- This article is for the character seen in the film series. For the video game character, see Harry Mason.
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Not much is known about Chris's past. The original script suggests he is a professor. Chris's lack of backstory is likely due to the fact that he was never meant to be a major character in the film originally. The only thing that is known for sure is that he must have a high-paying job, given the house and car he owns.
Sometime prior to the events of the film, Chris's adoptive daughter, Sharon, begins sleepwalking. Her sleepwalking episodes become more and more traumatic, as she makes desperate attempts during these fugues to get to a place called Silent Hill, which she refers to as "home". Chris and Rose take Sharon to doctors and psychiatrists, hoping to solve her problem before she causes any real harm to herself. Despite the many doctors, tests, and medicines, the source of Sharon's illness remains elusive, leaving Chris to decide that Sharon must be institutionalized for her own safety.
After a dramatic sleepwalking episode that almost saw Sharon throw herself over the edge of a cliff, Chris's wife, Rose, becomes desperate to help her child. Despite Chris's objections, Rose flees with Sharon, heading to the town of Silent Hill, West Virginia. He desperately tries to stop her, even cutting off her credit cards to keep her from getting to her destination. When Chris is finally able to reach Rose by phone, he tries to tell her that he loves her and Sharon, but Rose huffily ends the conversation. Chris leaves his hometown soon after, intent on finding Rose and Sharon, and bringing them home.
Chris stops by a gas station in Brahams and bribes the attendant to give him directions to Silent Hill. Soon after, he arrives at a bashed in gate leading to the town. He learns that Rose bashed in the gate with her car the previous night, in her desperate bid to reach the town. Chris is introduced to the detective in charge of the case, Thomas Gucci. Officer Gucci initially attempts to be pleasant with Chris, but Chris is distraught, and pleads with Gucci to help him find Rose, although he makes no mention of Sharon.
Chris and Officer Gucci decide to go to Silent Hill, and search the town for Rose. During the car ride through the town, Gucci suggests that he thinks Rose is "damned mad" at Chris. Their search leads them to Midwich Elementary School, where Chris calls out to Rose. At the same time that Chris is in the school's courtyard, Rose is as well, but she's trapped in the Otherworld, an alternate reality disconnected from the real world, and so cannot see or hear Chris. Despite that they are in different realities, Chris senses Rose as she runs past. He turns to see the door behind Gucci mysteriously open and close by itself; then races into the school and calls desperately for Rose, but she cannot hear him, and he can't hear her. Officer Gucci becomes convinced that the fumes of the coal mine fire are making Chris hallucinate, and he leads him from the school. As they leave the town, Chris accuses Officer Gucci of hiding something from him, and threatens to return. Officer Gucci tells him to let the town's history rest in peace.
That night, Chris breaks into the Toluca County Archives to look through Silent Hill's police records, believing that there is a secret that might help him find Rose hidden there. While looking through the records, he finds one with Officer Gucci's name on it. Curious, he flips it open and reads Officer Gucci's report detailing a 9-year-old child who was burned alive as a witch in the town 30 years before. Chris is nonplussed, and continues to read the report, uninterested in the story of the child. In the back of the folder, he discovers the girl's picture. He is shocked to see that the girl, Alessa Gillespie, is identical to Sharon. Chris then calls the Toluca County Orphanage, asking for information about Sharon.
He goes to the orphanage, and confronts a nun named Sister Margaret. He shows her the picture of Alessa, and asks if Alessa might be Sharon's birth mother. The nun becomes distraught at the sight of Alessa's picture, and cries out: "The story isn't hers alone, but all of ours!". Irritated with Sister Margaret's cryptic words, Chris grabs her violently and demands to know what she's hiding. Officer Gucci arrives then, and arrests Chris for breaking and entering at the archives, and for assaulting Sister Margaret. As with the nun, Officer Gucci is clearly affected by the picture of Alessa. He sits Chris down and tells him he's either of going to go to jail, or return home. He tells Chris that a group of religious fanatics did terrible things to Alessa, and that he was told the girl died that same night. He drives Chris to a spot near his home, and then allows him to leave.
The next morning, the phone at the Da Silva house begins to ring. Chris hastily answers, calling out for Rose. Though it is Rose on the other end of the line, all Chris hears is static, due to Rose still being in a separate reality. Chris hangs up and then takes a nap on the couch. He wakes up suddenly to find that the door to the house has mysteriously opened by itself. He runs to the door and checks the driveway for Rose's car, but he finds nothing. Dejected, he returns to the house.
Silent Hill: Revelation
Chris returns in the sequel Silent Hill: Revelation. It is revealed that after the events of Silent Hill, Rose appeared to him in a mirror, and she told him that she located a mysterious artifact, the Seal of Metatron, to bring Sharon out of Silent Hill's realm. Chris reunited with Sharon, but she lost her memories. To give his daughter a normal life, Chris told her that her adoptive mother simply died in a car accident.
Some time later, Chris and Sharon were attacked in Portland by a member of the Order, a religious cult who wants to kidnap Sharon. In self-defense, Chris killed him, and the two began constantly moving. As well, Chris dyed Sharon's hair blonde, and re-named her Heather. For himself, Chris chose the name Harry Mason.
When Heather is on the verge of turning 18, she experiences demonic nightmares. Worried, Chris simply tells her that they are nothing more than dreams, and reminds her never to go to Silent Hill. As a birthday present, Chris gives Heather a white vest, then hugs his daughter goodbye.
