Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand, Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever. (IMDB)
Heather Mason (previously Sharon (movie) or Shannon (game) ) is a teenager, moving around with her father Harry Mason (previously Christopher da Silva). They are on the run for something but she can’t remember quite what it is. She is plagued with strange nightmares and she knows that something is trying to get her. She dyes her hair and changes her name in order to stay hidden and as far as she knows, it’s working pretty well. That is, until a Private Investigator, Douglas Cartland, finds her and tells her that her family is looking for her and that they want her to come home to Silent Hill. He soon gets killed in the Nightmare world by a fearsome monster with razorblades sticking out of it’s head. Frightened to death she goes home, accompanied by the handsome young Victor, who goes to her school. At home, she sees that her father has been abducted. There is a message on the wall saying “Come to Silent Hill” (or something similar). So, without questioning, she goes to Silent Hill to save her father.
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I was really looking forward to watching this film. I liked the first one quite a bit and I’ve played Silent Hill 2 and 3. I guess you can say I’m a bit of a fan of the Silent Hill universe. I thought the movie started out pretty well with a nice mixture of the Game storyline and connecting the storyline to the first movie. However, this grew to annoyance pretty quickly when the PI was killed at the mall. He was supposed to stick with her throughout the entire game (movie). However, in this film they chose Victor to accompany her, someone who has but a small role in the actual Game. But, I guess I can see the appeal of a handsome boy over a middle aged man.
The movie moved pretty fast. Where I spent hours finding clues and solving puzzles, movie Heather knows what she has to do and walks straight to her target. I understand why this has to had to be done. Obviously you can’t have her run around a hospital for three hours but still.. I would have liked the puzzle element to have made an appearance in the film.
And the ending.. gosh. I mean.. they started out all right, following the storyline as set by the game but then in the end they just dropped it. They half-assed it. They didn’t commit. They went half way and then just.. went in a different direction. Why?! I guess this is the feeling that loads of people had after watching the first Silent Hill movie, which is based on the first Silent Hill game. It was following the storyline pretty well until it just didn’t. I now understand the frustration that they must have felt. I just don’t understand why they blatantly leave out the God breeding part (if you’re a fan you’ll know what I’m talking about). Even worse, they name it and then it’s just gone. Huh?
Where at the ending in the Game, Heather battles and kills the God of the Cult, which is bred by Heather and then birthed by Claudia (long story, don’t ask), in the movie there is a final battle between Claudia (who turns out to be the razorhead monster … eugh) and Pyramidhead (wtf, where did he come from?! He isn’t in the game at all). Pyramidhead saves the day (again, wtf?! Since when is Pyramidhead the good guy?) and Heater and Daddy get out of Silent Hill alive.
I was severely disappointed by the ending. I had really hoped that they at least let Heather beat whatever who was responsible but she just stood and looked scared while Pyramidhead did the dirty work. Again, I understand why Pyramidhead was in the movie. He is the face of the franchise, isn’t he? People love the guy. But he wasn’t supposed to be there.
I think that the movie is good if you’re not a big fan of the games or if you don’t know the storyline very well (or at all). If you do, this movie is bound to be a disappointment.