Posted By Shaun K. about 9 months, 3 weeks ago
A few weeks back, the topic of for the first episode of Thumb Wars was game to film adaptations. In the course of that discussion I raised the idea that simply regurgitating the plot points from a game would not be enough for such films. That they needed to a have a strong take on the properties and be able to bring something new to the table while also being careful to stay true to the spirit of the original. And while I did not actually mention the 2006 film Silent Hill at the time, it still remains a strong example of this idea in action. The live-action Silent Hill film managed to get so much right and even find a potentially interesting new take on one of the classic Silent Hill tropes, that being the relationship between children and parents. Only the film planned to look at it from the perspective of a mother, something the games have yet to do.
Where problems began was that a number of times in the film, changes where made to the original story not because of some strong idea on the part of the director or writer, but more seemingly simply for the sake of changing things. These changes had a cumulative effect and by the time the film’s dreadfully cliche ‘twist’ ending occurs, the entire affair more or less had collapsed in on itself. In many ways, a film like Silent Hill is far more frustrating and aggravating for me than say a Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li or House of the Dead because, unless those steaming piles of crap, it had real potential. Well now Hollywood is taking another shot at bringing Silent Hill to the screen, this time via the story and setup of Silent Hill 3. And as with the first film, judging by the newly release trailer only, they seem to be producing something fairly respectful to the game upon which the film is based on. At least at first glance. Check out the trailer below and see for yourselves.
So yes, aspects of that trailer actually look pretty damn good and true to the source material and it’s just enough to fill you with hope… Until you remember that the same was true for the trailers for the first film. Also, watch the trailer a couple of times and you will likely start to notice certain oddities that could bode ill for the final film. Particularly pay attention to *sighs* Pyramid Head (I know, I know, he is the supposed ‘mascot’ for the series but I really wish they had not felt the need to shoehorn him into the film) and some of the antics he seems to be getting up to. I am not saying to completely write the film off yet but I know I for one will be going into with a definite degree of skepticism. Prove me wrong filmmakers, please prove me wrong. For good or ill, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D arrives in theaters on October 26. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of all Silent Hill related news and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
Source(s): Yahoo! Movies.