Rated: R for violence and disturbing images, some language and brief nudity. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 26, 2012 Released by: Open Road
The nightmare existence of Heather/Alessa (Adelaide Clemens) places her and her father (Sean Bean) in the town of Silent Hill. A place filled with gray dust like the northwest United States when Mt. St. Helens exploded driving heavy dark powder on everyone and everything. That gray dark atmosphere is symbolic of the darkness in the gave creature filled Silent Hill.
The place is like a Black Hole, it sucks everyone who enters into space filled with demons and special effect creatures that attack humans who unlike in the game can not fight back. With no control the characters must suffer the uglies that appear. Without escape or influence the characters can't fight back and that raises the question of the value of the project.
Outside of her dreams Heather enters a Mall that has a tunnel connected to the insane asylum and a carnival, she spends a great deal of time running in the passages connecting the locations and under the real estate.
Sean Bean returns as the father who continues to search for his wife Rose (Radha Mitchell) as the film ends. Martin Donovan as Douglas is the man in the soft hat who chases Heather and friend Dahlia (Deborah Kara Unger) continues to hang around from the first film. Erin Pitt is the frightening image of a young Alessa/Sharon. Rachel Sellan quickly disappears from her human form into a mannequin girl in the dusty basement of Silent Hill.
Silent Hill is filled with ugly death and blood but there is not much to fear. It lacks frightening scenes which we expect when we buy into a film that is listed as (horror). Heather's dreams do come true, but they are not what she wants to happen and not what we want to see.
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