On the way to school, Heather is stalked by a detective, and she plans to meet Chris at the mall, but Chris doesn't show up, due to having been kidnapped by the Order. Upon returning home, Heather discovers he is missing, and heads to Silent Hill with Vincent Cooper to find him. During the car ride, Heather reads a letter left behind by Chris.
In Silent Hill, Chris is being held hostage by Claudia Wolf, who resents him due to the fact that he has kept Sharon hidden from the Order for years. He is seen being tied to a large statue of Valtiel. Chris and Vincent meet, and Vincent later tells Heather that Chris is in the sanctuary beneath the amusement park. When Heather discovers Chris in the sanctuary, Claudia attempts to kill her, but Pyramid Head comes to Heather's defense, and kills Claudia. After Chris is rescued by Heather, he chooses to remain in the alternate reality to search for Rose, whose whereabouts are still unknown.
- Chris was originally an unnamed character seen only at the beginning and end of the film, but Sony refused to accept the script until a major male character was added. The characters of Chris and Officer Gucci were then added, along with the subplot of Chris searching for his missing wife.
- Chris is named after director Christophe Gans.
- Sean Bean was picked for the role specifically because of his physical resemblance to James Sunderland from Silent Hill 2. This is an interesting connection, because both characters (Chris and James) go to Silent Hill looking for their wives.
- Revelation goes even further to combine Chris's character with James, ending the film with him choosing to remain in Silent Hill to seek out Rose despite knowing well how dangerous it is.
- Actor Sean Bean has noted that he likes Chris's house and car.
- Chris's scenes were specifically made to have a film noir feeling.
- It is believed by some that Chris may have reported Sharon kidnapped, and that may be the reason why Officer Cybil Bennett stops Rose on her way to Silent Hill.
- It is notable that Chris never speaks of Sharon when first meeting Officer Gucci, despite that he is clearly upset about Rose being missing. This implies that Chris views Sharon as a problem and cares far more that Rose is missing than that Sharon is. Director Christophe Gans has stated on the official French website that Chris loves Rose more than he loves Sharon.  Sean Bean has also said that Sharon is "the only problem" in Chris's otherwise perfect life.
(French) Dans le film, le couple Rose/Christopher souffre d'un dysfonctionnement. Leur petite fille a un grave problème. Or la femme aime par-dessus tout sa petite fille, alors que le mari aime par-dessus tout sa femme. Cela conduit à la désintégration de cette famille et c'est sur ce sentiment de perte, de gachis, que repose beaucoup le film.
(English) In the film, the couple Rose/Christopher suffers a malfunction. Their little girl has a serious problem. But the woman loves above all her little girl, while the husband loves above all his wife. This leads to the disintegration of this family and it is this feeling of loss, mess, that relies heavily on film.
- According to a promotional flyer posted by the official Facebook page for Silent Hill: Revelation, Chris's age is 32 at the time of Revelation's events. However, this would mean that Chris was in his teens when he and Rose adopted Sharon. It's possible that Chris lied about his age after going on the run from the Brethren and changing his name to Harry. It's also possible that it's simply a reference to his video game incarnation, who was 32 during the events of the first Silent Hill game.
- Chris tells Sharon that the reason he named her "Heather" was because the namesake came from his grandmother.
- Though he continues to ignore his daughter's obsession of knowing her true identity, Chris has become an adept father and caregiver to the young woman he continues to not understand. This ordeal is relevant, as he chose to search for Rose instead of escaping Silent Hill with Sharon and Vincent.
- Interestingly, this is a complete reversal of Chris's behavior in the original Silent Hill, which depicted him as not caring for Sharon.
Silent Hill: Revelation
|Rose Da Silva - Christopher Da Silva - Cybil Bennett - Dahlia Gillespie - Thomas Gucci - Anna - Christabella - Sharon Da Silva - Alessa Gillespie - Dark Alessa|
|Sister Margaret - Eleanor - Colin - Lisa Garland - Order Soldier - Jennifer Carroll|
|Pyramid Head - Creeper - Armless Man - Colin - Nurse - Grey Child|
|Bowling Alley - Brahms - Brookhaven Hospital - Church - Da Silva House - Gans County - Grand Hotel - Midwich Elementary School - Nathan Drugs - Sacrificial Chamber - Silent Hill, West Virginia - Toluca County Archives - Toluca County Mining Museum - Toluca County Orphanage - Toluca Lake - Smitty's|
|The Brethren - Monster - Flashlight - Manifestation - Otherworld - Fog World - Real World - Siren - Great Knife - Welcome Sign - Brethren Symbol|
|Heather Mason - Christopher Da Silva - Vincent Cooper - Claudia Wolf - Leonard Wolf - Dark Alessa - Douglas Cartland - Alessa Gillespie|
|Rose Da Silva - Dahlia Gillespie - Suki - Travis Grady - Order Soldier - Detective Santini - Mannequin Girl|
|Armless Man - Delusion - Leonard Wolf - Lobotomy - Mannequin Monster - Memory of Alessa - Missionary - Nurse - Pyramid Head - Valtiel|
|All Hallows High School - Brookhaven Asylum - Central Square Shopping Center - Jacks Inn - Sanctuary - Silent Hill, West Virginia - Lakeside Amusement Park|
|The Brethren - Halo of the Sun - Monster - Manifestation - Otherworld - Fog World - Real World - Robbie the Rabbit - Seal of Metatron - Siren - The Order - Great Knife - Welcome Sign|