Monday, September 6, 2010
Silent Hill Review
I never played the Silent Hill games. I start by saying that because the movie I watched for review, is none other than the movie adaptation to the very popular video game, Silent Hill. Since I didn't play the video game, although I knew of the video game, I can't comment on whether or not it's a faithful adaptation. On the other hand, I am a horror movie fan, and one that can hate on a film better than the Angry Video Game Nerd can sum up his hatred of bad video games...or not.
In 2006, video game fans wer treated with a great deal of creature design, CGI and dare I say horror when Silent HIll hit theaters like a freight train hitting...I dunno...a puppy?
This movie moves so fast trying to explain things and showing you visual horror cues that by the time you realize what's going on, you just don't care. There are character popping up and moving the plot along that really makes no sens, and that's being generous. Maybe the reason why the film's plot is hard to follow is because I never played the video games. For those that absolutely need an explanation, the movie comes down to a simple kidnapping/dream plot about a family going to "Silent Hill" and finding out what happened there. Repressed memory? Identity crisis? Dream sequence? It's all here in a variety of metaphors.
I usually ask or question the validity of film being scary, and this one is not worth it. I just couldn't get behind any of the plot points and can not believe that this movie was made with such a terrible pace.
The only thing this film has going for it is the visual style. Despite being heavily CG, there is a nice touch to it, however, it is not worth saving the whole film over. I'd much rather have latex and rubber suits than to seeing CG only film. This movie sucks. I didn't like it, and despite the fact that I own it, I'll just remain one of the negative reviewers to talk about this film.
On a larger scope, I recommend it to those that are looking to see "EVERYTHING" like I am. I'm a man of great longing to see everything, and at one point wanted to own every horror film, but now? I am broke, and just don't care nearly as much to own it all. See it all?
Silent Hill is not great, but maybe if you're high or drunk you'll enjoy it. I don't advocate either....but eh...what are ya going to do?