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Silent Hill: Revelation was released today, and unfortunately for fans of the video game, the reviews have been less than favorable. In fact, it seems that every critic who reviewed the film (of which there were almost zero "famous critics") mentioned the fact that the movie may be appealing to fans of the video games, but for them, as non-gamers, it was terrible.
To make things worse, a lot of these reviews question why a sequel was made in the first place, as if nobody desired it. Also, Adelaide Clemens isn't exactly getting praised for her performance, which is worrisome for the upcoming Great Gatsby movie, in which she also appears. At least fans of both the Silent Hill games and Game of Thrones should enjoy the recognizable game characters and the appearances of Jon Snow and his father Eddard Stark!
Alas, things aren't looking up....
As far as we know, no critics loved this movie. If you find an extremely positive review, please post a link the comments section.
Thought It Was Okay
Score: 2 out of 4 stars
Excerpt: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D has the fatal problem common to most video games adapted to the screen. The interactive game allows players a fighting chance to determine the outcome (Silent Hill 3 even has “normal” and “possessed” settings). The set-in-stone screen version enforces passive viewing, which 3D does nothing to improve. And so we sit, slack-jawed and gaping, as protagonist Heather endures a ghastly opening dream sequence that makes A Nightmare on Elm Street seem like restful slumber.
Score: 1.5 out of 4 stars
Excerpt: The exhaustion sets in early and is increasingly wearying: overlong reminders of the events of the first film, as well as additional catch-up information about the events which occurred between the first film and the second, segue into extended and entirely perfunctory conversations about character motivations and feelings, and this is all before any of the film's titular revelations are laboriously disclosed.
Score: 1.5 out of 4 stars
Excerpt: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D has much the same problems as the 2006 original. It’s like watching a recording of someone else playing a video game. You have no control and you have nothing invested in the characters or the outcome.
Score: 6 out of 10
Excerpt: As far as sub-literate, incomprehensible pieces of garbage are concerned, ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D‘ is one of the year’s best. With an asinine plot, risible dialogue and atrocious acting, this sequel to a half-remembered video game adaptation still manages to provide a great number of base thrills with its nightmarish imagery. As such it is a quagmire of dread both within and without, disturbing to watch and to think about.
Excerpt: While the script really is a mess, the strangeness of the entire affair has a train wreck quality to it that keeps you interested. There are some truly strange moments with unique creature work that is both frightening in design but comical in execution. There’s a silly moment where they enter a room with deformed nurse dummies in high heels. They randomly start stabbing at things every time someone in the room moves. It is an unintentionally funny moment but also kind of cool. The world sucks you in, but eventually all of the constant jumps (false and real) get a bit tiring.
Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Excerpt: Unfortunately, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is a mixed bag of creepy and downright captivating visual set-pieces coupled with melodramatic dialogue and an overly-complicated storyline. For every interesting creature moment that Bassett presents, there’s one or two lengthy scenes of convoluted and campy exposition that, instead of heightening the tension, deliver eye-rolling exchanges and provide unintentional laughs. The result? A movie that is easy to recommend to fans of the game (Bassett nails a diverse mix of creature encounters) but fails to hit the necessary benchmarks for non-gamer mass appeal.
Score: 1.5 out of 10
Excerpt: Let me get this out of the way first: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is a bad movie. A bad, bad, bad, bad, stupid, pointless movie. This is not the part of the review where I tell you that it’s “so bad it’s good,” or even admit that there is some aspect of the production that deserves special credit for overcoming the film’s otherwise inherent incompetence.
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