Silent Hill (2006, USA/CDN/JAP/FRA) C-127m. SCOPE ** D: Christophe Gans. Starring Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen, Alice Krige, Jodelle Ferland. When her daughter starts having nightmares about a place called Silent Hill, Mitchell decides to find out where it is and ends up in a ghost town. Then her daughter goes missing, and creatures start surfacing. Is the place doomed? Video game adaptation by Roger Avary (of PULP FICTION fame) unfortunately proves that the interactivity of such games cannot easily be translated into a traditionally plotted film. Those who have played the game might find some merit here. Others will complain that it makes little sense. A major disappointment from the director of CRYING FREEMAN (1995) and LE PACTE DES LOUPS (2001). His visuals are the movie's only redeeming feature.

© Ron Altman