By Forrest Hartman
Silent Hill: Revelation
Rated R for violence and disturbing images, some language and brief nudity
Available on: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, digital download and on demand
As a rule, video game movies are dull, lifeless affairs built around subpar plotting. Only rarely, however, are they as nonsensical and difficult to watch as “Silent Hill: Revelation.”
A sequel to the original “Silent Hill,” the movie focuses on a young woman (Adelaide Clemens) who – along with her father (Sean Bean) – has spent years hiding from a dangerous, supernatural cult. Although the two have taken many identities, they start the movie as Heather and Harry, a seemingly average pair trying to settle in a new town. It doesn’t take long, however, for the cult to catch up and land them both in Silent Hill, a largely abandoned community with a dark secret.
Although Heather doesn’t remember the events that occurred in the first “Silent Hill” movie, fans will understand that she is actually Sharon, the little girl at the heart of the story. Newcomers may be slower to pick this up, but they should at least get the fact that Heather is linked to the town of Silent Hill through some sort of otherworldly force. They should also have little trouble figuring out that Heather has the entirely unwelcome ability to suddenly materialize in frightening alternate realities populated by monsters. That, however, is about as much as anyone can be expected to comprehend.
How and why the dimension shifts occur is never adequately explained, but even if they were the movie would be a failure. Writer-director Michael J. Bassett does a nice job creating eerie visuals, and creepy monsters, but there isn’t a single sequence that’s particularly frightening.
DVD and Blu-ray extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette.