Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

Posted: June 23, 2013 in Movie Review
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Silent Hill Revelation

Directed By: Michael J. Bassett

Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harrington, Sean Bean, Erin Pitt, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell, Martin Donovan, Radha Mitchell, Deborah Kara Unger, Roberto Campanella

Subgenre: Supernatural

Synopsis: Heather must venture to Silent Hill to rescue her father and learn her true origins.

Thoughts: While the first Silent Hill wasn’t a great movie, it accomplished what it set out to.  It was a visual feast and followed the game lineage rather well.  Revelation looked like it aimed to continue with that approach, throwing insane creatures at the viewer left and right and neglecting to build characters or further the story.

I think one of the weaker aspects of the movie was the acting, which isn’t a shock for a horror movie, but Revelation actually has a pretty impressive cast.  Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss and Malcolm McDowell play supporting roles and each appear briefly on the screen, but when they do, they help the movie.  Unfortunately it isn’t enough to overcome the weak performances of Adelaide Clemens and Kit Harrington.  There characters were flat and often outdone by the visual effects.

Much like the first Silent Hill, the visuals really are the star of the show here, but this is something we’ve already seen in the first movie.  I thought that the only unique “creation” in the movie was the mannequin spider, which was pretty damn freaky.  The rest of the monsters were repeated or seemed to be lifted from Clive Barker’s playbook.  The Missionary at the end of the movie looked just like a Cenobite from the Hellraiser universe (or Cabin in the Woods even).  I thought one of the most potentially freaky parts of the movie was underplayed.  I would have loved to have seen more happen at the carnival at the end of the movie.  It was ripe for some really freaky imagery but was underused.

Director Michael Bassett is better known in the UK and has directed a handful of television episodes across the pond.  The only other movie I recognized on his filmography was Solomon Kane, the 2009 movie based on the pulp magazine.  Based on what I’ve seen from him, I don’t see him becoming a staple in the genre.  His direction was flat and uninteresting.

Overall I thought Revelation was anything but a revelation.  It seemed uninspired and played off the imagination and success of the first Silent Hill.  It was a major disappointment to fans and critics, but did enough to produce a pretty significant profit, so there is a pretty good chance we will see a third installment of the series.  Here’s hoping it improves over the second one.

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