Heather Mason and her father are a pair always on the run from her past, trying to stay one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t understand. Now, as she’s about to turn 18, she discovers that her identity is a lie. Dragged into the demonic world of Silent Hill, she could be trapped forever...
When her adoptive father (Sean Bean) is kidnapped by cultists, young Hannah (Adelaide Clemens) and too-good-to-be-true-but-too-bland-to-be-bad new friend Vincent (Kit Harington) return to the cursed town of Silent Hill for more 3D spookiness.
This affectless sequel to the computer game adaptation uses so many of Clive Barker’s ideas it could be classified as Hellraiser fan-fic, but the S-M demons with their clanking chains and sewn-shut faces offer only a few passing distractions amid the expertly-crafted emptiness. Carrie-Anne Moss, Radha Mitchell, Malcolm McDowell and Deborah Kara Unger pop in for tiny bits, leaving the young leads to struggle earnestly with terrible dialogue as the plot stutters from level to level with no discernible point in sight. Writer-director Michael Bassett regroups after the underperformance of Solomon Kane and just punches the clock on this one.
The first film was imperfect but solid as game-adaps go and fans revelled in its clammy shocks. No such luck this time out. Director Bassett oversees a vaporous horror sequel that rarely raises the pulse.