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Silent Hill was released April 21st, 2006. Directed by Christophe Gans, it is an adaptation of the highly popular horror video game series of the same name. While it has elements of each of the first four games in the series, its plot most closely mirrors the original 1999 classic. Rose Da Silva, played by Australian actress Radha Mitchell, starts off the film incredibly concerned with her daughter. Young Sharon, herself played by Jodelle Ferland, has recently begun a strange habit of sleepwalking whilst calling out for the town of Silent Hill. Rose decides to take her daughter to the aforementioned town in search of answers.

Laurie Holden costars as the police officer Cybil Bennet, who follows the pair on their way to Silent Hill. A child suddenly appears in the road as Rose and Sharon are nearing the town, causing Rose to get knocked out in the ensuing car crash. Upon awakening, she finds that both Sharon and the mysterious child are nowhere to be seen.

Rose wanders through the empty streets of Silent Hill a midst a deep fog and constantly falling ash. It isn't long before she discovers the town to be full of horrifyingly misshapen monsters. Besides her initial encounters with the creatures, the first living thing Rose meets is a seemingly crazed woman by the name of Dahlia Gillespie.

Dahlia, played by actress Deborah Kara Unger, tells Rose of her own daughter Alessa. Her insane ramblings make Rose feel that much more uneasy with the town, and she returns to her car. Cybil has herself entered the town by then, and arrests Rose under suspicion of killing Sharon.

Cybil's first encounter with the supernatural forces of Silent Hill comes when she attempts to leave the town with Rose in tow. Despite having just been on the road into town not much earlier, the pair find that the way they came has vanished, replaced by a large fissure in the ground. Cybil then encounters a monster and frees Rose after shooting it to death.

The two decide to pair up and work together to find Sharon and unravel the secret behind Silent Hill's supernatural elements. What ensues is a terrifying ordeal in occult sacrifices and shocking revelations that leave the heroines changed forever.

The film was made on a fifty million dollar budget, and had a box office gross of just over ninety seven million. Though negatively reviewed by many film critics, it did well enough to warrant itself a sequel. Fans of the game series will enjoy this film a bit more than others would. For those who haven't played any of the games, the film is still worth watching for its eerie atmosphere and freakish monsters.

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Stars
Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates
Director
Christophe Gans
Language
English
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