Silent Hill: Revelation

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5.01 h 35 min2012X-RayR
Return to a place of blood-curdling chills in this shocking sequel where a dangerous revelation leads one 18-year-old deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever.
Directors
Michael J. Bassett
Starring
Adelaide ClemensKit HaringtonCarrie-Anne Moss
Genres
SuspenseHorrorAction
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Sean BeanRadha MitchellMalcolm McDowellMartin DonovanDeborah Kara Unger
Producers
Don CarmodySamuel Hadida
Studio
Open Road Films
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Foul languagenudityviolence
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TheoStixReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
Borderline "so bad, it's good." Only worth seeing for the most hardcore fans of the franchise or fans of bad B-movies.
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Years after the events of the first film, Sharon De Silva has gone on the run with her father, having been pursued by the remaining members of the dreaded Silent Hill cult. Now having adopted the names Heather and Harry Mason and started a new life in a new town, they think they are safe. However, Harry is captured and Sharon/Heather is forced to return to the horror of Silent Hill one final time to try and save him. She will have to face the terror of the Otherworld and the dreadful monsters and cultists that call it home, just as her mother did to save her so many years ago.

Even as an enormous fan of the source material and a pretty big fan of the first movie (despite its faults), I cannot bring myself to say that "Silent Hill: Revelation" is anything other than terrible. It's a fundamental mess that tries to both serve as sequel to the original film while also trying to adapt one of the more popular sequels of the game franchise... something that cannot organically happen, as the first film made some fundamental changes to the storyline of the games. The two mythologies clash horribly and thus the film needs to jump through constant hoops to try and reconcile the differences and tell a coherent tale.

The result is a messy mixture of plot-holes and constant ret-con work that confuses rather than enthralls, in addition to non-stop jump-scares, on-the-nose "3D comin' at ya!" effects and laughably bad structure and pacing. Basically everything the "Silent Hill" franchise is NOT. It stinks of "studio committee" writing... everything is soulless and so by-the-numbers as to be ridiculous, and it feels like writer/director Michael J. Bassett was likely forced to dumb it down for the widest possible audiences by the producers. I've actually quite liked Bassett's other work, and this definitely doesn't feel like anything else he's done. It follows the same awful formula of ending every scene with a jump-scare, throwing in nonstop nonsensical CGI effects, and leaving characters to go completely undeveloped as so many of the other more recent horror films polluting the big screen. It's on the level as that rash of Platinum Dunes remakes that haunted theaters a few years back.

It's honestly one of the worst sequels I've seen in quite some time. It is to "Silent Hill" what "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" was to "Mortal Kombat." A messy, in-your-face sequel with no coherent plot and laughable storytelling. It's to the point that it often borders on the brink of becoming "so bad, it's good." You'll definitely find yourself chuckling here and there at the awful writing and ridiculous low-budget look of many scenes. And to that end, I do think that people who enjoy crappy B-movies might get a kick out of it. I picked up a cheap copy for only a couple bucks, and it made for a good "bad movie night" with my friends as we riffed and ripped it apart.

So yeah... if you like bad movies, give it a shot. If you're looking for a serious sequel to the original film or a proper adaptation of the games, steer clear.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good sequel althought the plot was thin
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Silent Hill is a greatly underrated and underappreciated horror movie with an original story and great images. All the more surprising as it was based off of a video game. Revelation was the sequel featuring the daughter and father this time. It focuses upon the legacy of Silent Hill haunting the family.

There is very little story as the movie goes straight into the craziness. That’s via terrifying monsters and some gore. It’s like a nightmare come to life with unique images. For a follow up it’s not bad and they eventually get around to trying to explain what Silent Hill is about to give it more of a plot.
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Rita MichelleReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Everything that made the first Silent Hill movie great is missing from Revelation.
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I loved the first Silent Hill and I am a long time fan of the franchise. This movie has almost no aspects that made the first movie enjoyable. Monsters are not only few and far between but they are, lots of plot holes, so many eye-rolling moments one after another. The movie was too bright and polished, I'm sorry but a little peeling paint on the walls does not make it Silent Hill. Outside of a few cliche moments of horror, the movie doesn't really take off until 40 minutes in when they arrive in Silent Hill (the movie as about 90 minutes total). But even after that it just feels like it drags on and on. There are a number of really talented actors in the movie including one of my favorites, Sean Bean, but every line in the movie is delivered with the same, dull forced-ness. If you are a fan of the IP and the first Silent Hill like me, are curious and don't mind wasting an hour and a half of your life forcing yourself through this pile of garbage just to see how they messed it all up (there are moments where I felt like this movie just slapped Silent Hill mythology in the face, cough cough demon showdown fight cough cough) than go ahead and give it 90 minutes you will never get back in your life. If you value your time and want a genuinely enjoyable horror movie experience definitely skip it. To even compare this movie to the original would be a crime akin to ritually burning a small child.
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J. WrightReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
True Guilty Pleasure
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I gotta admit, the "Silent Hill" movies are my guilty pleasures. I can't make a damn bit of sense out of the plots because in the case of the original it is under-explained and in this one it is over-explained. Still, it has its joys. One thing I can say about the 3D in particular is that during many sequences, it is utilized nicely. After James Cameron had his resurrection of 3D and 3D filming became standardized, filmmakers for movies such as this, Resident Evil, Underworld, and other franchises studied how to shoot a movie in 3D so that it is utilized effectively. I can't say that space was established especially well, but the 3D flows nicely once we get to Silent Hill. It's used more to show depth than having things pop out at the screen and try to rip out your eyes (then again, this IS Silent Hill...). Longer takes are used in certain places and cuts are generally kept low. There's a particularly memorable sequence with a spider monster that has a body of doll parts who uses three heads to look around that will make you happy you're watching in 3D. Other things, like PyramidFaceOrWhatever slicing off arms and such, are done with consideration for 3D. Seeing the Silent Hill environment with its monster designs and rusty flakes of walls in 3D is very rewarding.

