Holy fuck, yes. Here's a film actually made with the game's fans in mind; misunderstood by critics, who I suppose expected more hyper-edited, gunplay-filled schlock, and weren't sure how to criticize this surreal mood piece. Gans handles everything with care -- the distinct sound of the music and it's unique implementation, the creepy, melancholy atmosphere, the deliberately slow pace, the creatures, the fog...
I had fallen asleep with the TV on and woke up in the middle of the night just as Rose entered Silent Hill. It was like being awake yet drifting back into a dream. Having no foreknowledge of the games or even knowing what I was watching (since I missed the opening), it was truly disorienting. Sure, there are horror cliches and an absurd excess of gore at the climax. But I was captivated by its strangeness.
A cool cash in on the popular video game franchise..hits all the right notes of the games, from pseudo-occultism to grue-surrealist touches....the great thing about the Silent Hill mythos and gameplay, is, it's survival horror yes, like Resident Evil, but instead of run and gun action, the Hill gets you on a nightmare like, spiritually visceral level....the next best thing to playing the games....and Sean Bean lives!
Although it has been quite some time since I played the original game, the imagery and storyline are very much in-sync with the story of the game. Radha Mitchell is captivatingly good and although much of the film relies on the spare nature of her surroundings, there are most definitely the "upstart" moments of action. The ending sequence where Alyssa kills all of her foes is particularly bloody. Very good film.
This is one of the most faithful video game adaptations ever made, and as a die-hard fan of the series this film is outstanding. The game lore is pretty dense & Gans did an impressive job trying to cram in the first 2 games into two hours. Also Gans vision here is mesmerizing, all the outstanding production design is lifted from the game as is the beautiful score from Akira Yamaoka himself. A misunderstood gem.
Either you're going to love it or hate it. I loved it. This is some twisted stuff. Really great atmosphere. And the best part is I've never seen anything else like it. I've never played the video games, so I can't speak to how the film compares to those, but the film as a standalone piece of art really impressed me.