Silent Hill: Revelation 3D has a lot of things working against it from the get go. It's based on a video game franchise that debuted in 1999 has been milked for sequels ever since (the current total of Silent Hill games is nine) and the movie itself is a sequel to the disappointingly dumb 2006 film directed by Christophe Gans. What's more the bitter aftertaste of Resident Evil: Retribution is still lingering in the mouths of survival horror movie/gamers and although they have entirely different plots and take place in totally different universes that's not necessarily enough to take the edge off for weary viewers.
It would take a dazzling director with a stellar cast and a first-rate script to overcome those sorts of obstacles and Silent Hill doesn't have any of those things. Writer/director Michael J. Bassett is obviously fond of both video games and horror (his previous movies include Solomon Kane and Deathwatch) the cast is decent with some exceptions and the script… well it's better than Resident Evil. If anything we can give Bassett credit for his enthusiasm. You really can't win when you try and make a video game movie no matter how many hours you spent playing Doom as a teen. Whether that's at the hands of the studios or the creative teams themselves isn't clear; it's simply a nut that hasn't been cracked yet.
The good news is that you don't really need a grasp on the video game or previous movie's narrative to follow the Revelation's plot. Harry (Sean Bean) has been lying to his daughter Heather (Adelaide Clemens) for a very long time. He's convinced her that her dreams about a terrible place called Silent Hill are the longstanding effects of a car crash that killed her mother and that they have to move around and take on new identities all the time because he killed a prowler in self-defense. Heather has other problems like the occasional hallucinations about a terrible alternate universe that's populated by monsters and industrial junk and flickering lights. One minute she'll be doing something normal and then suddenly the walls are burning down to the rafters and something with a butt for a face is shambling towards her. It's a raw deal.
Heather's first day at her new school is not that great; she meets a cute guy named Vincent (Kit Harington) who wants to be buddies but she makes it clear she's pretty bad ass and not one to pal around since she'll just be leaving town again anyway. When she comes home from school her dad has disappeared and the living room is a huge mess. If she wasn't clear on what to do next someone used his blood to write "COME TO SILENT HILL" on the wall with a funky sigil next to it which matches this weird object she's had since she was little. Luckily Vincent has a car and more than a few troubling secrets of his own underneath those glossy brown curls. He offers to drive her and off they go. Typical chitchat between them is about the nature of reality and dreams and Vincent's batty grandfather who's locked up in an insane asylum.
This is where things get really convoluted. Silent Hill is indeed a terrible place where ash falls from the sky during the day and horrible things come out to menace any townsperson dumb enough to be out at night. It's an eerie world that comes close to the truly terrifying Silent Hill games on occasion. After a while though it's mostly just Heather and occasionally Vincent running around in what seems like mazes of rusty bloody walls with the occasional gruesome monster popping out to halfheartedly menace them.
There's a dash of The Wicker Man here with the requisite creepy sacrificial cult and some Hellraiser-esque torture thrown in but it stops short of being a full-blown Clive Barker nightmare. There is some gore and disturbing images but the choice to use practical effects for almost all of the monsters is far more impressive in theory. Those monsters look okay from afar but rubbery up close whereas the only CGI monster is an impressive spidery thing made up of doll parts. The use of strobe lights and other effects is absolutely maddening especially in conjunction with the 3D which is mostly used for cheap gimmicks like splashing blood at the viewer.
There's something oddly satisfying about the way that the movie follows the trajectory of a video game; it's even laid out like a video game universe with different goals and bosses at each location. The problem is that what is believable or acceptable in a video game doesn't necessarily translate to a movie — in a game you're busy solving puzzles and killing monsters and it's easier to overlook kitchen-sink plots. Even though the movie doesn't completely hew to the game's story it's got the same mentality that more is better when it's really just more. And the more that's piled on the more ridiculous it gets. When everything is at a fever pitch that kind of weirdness becomes a baseline and nothing is shocking. Unlike in the games there's just one ending no matter how you play it.
Glee: During the Fox series' third season, Whoopi Goldberg was brought on to embody the character of Carmen Tibideaux — the dean of Rachel's and Kurt's dream school, the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. No stranger to musical theater, Goldberg carried her character through three episodes, including the season's penultimate "Nationals." Now that Rachel is NYADA-bound, Goldberg is set to continue her turn as Tibideaux, providing likely a new mentor for the young New York-based Ohioan. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Goldberg will take on a recurring role during Glee's upcoming fourth season.
Community: In the third act of Community's Season 3 premiere, some tough and to-the-point life lessons from new Biology teacher Michael Kenneth Williams sent Jeff spiraling into an existential crisis, highly reminiscent of the classic final vignette in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey. The study group's next teacher will illicit a more direct Kubrick reference: The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Malcolm MacDowell, best known as the star of A Clockwork Orange, is signing on to teach History at Greendale Community College. MacDowell will appear in two episodes at the beginning of the fourth season.
Hawaii Five-0: Taking a lesson from her half-sister Kim Kardashian, young Kendall Jenner is getting into the acting game: Jenner is making her debut on the CBS series Hawaii Five-0, as Life & Style Weekly reports. Jenner's episode, which is set to air in October, will feature the 16-year-old as a sales associate who gets mixed up in the Five-0's case.
Raising Hope: Chris Klein is well-versed in the "long lost not-quite-brother" territory, if you can believe it; the 2001 rom-com Say It Isn't So starred Klein as a young man in love with a woman who might be his estranged sister. Now, he'll revisit the theme on Raising Hope, playing the "almost long-lost brother" (as The Hollywood Reporter puts it) to Jimmy.
The Vampire Diaries: TVLine reports that the bloodthirsty CW series is bringing in The Borgias actor David Alpay to take on a Season 4 role: Alpay will play a beloved teacher with yet unknown ties to the series' Virginia town and one of its resident clans. Alpay will appear on the fourth episode of the season.
Scandal: Norm Lewis, established singer and Broadway actor, is taking his turn on the small screen for a few episodes of Scandal. Playbill reports that Lewis will begin his arc on the third episode of the forthcoming Season 2; series star Bellamy Young refers to Lewis' role as "Kerry's character's ex-boyfriend kind of thing."
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You know you've made it big in Hollywood when you become a star - on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that is. Many talented actors and actresses have joined the cement constellation along that famous Hollywood strip in Los Angeles. Late last night, a number of new stars were born when the Hollywood Walk of Fame Selection Committee announced its 2012 honorees. Check out who's getting ready to hit the pavement.
Leading the pack of new honorees is America's sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston, who, oddly enough, is being given a star for her mostly rom-com movie career and not her all-time, Emmy-winning run as Rachel on Friends. Go figure. Other A-list celebrities receiving stars for their work in film include Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johansson, and Vin Diesel. As far as TV celebs go, Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Adam West will be getting stars, along with Law & Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay, Valerie Bertinelli and Star Trek actor Walter Koenig. Jennifer Lopez will also be receiving a star to honor her career as a successful recording artist. Way to go J-Lo! The ceremony will take place a little less than a year from now on June 17, 2012. It will truly be a star-studded event.
Here is the full list of honorees:
Motion Pictures: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel, Scarlett Johansson, John Lasseter, Malcolm McDowell, Sumner Redstone and Richard Burton (posthumous). Television: Valerie Bertinelli, Matt Groening, Mariska Hargitay, Patricia Heaton, Marg Helgenberger, Walter Koenig, and Adam West. Recording: Jennifer Lopez, Pepe Aguilar, AMERICA, Boyz II Men, Hal David, David Foster, Vince Gill, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Barry White (posthumous). Radio: Ellen K.
Source: Huffington Post