Opinion Piece: What Went Wrong With Silent Hill: Revelation?

When an announcement for a film adaptation of a video game comes out, you can’t blame anyone for being worried. Track record proves that the films are either below average, or downright terrible. In terms of horror adaptations, the only one that had a decent turn on the big screen was Silent Hill in 2006, which ultimately meant that there was going to be a sequel.

A sequel is what we got in the form of 2012’s Silent Hill: Revelation, written and by directed by Michael J. Bassett. However, not many of the original crew returned except actor, Sean Bean while Deborah Kara UngerĀ and Radha Mitchell made cameos, respectively. What we got in Revelation was a cheaper, cheesier film that seemed to be more interested in its slow-motion effects than presenting a half-decent script with interesting characters. It was not only a terrible Silent Hill film, but also a terrible horror film. Lacking an real suspense, what we’re left with is Adelaide Clemens screaming for ninety minutes.

The film has an abysmal 7% approval on Rotten Tomatoes , with the average rating being 2.9/10. For your pleasure, I’ve chosen three different critic summaries, which, to be honest, nails it:

Rafer Guzman, writing in Newsday, called the film incredibly boring as well as totally baffling. Well, there isn’t much more to add on to that.

Andy Webster, of the New York Times, summed it up by saying that its plastic characters are overshadowed by the effects in the film, which is one of its core problems.

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Olsen stated that the two minute trailers before the film had a better story than the actual film. Yup, it’s true.

It’s easy to see where Silent Hill: Revelation went wrong. The ironic thing is that the film is also listed under mystery, which is a bigger mystery than anything ever presented in the Revelation’s story.


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