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West Volusia Beacon Movie Review — Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity
posted Nov 2, 2012 - 2:36:56pm
For those who are fans of Silent Hill, this sequel is a far departure. Though confused, the original attempted a sincere adaptation of the video game franchise. With Revelation, however, it appears they stopped adapting and just programmed a game without any playable characters. Sloppy computer generated effects and campy 3D barely nose out of B-movie territory; it feels less a film than a montage of video game cut sequences. To make matters worse, the central mystery of the film is hardly intriguing or credible. If at all, it succeeds in its expansion upon the original film's most memorable and disturbing imagery. Maybe a little too much...
Popcorn represents how fun a film is to watch—how funny it is, how exciting the special effects are, and how enjoyable the story is on repeated viewings. The perfect popcorn movie would be one that never got stale regardless of how many times you’ve seen it.
Fans may delight in the new role that the iconic Pyramid Head plays in this film. He's still the fearsome, hulking figure he's always been, but this time around he shows up quite a bit more. Revelation introduces a few new creatures to the horde as well, but only one that's truly creepy. The other major addition looks like a rejected character from Hellraiser. In fact, a lot of this movie looks like it drew inspiration from that particular 80s horror flick. Revelations certainly knows what it wants to do, but its production team can't quite cut it.
Though Revelation is nowhere near as good as Silent Hill, and its use of 3D is painfully cheesy, there’s something fun about it. The real litmus test for most moviegoers will be whether or not they’re already a fan of the franchise. It’s more or an adventure flick than the survival horror you’d expect based on the series from which it grew, and in that respect it's entertaining and unique. It just tries so hard and misses the mark that one can’t help but feel pity.
Stars & Popcorn grade: 1 1/2 stars, 3 popcorn
— Born and raised in the sunshine state, Patrick grew up loving movies. He’s currently attending the University of Central Florida and is a Cinema Studies major. Along with being the president of Stars and Popcorn, he’s a player in the independent comics scene.
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