Silent Hill: Revelation Blu-ray Review (Mania.com)

By:Tim Janson
Review Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Source: Mania.com

Silent Hill: Revelation is a sequel to the 2006 film Silent Hill.  Perhaps had they waited another dozen years they might have got it right.  Silent Hill: Revelation tries to follow the old adage that if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance you baffle them with bulls**t.  At the end of the previous film Rose Da Silva and her daughter Sharon were trapped in the town of Silent Hill.  As this film opens, Rose is able to contact her husband Christopher (Bean) through a mirror and send him their daughter by using a half of a magical amulet.


Years later, Sharon (Adelaide Clemens) is now a teenager and her and her father are constantly on the run, moving from town to town.  Sharon, now calling herself Heather thinks they are on the run from the police after her father killed a man but in reality, her dad is keeping them a step ahead of the dark forces of Silent Hill who want to get Sharon back.  Sharon begins having visions of the nightmare world of Silent Hill.  She rushes home to meet her dad only to find him missing and a message scrawled in blood on the walls urging her to “Come to Silent Hill”.  


She heads to Silent Hill, joined by Vincent (Kit Harrington), a classmate she has just met.  Vincent reveals he is the son of a cult leader, Claudia (Carrie Anne Moss) who sent him to bring her back to Silent Hill.  It’s revealed that Sharon was given a part of the soul of the evil Alessa who controls Silent Hill and the cult wants her in order to defeat Alessa.  As Sharon makes her way through Silent Hill she encounters its many familiar horrific monsters including the gigantic Pyramid Head and spider made up of body parts from manikins.  This all leads to a showdown with the cult who wants to use Sharon’s soul to give birth to their God.


Silent Hill: Revelation is an out-of-control mess that tries to hypnotize you with visuals so you won’t drive an icepick into your scull trying to figure out its incomprehensible plot.  The action jumps from scene to scene with nary a thought given to making sense.  In one part, Heather is supposed to meet her father at the mall.  While there she’s assaulted a monster that kills a private detective who was trying to help her.  She leaves the mall, apparently forgetting about meeting her dad and instead heads home to find him.


Director Michael J. Bassett tosses one monster after another onscreen but while they look cool they serve only to try and distract you from the silliness taking place.  Bassett succeeds in taking a maniacally twisted videogame series and turns it into a boring CGI mess.  Even Malcolm McDowell, who evidently has given up reading the scripts he’s sent, is wasted as one of the CGI monsters.  If this really were a game you’d be ejecting it from your Playstation 3 and hurling it out into the street.  


Blu-Ray Extras


Adding insult to injury the Blu-ray comes with one scant feature, “A look Inside Silent Hill: Revelation” a short, three-minute interview with the cast who can barely contain their embarrassment at being involved in the film.




Mania Grade: D-
Rated: R
Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell
Written By: Michael J. Bassett
Directed By: Michael J. Bassett
Original Year Of Release: 2012
Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment
Special Features: See Below
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