Silent Hill

One of my favorite horror movies is Silent Hill. Yeah, I said it! Favorite. I know a lot of people have mixed views on this movie and I understand. It's one of those movies with an open ending that leaves you wondering. Is she dead? A different dimension? What!? What!? Help me! You know what fuck you movie! That was the main movie crowd who didn't play the games. The gamers were, like always, screaming betrayal like someone made Mario into a black guy from Daytona, Florida. For me on the other hand I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it. I never played the games but watched all the cut scenes from all of the games. Yeah, this movie took its liberties as such in Hollywood but it still was good.

The story goes as follows: Rose and her husband, Christopher DaSilva, are concerned about their adopted daughter,Sharon, who has been sleepwalking while calling the name of a town, "Silent Hill". So Rose takes Sharon to Silent Hill but as they approach the town, she is pursued by police officer Cybil Bennett. A child appears in the road, causing Rose to swerve and crash the car, knocking herself unconscious. When she awakens, Sharon is missing, fog and falling ash blanket the town. Rose wanders the empty streets of Silent Hill looking for her daughter but encounters monsters.

Rose meets a woman named Dahlia Gillespie who speaks of her own daughter, Alessa. Alessa was abused by the townspeople and claims that Sharon is Alessa. Rose then runs into Cybil, who arrests her. After they discover that the road leading out of town leads nowhere, they pair up to search the town. Meanwhile, Christopher simultaneously scours the town, shown to be abandoned and without mist and falling ash, with the assistance of officer Thomas Gucci. Christopher discovers documents revealing that the town was abandoned after a coal seam fire thirty years ago, along with a photograph of Dahlia's daughter, who bears a strong physical resemblance to Sharon. Rose and Cybil meet Anna, a woman who leads them to a local church for refuge. As they approach it, Anna is killed by the monster Pyramid Head.

In the church, Rose and Cybil discover a cult, headed by a woman named Christabella. Christabella tells Rose about a demon, who knows Sharon's where abouts. After convincing Christabella to help them locate the demon, Rose and Cybil are taken to a local hospital. There, Christabella learns of the likeness between Sharon and Alessa, and condemns Rose and Cybil as witches. Cybil allows herself to be captured by the townspeople in order for Rose to escape and descend into the hospital basement.

There, Rose encounters a burned Alessa on a bed and a being in the form of a girl who strongly resembles Sharon. In a flashback, Rose discovers that Silent Hill had a long history of witch burnings, stemming from the cult's beliefs. Alessa was stigmatized for having been born out of wedlock by an unknown father; her schoolmates bullied her, while the adults made no effort to protect her. Dahlia agrees to Christabella's suggestion that she allow the cult to "restore the innocence" in Alessa. When not allowed to follow Alessa into the ritual, Dahlia realizes that they intend to kill Alessa and runs to the police. Alessa was ritually burned, but in the midst of the ritual, a fire accidentally bursts out. When Dahlia returns with the police, Alessa is burned, but alive. While in the hospital, Alessa's pain and rage causes her "dark" side to manifest in the form of a duplicate of herself, who refers to itself as the "darkness inside Alessa." Alessa then pulls the townspeople into a world of "dark" dreams, corrupted by the injuries that were inflicted on her body. Rose learns that Sharon is the manifestation of Alessa's remaining innocence and goodness.

After the flashback, Rose is told that she must aid Alessa in her revenge by granting her entry into the church and that Christabella will soon find the real Sharon and attempt to burn her as well.Rose enters the church after Cybil has just been immolated by the townspeople, and Sharon is about to suffer a similar fate. She confronts Christabella with her knowledge of the truth, attempting to convince the cult that they are in denial of their own fate. Christabella stabs Rose, causing her blood to drip onto the church floor. The blood serves as a portal, which Alessa rises out of and proceeds to kill Christabella and the townspeople, leaving Dahlia, Rose, and Sharon the only survivors. Rose and Sharon return home; though they are in the same room as Christopher, who has also returned home, they cannot see each other.

Thank you Wikipedia, I couldn't say it better. But let me shoot some pros and cons. 

Pros, the whole world is so creepy. I loved the split world of Silent Hill. It looked like it was actually stuck in time. The darkness that falls over the town when the monster attacks is so haunting. A lot of the effects done are very impressive. I love the fact that this is a video game movie trying to give a shit and tell the story. The costumes were done well too, the scene with the blind nurses is so cool and creepy. The acting was done very well, it was like they gave a shit. And finally the dirty almost dry blood on every part of the set. It looks just down right nasty, I love it.

Now the Cons. This story is weird. Not the slight twist but the dream world. Was Rose dead? They never found her body so was she really in a different world? She was told she would be rewarded for helping. And if this is a dream world is Cybil dead? And why keep Rose within that world, is there something more sinister with Sharon is that really her? No answers. Its not like at the end of Shutter Island where its a fair debate. It's the kind that pisses you off. The other con is it doesn't really follow the game. I can forgive that one, as I never played the games but loved the stories. It used its creative license but come on it wasn't that bad. Finally yeah, some of the acting while good, was hokey. I will admit that much.

But with all of that said this movie managed to kinda scare me a bit. I think its one of the best video game movies and it doesn't deserve the shit that it's been given. Oh yes! I forgot, it's sequel is coming out. I can't wait for it to fucking suck! Just being real.

3BlackGeeks Ratings-
Dee- B+
Cj- B+
Posted on October 9, 2012 .