy movie. I hate that movies force you to see their movie in only 3D. Animated films should be the only movies made in 3D. End of the story. Don't see this but if you feel the need to, rent it or see it at the cheaps seats. (Examiner)
Well before the end you'll probably find yourself fed up with the story and desensitized to the horror elements. That the central conflict of Revelations is solved with little more than an incredibly dramatic hug is just icing on a terrible cake. What I was left with was a very different nightmare than I hoped for: that I was looking at the next game-turned-movie-series to follow in the footsteps of Resident Evil. Now that's some scary stuff. (Game Zone)

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