Silent Hill

  • 15
  • Christophe Gans (2006)
  • Jpn / US / Fr
  • 120 min
Silent Hill
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Film Review
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2 out of 5

The 1999 release of video game Silent Hill was a breakthrough in the gaming world and a defining moment in the genre called "survival horror": its strange atmosphere, spooky imagery and deliberately slow pace entranced the world's joypad jockeys. So it's a surprise that this film adaptation seems to have learned little from the success of the game. The plot sees a young mother (Radha Mitchell) fleeing with her sick child to the mysterious, deserted town of Silent Hill, to prevent the girl from being placed in an institution. Director Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf) conveys some of the game's odd ambience, particularly in the opening act and the film's look is satisfyingly weird. But then the curse of the modern horror movie kicks in and we're treated to the usual repetitive jolts and threadbare monster effects. There are worse adaptations of video games out there (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Doom, to name but two) but this one will probably leave the PlayStation generation itching for their consoles.

Plot Summary

Horror thriller starring Radha Mitchell and Sean Bean. Disturbed by her adopted daughter's sleepwalking and the possibility she could be going insane, Rose drives to an abandoned mining town called "Silent Hill" which the young girl continues to mention in her nightmares. But after crashing the car, Rose wakes to find the girl gone and the place enveloped in thick ash.

Cast and crew


Rose Da Silva
Radha Mitchell
Christopher Da Silva
Sean Bean
Cybil Bennet
Laurie Holden
Dahlia Gillespie
Deborah Kara Unger
Officer Gucci
Kim Coates
Tanya Allen
Alice Krige
Sharon Da Silva / Alessa Gillespie
Jodelle Ferland


Christophe Gans

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Apr 2006
Certificate 15