'Silent Hill: Revelation 3D' Review: Awful in Any Dimension
"Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" is one of the worst movies of the year. The story, dialogue and acting is bad. Why Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones") or Malcolm McDowell ("A Clockwork Orange") would want to be involved in this disastrous "horror" film is beyond me.
"Silent Hill: Revelation" is the sequel to 2006's "Silent Hill," based on the popular survival horror video game which starred Bean and Radha Mitchell. In the first film, Rose (Mitchell) takes her daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) to the creepy town of Silent Hill in order to get answers on why her child is suffering vicious nightmares. While they are there, the foggy town sucks Sharon from Rose's grasp and the whole film consists of Rose battling ghouls and zombies in order to get her daughter back.
"Revelation" sort of picks up where "Silent Hill" left off, but this time it's about father Chris (Bean) and daughter, who is now a teenager and for some reason, named Heather (Adelaide Clemens). Chris is trying to protect his daughter from the Brotherhood that has taken her mother and is now trying to take Heather as one of their own. Heather doesn't know her true past, the real reason her mother is missing and why she continues to have violent dreams about Silent Hill.
When Heather's dad disappears and is taken to Silent Hill, she stops at nothing to find the town and get him back. With the help of her new friend Vincent ("Game of Thrones'" Kit Harington), the two set off to find the town filled with creepy crawlers, witches and spider creatures.
Basically, "Revelation" is the same stupid movie as the first, with now the daughter being the central character. The story is boring and it doesn't make much sense. The screenplay contains the cheesiest dialogue in film all year and the romance that ensues between our heroine and Vincent, the guy she's known for five minutes, is gimmicky.
Carrie-Anne Moss has a weird role as one of the villains, but she looks like an albino witch mixed with Legolas from "The Lord of the Rings." McDowell also has a bizarre cameo somewhere in the second act. It's so bad and random, that my first thought was he must've have gotten paid a fortune to appear in this film.
In this case, the 3D is used to inflate the ticket price and doesn't offer any additional aspects to the film. If, for some reason, you were a fan of the first film or of the video games and you choose to see "Revelation," make sure you see it in 2D. But if you are looking for a scary movie to see in honor of Halloween weekend, I would recommend "Paranormal Activity 4" or "Sinister."