out of Five
Running time: 94
With its baffling and unsettled storyline, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is part disturbing, part daft, thanks to an incredibly poor script (which makes no sense whatsoever) and some patchy performances, but the sequel’s striking cinematography can’t be knocked.
What’s it all about?
Written and directed by Michael J. Bassett, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is the sequel to the original Silent Hill film (directed by Christophe Gans in 2006) and is based on the highly popular horror video game by Konami. In this sequel, 17 year old Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) is haunted by terrifying nightmares and hallucinations of Silent Hill and so moves from town to town with her father Harry (Sean Bean) in a desperate attempt to seek a normal life away from the doomed Silent Hill. When Harry mysteriously disappears one night, Heather is lured to Silent Hill with her classmate Vincent (Kit Harington), who has a peculiar and disturbing past of his own, to save her father and put a stop to the Order.
Wasting no time in getting stuck in, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D gets off to a promising start, pulling no punches in the gore department and setting a standard for the brilliantly vivid cinematography by Maxime Alexandre, which stays consistently good throughout. And its certainly true that despite its many, many faults, you can’t knock Silent Hill: Revelation 3D for its attempts in the cinematography department, with its lifelike special effects and satisfactory 3D elements.
Performance wise, Adelaide Clemens puts in an energetic performance as the distressed and terrified teen and Carrie-Anne Moss is intentionally terrifying as Claudia Wolf, the wicked leader of the Order. Finally, Silent Hill: Revelation doesn’t throw newcomers into the dark too much, offering a vague but welcome recap on the background and history of the previous damage caused by Silent Hill.
Despite the females throwing in some decent performances, the same unfortunately can’t be said of the male members of the cast. Sean Bean generally goes through the motions and his American accent is distractingly patchy, whereas Kit Harington is cardboard stiff as Heather’s male sidekick, Vincent. Perhaps though, the fault lies in Silent Hill: Revelation’s frighteningly lousy script, which is so poorly written and painfully corny that it’s a testament to Adelaide Clemens for making it work so well. The storyline also makes no sense whatsoever, but its constant energy ensures the film is somehow still reasonably entertaining.
A pointless sequel with no real structure and an achingly terrible script, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is just about saved by its prominent visuals and occasional jumpy moments. There are certainly worse ways to spend a Friday night.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (15)