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Silent Hill (2006) - Film Review

A great hit with fans of the computer game, Christophe Gans’ 2006 film SILENT HILL seemed well worth a watch. There is no doubt that this film is technically flawless and breathtakingly beautiful. Because of this, I really wanted to enjoy it, but sadly I didn’t. What I saw was a disjointed story with silly dialogue which was hard to comprehend, but looked really good. Like getting the most beautifully wrapped gift, and opening it to find a steaming turd - it was more than a little disappointing!!

I normally try incredibly hard not to give the plot way - no worries!! Anyone who hasn’t played the computer game will be clueless as to what Silent Hill is about. Despite constantly going over the story for the benefit of such viewers, the film only succeeds in making it even more confusing.

Rose (Radha Mitchell) takes her adopted daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) to Silent Hill in the hope of curing her nightmares, the two become separated and Rose has to fight her way back to her Daughter.

The foggy saturation of Silent Hill is stunning and the cinematography, perfect. The attacks are slow and deliberate with no quick cuts, and incredibly effective. The faceless, twisted figures that writhe out of Silent Hill are truly terrifying, well they should be. The characters however take everything in their stride and are in no way disturbed by these horrifying events! We see Rose literally battle her way through level after level of the game Oops! I mean film. The dialogue is very simple (as you would expect from a game) and some of the decisions Rose makes are plain stupid. Sean Bean is wasted as Rose’s husband, Mr De Silva (for some reason he keeps his British accent too - which when put with a Spanish/Portuguese name like De Silva is absurd). His character is a waste of time. All of the cast have very little to work with, which explains why there isn’t one outstanding performance to note.

Reviews from fans of the game are that Silent Hill is awesome and very true to the game. I feel it is a little too true to the game and not much for the average movie going public to enjoy. There was too much info missing, the true horror was never transferred to the audience, who will spend much of this film mesmerised by its breathtaking beauty and the rest with their finger hovering over the eject button.

It is a shame that such excellent technical effects and wonderful workmanship were wasted on such a silly story and although there is a pretty gruesome climax, anyone who has seen Hellraiser has seen it all before, only better.

SILENT HILL (2006). Director: Christophe Gans. Writer: Roger Avary. Cast: Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim coats, Tanya Allen, Alice Krige, Jodelle Ferland.

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  1. I was somewhat disappointed in the moivie as well, but for different reasons. I have alway s been a big fan of the game.
    I was disappointed that the plot of the movie and the plot of the game had similarities, but were so different, they were hardly the same story.
    Although the movie has fantastic special effects and atmosphere. The acting may not be the best, but it certainly isn't the worst. In my opinion, Jodelle Ferland did a bang up job as Sharon/Alessa.
    All in all, its not the best, but I would still recommend it.

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