Silent Hill - Revelation (2012)

Silent Hill - Revelation
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Strong horror violence and gore

Director: Michael J. Bassett
Actors: Adelaide Clemens, Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Radha Mitchell, Malcolm McDowell, Martin Donovan, Deborah Kara Unger, Kit Harington

When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.

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Status: QuickPick
Run time: 90mins
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Audio Formats: English - Dolby 5.1
Subtitles:
Running up that hill
by Richard Haridy,

Silent Hill: Revelation is quite an amazing achievement. It manages to not only contort itself into a form that is simultaneously convoluted and stupid but it also skilfully avoids any audience engagement despite a tumultuous whirl of spectacle and noise. It's an authentically bad piece of filmmaking. Sadly, not in a 'so bad it's good' way. Writer-director Michael J. Bassett initially opens the film promisingly, with a stripped back sense of mood and atmosphere that gives the false impression an unconventionally interesting picture is ahead. Following on from the first Silent Hill, we are reintroduced to Christopher (Sean Bean), who is now living under the name Harry in a new town with his adopted daughter Heather (Adelaide Clemens, playing the character formerly known as Sharon). As Heat...

Silent Hill: Revelation is quite an amazing achievement. It manages to not only contort itself into a form that is simultaneously convoluted and stupid but it also skilfully avoids any audience engagement despite a tumultuous whirl of spectacle and noise. It's an authentically bad piece of filmmaking. Sadly, not in a 'so bad it's good' way.

Writer-director Michael J. Bassett initially opens the film promisingly, with a stripped back sense of mood and atmosphere that gives the false impression an unconventionally interesting picture is ahead. Following on from the first Silent Hill, we are reintroduced to Christopher (Sean Bean), who is now living under the name Harry in a new town with his adopted daughter Heather (Adelaide Clemens, playing the character formerly known as Sharon). As Heather suffers weird flashes that shift her into an horrific alternate dimension, we learn that she has suppressed a past that involves the tormented title town.

After an interesting set-up filled with portentous dread, the feature stops dead for over 20 minutes to present a series of incomprehensible expository monologues that establish a dense, irrelevant, and overarchingly dumb mythology. From this point on, Silent Hill: Revelation begins an irreversible slide into awfulness that trades on every unimaginative horror cliché you can think of; from ominous insane asylums to twisted fun parks. It's the type of movie that has multiple scenes in which our hero walks down under-lit hallways with flickering lights and unexplained steam vents. The only semi-creative moment still plays on the old horror staple of an abandoned warehouse full of creepy mannequins.

Revelation is populated with actors we know can do much better - including Deborah Kara Unger! - yet everyone comes off looking amateurish and hammy (except Malcolm McDowell, who is a professional bad actor). Aussie newcomer Adelaide Clemens - bearing an uncanny resemblance to Michelle Williams - trades all her youthful charm in and manages to get out with some credibility intact. Ultimately, Silent Hill: Revelation is one of those awful films that we all should try to forget exists in the first place.

1/5

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Member Reviews (16)

Lloyd
says
A worthy sequel to the 1st and is based off Silent Hill 3 on the PS2 very loosely. Decent cast and plenty of action but a viewing of part one is a must even tho it explains well how it ties together. Sadly open for a sequel and a part 3 based off Bean's quest would be nice but I really enjoyed this.
Posted Sunday, 31 August 2014 See my other reviews
LOVED it! After reading some reviews before watching this sequel I was honestly afraid it'll be bad, but I gave it a go and I wasn't disappointed at all! The first one was more horrific, this one is more revealing secrets etc.
Posted Wednesday, 26 February 2014 See my other reviews
Margaret
says
I really found this hard to follow. It was just so,so,i cannot say it is a must watch. I found it very low grade .
Posted Sunday, 16 February 2014 See my other reviews
It was ok, but the story was confusing at times. Good cast though.
Posted Tuesday, 8 October 2013 See my other reviews
ColinJ
says
Boring, poorly-written mess of a sequel that wastes a really good cast. It trips over itself constantly trying to tie itself into the previous film as well as elements from the games. If it had stuck to being a new stand-alone SILENT HILL movie and had streamlined the incoherent, overly-complicated plot it may have had a chance at being a decent movie. To his credit writer-director Michael J. Bassett seems pretty aware of the movie's shortcomings, which he discusses with admirable candour in the commentary.
Posted Friday, 27 September 2013 See my other reviews
Heather
says
The most pointless movie I have ever seen. A waste of space and my time.
Posted Saturday, 22 June 2013 See my other reviews
dan
says
a bad attempt at making a film .lot of special effects but story all over the place
Posted Thursday, 6 June 2013 See my other reviews
peter mason
says
quite a good movie,really,but it helps if you`ve played the games.otherwise it could be a bit confusing.
Posted Monday, 13 May 2013 See my other reviews
D.M.
says
Maybe the filmmakers sacrificed other facets of good, or even reasonable, movie making when they decided to invest funds and trouble to produce this Silent Hill sequel for cinema in 3D, because on DVD without the 3D it's not much of a film, especially compared to the original. The original is a favourite of mine in the horror genre: it is classy and eerie with some incredible shock-value monsters (like the nurses). Sean Bean shows up in this poor-relation sequel with second rate appearances by Malcolm Macdowell and Carrie-Anne Moss. Maybe those actors will live to regret that they had a part of it. The dialogue is woeful - so stilted - some of the sloppiest, laziest dialogue I've heard in a film for quite some time. If you haven't watched the original Silent Hill movie, get that. But give this pathetic sequel a miss.
Posted Wednesday, 17 April 2013 See my other reviews
marion amber
says
Very disjointed storyline. Probably a hardcore silent hill fan would understand it....Silent hill is not an easy story to explain and they didn't do a good job in that respect but the set dressing looked really good as well as the monsters...very true to the game in the whole LOOK and feel but storyline needed some work. Widely panned by critics and fans of the game so beware!
Posted Sunday, 14 April 2013 See my other reviews
Harlowe
says
I did not see the first movie. If I had, I would not have bothered with the second. I did not look closely enough to realise it is a horror movie, but as horror movies go, it's a pretty bad one. Surprised to see Sean Bean in something like this. I think I have only ever turned off about 2 movies in my whole life. This was one of them.
Posted Sunday, 14 April 2013 See my other reviews
darhtdorian
says
Don't bother. The start is slow enough you want to yell "we get it.....now move on." This could have been a half hour episode of the twight zone but they dragged it out. But it is 1 star better than Universal soldier 4.
Posted Saturday, 23 March 2013 See my other reviews
Louise
says
you really need to see the 1st movie before watching this cause it won't make much sense. i loved the 1st movie & only liked this one. i found this movie to be enjoyable.
Posted Wednesday, 20 March 2013 See my other reviews
Phil
says
Despite a few good scenes and ideas, this is much worst than the first Silent Hill. The dialogues are especially very lame. The acting is poor and even some of the VFX look cheap. Furthermore the storyline is thin like there is actually none. I wonder if I will one day enjoy a flick with Sean Bean!
Posted Tuesday, 19 March 2013 See my other reviews
Johnson
says
Has everything it should (good acting, creepy setting) but turns into a jumbled mess of ideas and set pieces. Not only is the protagonist confused -- so are we. Probably best to give this a miss, unless you're a hardcore Silent Hill fan...
Posted Saturday, 16 March 2013 See my other reviews
DanP
says
Terrible.... really terrible
Posted Friday, 15 March 2013 See my other reviews
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