Reviewed by: Derek Hill
Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer
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|Featuring:||Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Deborah Unger, Laurie Holden, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen, Jodelle Ferland|
|Producer:||Samuel Hadida, Don Carmody, Victor Hadida|
“We’ve been expecting you.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A woman desperate to save her dying child finds herself trapped in an alternate reality as she searches for her daughter in a dangerous world of demons. Rose cannot accept the knowledge that her daughter Sharon is dying of a fatal disease. Over the protests of her husband, she flees with her child, intending to take the girl to a faith healer. On the way, she ends up driving through a portal in reality, which takes her to the eerie and deserted town of Silent Hill.
Sharon disappears in Silent Hill, and Rose follows what she thinks is her daughters silhouette all over town. Its soon clear the town is not like any place she’s ever been. Its inhabited by a variety of creatures and a living darkness that descends and literally transforms everything it touches. The human inhabitants—the ones who are left—are trapped and fighting a losing battle against the Darkness. Joined by a cop named Cybil, who has been sent to bring her and Sharon back, Rose searches for her little girl while learning the history of Silent Hill and that Sharon is just a pawn in a larger game. To save her daughter, Sharon makes a deal with a demon.”
Sequel to this movie: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D (2012)
Although I have not played the game on which this film is based (nor would I care to), I have to say that “as a film” it works from an artistic standpoint, but falls slightly flat in storyline, oddly enough making it a little hard to follow.
The plot starts out with a run of the mill “my child is missing” storyline (e.g., “The Forgotten”, “Flightplan”) that slowly turns into a hunt by both mom and dad to find their adopted daughter, who at this point seems to be of more importance than just her parents.
The abandoned town of Silent Hill into which this young girl has been drawn is inhabited by a sacrificial cult, a strange array of demons—that look as if they belong in a modern art expo—and the so-called Reaper (who I took to be the Devil). All of which are connected to the child in some odd fashion.
From a moral standpoint the film exceeds limits in violence. Let’s just say, a great misuse of razor wire in multiple scenes. And also a scene in which a woman’s entire skin is ripped completely off her body. Sex and nudity is slim-to-none. Curse words are moderate, although I think the Lord’s name is taken in vain a couple of times.
On an emotional and spiritual level, the film is rather disturbing, especially at the climax of the picture. This is not a film, in any way shape or form, for a child under the age of 17. Although the film leans toward excessive violence, it is not a gross-out gore (e.g., “Hostel”) but tends to be more artful, if you will, which in some cases makes the movie harder to watch—almost as if it were a living nightmare.
The message that I got out of the film is that evil only brings about more evil. And in times of anger and frustration we should turn to God rather than the Devil’s ways of revenge and hate.
The bottom-line is this film is not for anyone who wishes to remain sane. The only people who may enjoy it are hard-core horror fans of such films as “The Cell” and “Event Horizon”… or I guess (though I do not know for sure)… the video game.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Minor
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
“there’s the fact that Silent Hill did what it set out to do. The original game was essentially meant to scare the living bejesus out of the player, and it mastered many different tricks in order to achieve that goal. That included taking things that aren’t meant to be scary and turning them into monsters—like children, fathers, wives, doctors and nurses. It also was not afraid of using revulsion and gore to do the trick. The same applies to the movie.”