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Old 2011-10-20, 14:46
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Turning to perhaps somewhat better quality, just saw the Silent Hill movie. Happened to zap past it right at the beginning and thought, well, what the hell. I've actually sort of avoided it on purpose; Silent Hill is pretty much the only franchise of any kind that I'm a serious fan of. Well, I've played SH 1, 2 and 3, plus Shattered Memories. To illustrate how far gone I am, I could name pretty much every song they used in the movie, and generally could tell you which game it's from.
I have mixed feelings about this movie. On the production and acting side, I think they did a pretty damn good job. On the story side... well, here I'm conflicted. On the one hand I do like the concept; how blind faith and the murderous lust for purity and piety in itself led to not only calling but creating the very evil they were so afraid of. But goddamn it, they really piled on stuff from the games. I'm surprised there weren't beetles, insignias and mannequins seeping out through cracks in the TV screen. And that leads to my main gripe - the fact that they just copied monsters right from the games. It demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the whole idea of Silent Hill and it's a big fucking herd of elephants in a very small room. Take Pyramid head, for example. He's a manifestation of James' guilt for killing his wife. And that's the thing. The evil of Silent Hill is like real life evil, in and by itself it's just a writhing, nebulous cauldron of possibilities and potentials. It's people that give it shape, it's people's own desires, lusts and guilt that make it come alive. They went some way with that, what with the incarnation of Alessa at the end and such, but it still bugs me six ways to Sunday.
Anyhows. /End rant.
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