Sometimes buying a Blu-ray is worth the price simply to have a favorite movie on hand for repeat viewings. Occasionally, if the film wasn’t quite as strong as you would have hoped during its theatrical release, the extras on the Blu-ray make a purchase worthwhile because they elucidate the film’s production through additional features such as a director’s cut or commentary and behind-the-scenes featurettes. Unfortunately, the Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Blu-ray boasts neither an enjoyable feature nor worthwhile bonus material. Hit the jump for my review.
Written and directed by Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane), Silent Hill: Revelation 3D picks up about ten years after the events that occurred in the original 2006 film. Sharon, played by Jodelle Ferland in the original, is now the almost-eighteen-year-old Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens). Reunited with her father (Sean Bean) not long after her disappearance, the pair travel from city to city, trying to stay one step ahead of the nefarious organization who want nothing other than to capture her and return her to Silent Hill in order to use her to summon their powerful God.
Based heavily off of the Konami game Silent Hill 3, the sequel also weaves in plot points from the first film plus original ideas from Bassett himself. Unfortunately, the movie devolves into a boring and predictable prophecy-centric tale with few scares, unbelievably poor acting, terrible dialogue and sub-par effects work. I say this as a fan of the original film, but Silent Hill: Revelation 3D looks and feels like fan-fiction brought to life on a Kickstarter budget. The awful acting was the biggest surprise considering the caliber of such actors as Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange). Deborah Kara Unger and Radha Mitchell reprise their roles from the original and the filmmaker pays special attention to bringing the famous Nurses (and their breasts) to the screen once again. Pyramid Head, a fan favorite from the games and the first film, also returns in more of a heroic role (and also as a power source for a carousel…).
While there are glimpses of the fun and freaky franchise at play here, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D relies way too much on 3D gimmicks and cheap special effects. This is one adaptation that completely misses the mark. You feel every minute of it’s hour-and-a-half runtime. Even more disappointingly, the measly Blu-ray extras add little to the story, nothing to the experience and certainly do not justify a purchase. Save your money on this one and only rent if you’re absolutely morbidly curious about it (as I was).
A Look Inside Silent Hill: Revelation (~2 minutes) – A behind-the scenes featurette with commentary from Bassett, Clemens, Bean, Harington, Moss, producer Don Carmody, Unger and McDowell.
- Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: R (Restricted)
- Studio: Universal Studios
- DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
- Digital Copy Expiration Date: April 30, 2015
- Run Time: 95 minutes