Silent Hill (2006)

Posted: June 22, 2013 in Movie Review
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Silent Hill

Directed By: Christophe Gans

Starring: Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Alice Krige, Roberto Campanella

Subgenre: Supernatural

Synopsis: Rose brings her troubled daughter Sharon to the abandoned town of Silent Hill in an attempt to cure her of her sleepwalking and visions.

Thoughts: Silent Hill is an adaptation of the hugely successful survival-horror video game of the same name. I have played only the first installment, but from what I have read, the movie is a mixture of all the installments. The movie plays out much like a video game, with the characters running from location to location, facing ghastly creatures that they must avoid or defeat. The visuals are absolutely amazing, some of the coolest and nastiest creations I have seen in a movie. The story is, for lack of a better word, video-gamish.

While the dialogue can be a little flat at times, I thought that the acting was pretty good for a genre movie. Although he plays a small role, Sean Bean has always been a favorite actor of mine, so it’s always great to see him get screen time.  Alice Krige plays a very creepy cult leader and her performance really builds on the horrifying imagery in the movie.

Christophe Gans and cinematographer Dan Lautsen really delivered here.  I can’t say enough how awesome this movie looks.  Gans hasn’t done a lot that would be familiar to American audiences, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that he directed Brotherhood of the Wolf and had Lautsen as a cinematographer there as well.  Brotherhood was another great looking movie.  Gans has not helmed a movie since this, but I see that he has La Belle et la Bête (French for Beauty and the Beast) due out in 2014.  It stars Vincent Cassel, another underrated actor that I love to see in movies. I’m sure it will be an amazing looking movie.

As the characters go from location to location, defeating “bosses” and locating clues, they uncover the secret of Silent Hill. In this aspect, the movie is very true to the games. I am not sure what more to look for in a video game adaptation. If you compare this to other video game adaptations, I think it would be near the top, maybe at the top for me. I liked it better than the Resident Evil or Lara Croft flicks, which were other successful adaptations.

Silent Hill is worth watching if for nothing other than the great visual package it delivers. The movie can be a bit vague or confusing at times, and it doesn’t flow well, but there are some sights to behold, that is for sure.


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