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By Lori Vetrano

Silent Hill

“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” makes great use of effects but falls short in entertainment value.

Economic times are tough, but, unfortunately, the only way to enjoy “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” is to drop the obscene amount of money necessary to experience it in 3D on a giant movie screen. “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” does not even come close to its 2006 original. However, the 3D effects do compensate for the lackluster nature of the rest of the film.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Silent Hill series, it is a movie adapted from the video game with the same name. The first film revolves around a mother named Rose and her young daughter, Sharon, who end up in a frightening town called Silent Hill that has a dark history. Rose quickly finds out that her daughter is not who she seems and also has a deep connection to the town and horrors that surround it.

Revelation is set a few years after the end of the first movie, where Sharon (Adelaide Clemens) is now a teenager who goes by the name of “Heather” to protect her identity. She has no recollection of her past or of Silent Hill but knows that she and her dad must move around a lot to protect themselves from the authorities.

Upon arrival at a new school, she proves herself to be a tough character when, after a girl pokes fun at her, she tells the class that she has no interest in being friends with any of them. She piques the interest of a boy named Vincent (Kit Harrington), who is also new and equally mysterious.  She is also pursued by a creepy private investigator, who later reveals that he was sent by a cult to bring her back to Silent Hill. She immediately calls her father and makes plans to run away, but upon arrival at her house discovers he is missing, and there is bloody writing on the wall that says, “Come to Silent Hill.” Determined to save her father, she and Vincent set off to Silent Hill and discover the horrifying truth behind her past and what the Silent Hill cult plans to do with her.

It seems as if the producers tried to give Silent Hill that video-game quality by having the actors speak in the cheesy, obviously scripted dialogue often heard in video games. Clemens shows almost as much emotion throughout the film as Kristen Stewart does in “Twilight,” even when attacked by grotesque monsters that would normally scare the living daylights out of anyone.

Despite the poor acting, the 3D effects are well done and add enormously to the horror effects of the film. What normally would not have been scary in a regular 2D movie becomes terrifying when three-dimensional creatures and weapons pop out at unsuspecting intervals.

Fans of the series will also enjoy the return of Pyramid Head, the famous monster in the movie, who gets more screen time and a more complex, positive role in this film. There are amazingly grotesque scenes that one could never imagine, along with incredibly creepy characters and decent fight scenes. However, the ending is rather predictable and tame, not to mention abrupt.  The story line is mediocre at best, with lots of gaping holes from the first film. The best part about this film is definitely the 3D effects, but even they may not be enough to justify the amount of money needed to see it.

“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” falls somewhere on the “maybe” line: maybe if you have the money, maybe if you have the time, maybe if you truly want some three-dimensional terror. Maybe you’ll enjoy it, but most likely not.

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