Based upon the very popular horror action video game, Silent Hill stars Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) as Rose, a desperate mother who takes her embraced child, Sharon, to the town of Silent Hill in an attempt to treat her of her condition. After a violent auto accident, Sharon vanishes and Rose starts her desperate search to obtain her back. She descends into a fog of smoldering ash and into the center of the twisted reality of a town's terrible trick. Pursued by grotesquely warped creatures and a townspeople stuck in long-term purgatory, Rose starts to uncover the reality behind the apocalyptic disaster that burned the town 30 years back. Attempt to step inside the dreadful town of Silent Hill, where darkness take advantage of every soul and Hell's developments await around every corner. However understand that once you get in ... there is no reversing.
< br/ >< br/ > A lot of movies can be referred to as "leaking with environment," but in the case of Silent Hill it's actually real. Faithfully adjusted from the Konami computer game by French director Christophe Gans and Pulp Fiction cowriter Roger Avary (both self-confessed video game addicts), this dark and grisly horror-fest is absolutely nothing if not a triumph of cinematography and production style, consisting of a very little and primarily incoherent plot propped up by a mystical maze of sets that actually permeate, drip, and ooze with the atmospheric evil of past misdeeds. Invite to the abandoned and constantly foggy ghost town of Silent Hill, where grey ash falls like snow, a disastrous coal-mine fire still burns in a hellish underground, and demons of different shapes and sizes make your worst nightmares appear like a walk in the park. It's here that distressed mother Rose (played by Pitch Black heroine Radha Mitchell) has taken her child Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) in hopes of discovering the source of Sharon's sleepwalking nightmares. What they find instead is a burned-out tradition of unspeakable evil, as Silent Hill's dark tricks are revealed. As opposing citizens of Silent Hill's meta-morphing underworld, Canadian actresses Alice Krige and Deborah Kara Unger seem to be the only ones who acknowledge this morbid mess as campy funny; Gans (who developed his visual style with The Brotherhood of the Wolf) and Avary take it far too seriously, and the whole movie is entirely devoid of any psychological hooks or plot logic that would make us appreciate anything that occurs. In crafting a loyal big-screen rendition of Silent Hill and its Playstation sequels, they've forgotten that movies play by a various and more requiring set of rules. As an outcome, they've made an impressive-looking but ultimately hollow horror movie that only Silent Hill game-players can truly value. -- Jeff Shannon
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