I gotta be blunt on the plot. I couldn't make sense of it. I will say that the characters kept explaining it in every scene where there was obligatory dialogue to the fact that it felt like the movie was trying to justify its own existence instead of just owning its ridiculous qualities and going back to deranged nurses with sharp objects like scalpels who can only move when another moves and are played by dancers. At a point early on in the movie, I just kind of ignored the plot and focused on Sean Bean and Kit Harrington as well as Carrie Anne-Moss and made Game of Thrones-related comments. Even Malcolm McDowell shows up in a scene and does something of his Clockwork Orange routine.

I'm sure extreme fans of the game who know what all's going on with these movies can tell you exactly what is happening, but when such explanations are offered, I just smile and nod. If you're really into this universe, you don't need me to tell you to see this movie. But if beautiful cheesy horror is a genre you enjoy and you happen to have a 3D setup, "Silent Hill: Revelation" is 90 minutes of ridiculous fun. For people who use the term 'film' to describe a movie that's deemed worthy of having such a title, you should not be anywhere near this product. For gory delights in surprisingly well-rendered 3D, this one's really not so bad. But maybe watch with a friend so you can talk over much of the dialogue.
5 people found this helpful
WALTReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
NOT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST, BUT WORTH SEEING
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IT WAS INTERESTING TO READ THE REVIEWS ON THIS. CERTAINLY THE FIRST EFFORT ON THE SILENT HILL MOVIES WAS LIKE ALIEN OR SIMILAR, WHERE THE DIRECTOR IS BREAKING THE USUAL MOLD. THE SPECIAL EFFECTS IN MOVIE ONE WERE SPECTACULAR. IN THIS
SEQUEL, THERE WERE ALSO BREATHTAKING SPECIAL FX, BUT NOT AS MANY AND WE HAVE SEEN SOME BEFORE. I RATED IT FIVE STARS BECAUSE THE ACTING WAS OUTSTANDING, ALTHOUGH, AGAIN, THERE WAS NOT A RATIONAL OR EVEN NON RATIONAL PLOT. THE ACTION
JUST PUSHED ON. WHEN THE DIRECTOR MADE A STORY BOARD, IT REALLY LACKED ANYTHING SEQUENTIAL. NEVERTHELESS,WE SEE SO MANY POOR EFFORTS, WE DO NOT LET THE PERFECT RUIN THE GOOD. INCIDENTALLY, I SAW THE FILM ......BABYSITTER WANTED........LAST
NIGHT AND IT WAS UBER OUTSTANDING. PLEASE TRUST MY JUDGEMENT. I NEVER MISLEAD MY READERS. ENJOY.🌈
Dr. Rotwang DockendorfReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Second Helping Tastes The Same
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I haven't played the games.

I loved the first movie so much that I didn't hesitate to watch this one as soon as possible.

I'm not going to lie; this sequel didn't bring the full impact of inexplicable terror as the first one. The introduction of a couple new monsters really didn't add any excitement. The premise of the lead villain was kind of weak.

However, I very much enjoyed going back to Silent Hill to get another serving of what I enjoyed from the first one. The actors brought their skills and were believable in their roles. The environment and familiar baddies felt like coming home from vacation.

I enjoyed this installment and I hope they follow through with plans for a third.
Emily L.Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth seeing
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I'm a Silent Hill fan from years back. Silent Hill 3 on the PC was one that ruled my nightmares for years. It was a game that I lost countless hours playing. I was excited to hear about this movie. In fact, there was a contest to create the cover art for the posters and I had the change to enter. Sadly I did not win the contest, but still was excited to see this movie.

I gave this film four stars overall because it did not give the level of intensity I was hoping for. I understand the difficulty of putting a multi hour game into a movie, but I was hoping for something a little more creepy, intense, and more closely following the game plot-line.

If you are looking for a scary movie, definitely watch this. It is well directed and the actors were interesting. If you are a Silent Hill fanatic, it's always good to check it out.
8 people found this helpful
Carter BowmanReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's Just Fun, Don't Worry About It!
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My fiance and I love the Silent Hill movies, not because they're scary, but because they're fun! Both movies are action movies with a spooky paint job, and they serve their purpose. Yes, there are GAPING plot holes. Heather gets hallucinations in the beginning of the movie... and then the hallucinations are real? Sometimes? As someone who grew up loving the Silent Hill video games, these are the film equivalent of an improvised Halloween costume of one of the characters - not good, but enjoyable. Plus, Pyramid Head is back. He doesn't need to be. But he is.
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