In a genre full of mediocrity, it's generally agreed that Silent Hill is the best movie to date that's based on a video game. Six years later does Silent Hill: Revelations match the eerie mysteriousness of its predecessor or does it succumb to the video game curse?
Rahda Mitchell and Deborah Kara Unger who play two of the lead characters in the first film are criminally underused in minor cameos which actually perform the same task of providing the aforementioned summaries of the first film. Kit Harrington and Clemens are really trying but the nonsensical plot wastes their efforts. Carrie Anne Moss is also vastly underutilized in her role as leader of the mysterious order hellbent on capturing Clemens' character. Yet, for the very definition of underutilization we have to look at Malcom McDowell's character in the film. In the film for a total of about 5 minutes he too only serves the purpose of clumsily info dumping necessary plot fodder to move the story along. With a cast including Moss, McDowell, Bean and Harrington it's baffling that they're given so little to do. The film's actual dialogue is ok, having only a few cringe-worthy moments, overall it's still serviceable. The failure of this film lies within the story itself, it's about as creative as a square-shaped wheel. The decision making that occurs in this film actually produced out-loud laughter at certain points. The worst decision by far however, is the fact that the big questions left from the first film, the hook ending of the mother and child still being trapped in an alternate dimension was solved in a quick 3 minute flashback told by Mitchell. That's just inexcusable and the film was destined for failure from that point onward.
The SFX are not as gritty and visceral as the first film. Everything in Silent Hill has a plastic, computer generated aesthetic which makes it hard for true immersion. The 3D adds nothing to the film whatsoever; aside from snowflakes and falling soot, there's only a handful of true 3d shots.
The film ends on another hook ending of sorts, with Sean Beans character intent on searching through Silent Hill to find his still missing wife who was supposedly still trapped in the alternate dimension but didn't actually show up during any of the present tense action. However, it's extremely unlikely that we'll ever see a threequel as the lackluster entry in Revelations has surely killed off this potential franchise.