Genre: Horror, adaptation of a video game
Cast: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Deborah Kara Unger, Martin Donovan,
Malcolm McDowell, Carrie-Anne Moss and Sean Bean
Director: Michael J Bassett
Synopsis: “For years, Heather Mason and her father Harry have been on the run, one step ahead of dangerous forces she does not understand. Now, on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and her father’s disappearance, Heather discovers she is not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deep into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever” (GSC Movies).
Verdict: Only fun to watch for those with a weak heart, otherwise you’re better off settling for something else on Halloween. The reunion of the two actors from The Game of Thrones (HBO TV series), Sean Bean and Kit Harrington, is sadly a disappointing one. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is a long-awaited sequel, but a forceful and pointless one, clearly because it was without originally planned writer, Roger Avary, whose job was taken by the director, who can’t write for nuts. The plot is very flawed and unfaithful to the instalment of the video game it’s based on (Silent Hill 3), and the scares are insufficient and way less disturbing compared to the first film. The fans will definitely find this one unsatisfying. Great visuals though.
Second opinion: “Scary but can be easily forgotten” (Iris Loong).
Most notable creatures from game featured: Red Pyramid, Nurses, and Mannequin Monster.
To watch in 3D? Perhaps only a 3D IMAX cinema can do justice to the great visual effects.
Malaysian censorship: All scenes with gruesomeness upon human characters are removed. How racist! These cuts affect the feel of the movie a lot ’cause without seeing how the creatures kill, how would the viewers know what to be frightened of?
Rating: 1.5 / 5
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A very flawed character: Kit Harington (better known as Jon Snow from The Game of Thrones) plays Vincent, a character that doesn’t make any sense from the beginning to the end of the movie. He is grown up in Silent Hill by two demonic parents with a mission to lure Heather (played by Adelaide Clemens), the protagonist, to the other dimension. He lived his whole life in a nightmare, which he calls his “reality”, but has an absolutely normal behaviour. He can even pull a joke and blend in on his first day at school in the normal dimension. He then falls in love with Heather, the girl he was taught to hate all of his life by his parents, on the very first day they met. As a light punishment for his betrayal, his mother sends him to the room of Nurses to “fix his mind” but the Nurses are a bunch sexy disfigured killers that won’t do anything unless they keep hearing sounds of movement. Dafuq?
The ending: Heather (real name Sharon) merges with Alessa and becomes the one who controls all demons in Silent Hill. Red Pyramid, Alessa’s huge axe-swinging bodyguard-cum-executioner monster, comes save the day by killing the cult leader who kidnapped Heather’s father, Christopher/Harry (Sean Bean). The nightmare has come to an end, the ashes stop falling and they are free to return to their own dimension but Christopher decides to stay to search for his wife and refuses the help of Heather. Why would he refuse the assistance of the new boss of Silent Hill who can protect him and order all demons there to help with the search? Heather and Vincent happily return to the normal dimension not knowing that they are murder suspects to the police. Before it fades to the closing credits, a few police vehicles can be seen going to Silent Hill and the ashes begin to fall again.
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Special thanks to GSC Movies for the invitation to the press screening of this.