Silent Hill
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A mother and daughter flee to a strange abandoned town to seek out answers to the daughter's nightly psychological turmoil in Brotherhood of the Wolf director Christophe Gans' adaptation of the popular survival horror video game. Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) is a very sick child, yet rather than seeing her child suffer the cruel indignities of the medical profession, Rose (Radha Mitchell) ignores her husband's (Sean Bean) pleas and absconds with her ailing daughter to the fog-enshrouded town of Silent Hill. A town drenched in darkness and inhabited by a strange collection of menacing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"French director Christophe Gans's adaptation of the Silent Hill computer game is visually inspired and thematically ambitious, yet ultimately uninvolving."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Structured around a series of blackouts and gross-outs, Silent Hill is one long free fall through icky surrealism and underlighted nightmares."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Visually arresting but only sporadically enthralling."
‑ Gary Dowell, Baltimore City Paper
"When everything starts being explained, the mystery evaporates and the world of the game loses its eerie bafflement."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"although it is rarely if ever jump-out-of-your-seat scary, Silent Hill is an unremittingly creepy municipality of the mind where motherhood, mystery and madness have come home to stay."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Stuffed with cheap effects and devoid of tension, this French-Japanese-U.S. co-production contributes exactly zilch to the rich film history of those three nations."
‑ Bill Gallo, Village Voice
"A great-looking but stupefyingly incoherent supernatural thriller,"
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"It's one of the best video game adaptations I've seen in years."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The latest, most ambitious and perhaps least comprehensible video game adaptation in recent memory."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Silent Hill starts out at point A and then goes so quickly, loudly and visually over-the-top that it flies completely off the rails into its own glorious weirdness."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"Silent Hill is mostly paralyzing in its vagueness."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Though Silent Hill's shoddy dialogue and incoherent story constantly irritate, several sights and scenes possess a certain surreal grandeur."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"Whilst not as atrocious as some other films that have opened this year, the truely woeful story and quality of Silent is saved only by its occasion moments of visual flair, and its all over effective creepy atmosphere."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"If you like your nightmares served upfront without the clutter of dramatic structure, then Silent Hill should be your next stop."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Director Christophe Gans charges, hell-bent, right over the plot and winds up with not much more than an oppressive 125-minute running time."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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