Silent Hill is one of the most popular video game franchises ever. Full of tense atmosphere, original story and creative creature design, it was one of the first video games to really embrace horror and scare the pants off gamers. When the film adaptation hit screens in 2006, it was met with lukewarm reviews, stories of a troubled production and low box office receipts, but it has since found a nice cult status among horror fans. The demand for a sequel has always been present, which brings us to just that with Silent Hill Revelation.
Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her father Harry (Sean Bean) have been on the run for years since escaping the clutches of Silent Hill. On the eve of her 18th birthday Harry disappears and Heather fears that she must return to Silent Hill in order to rescue him. But she may not return as Silent Hill has been calling her back.
I was really anticipating this sequel, I was a big fan of the original and the trailers really seemed to ramp up the atmosphere for the sequel. While the atmosphere was indeed great in Silent Hill Revelation, it was not enough to save it from a tired and repetitive story and a dull pace. And come to think of it, although the look of the film was very reminiscent of the first Silent Hill, the effects in this one looked less organic, more processed. I remember being impressed with the dirty and authentic feel of the sets and effects in the first film, but in Revelation they seemed to be overly processed and synthetic in comparison. The other downfall of Silent Hill Revelation was the awful dialogue. While Clemens was okay (man does she look like Michelle Williams), Kit Harrington as the convenient love interest was terrible. We know Harrington can act as evidenced in Game of Thrones, but here his dialogue is stilted and in some parts, almost moronic. I don’t think this is Harrington’s fault, I just think this is a very lacklustre script full of silly lines. Example, Clemens character pulls out a gun and lays it in front of her and Harrington’s character. He responds to this by saying “Is that a gun?” Seriously? And when they talk to each other about their dark pasts, Harrington actually says “’Yer pretty fucked up, but I don’t know… I think you’re goofy-fun inside.” Goofy fun? Yeah, this is a bad script.
The Blu-ray from Alliance at least makes up for the faults of the film itself. This is one awesome looking Blu-ray. Every detail of the crazy Silent Hill transformations is gloriously beautiful with rich colors, amazing detail and clarity and a nicely immersive soundtrack. If only the movie had been better, this could have been a contender for one of the best Blu-ray’s of the year so far.
Available February 12, 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD.