Sunday, May 7

Silent Hill/Mission Impossible III Review

Silent Hill
Directed by

Christophe Gans

Sharon is a little girl who sleepwalks and has seizures; lately they've been getting worse. She keeps mentioning the same thing in her trances: Silent Hill. Over the protests of her husband, she flees with her child. She ends up driving through a portal in reality, which takes her to the eerie and deserted town of Silent Hill. Sharon disappears in Silent Hill, and Rose follows what she thinks is her daughter's silhouette all over town. It's soon clear the town is not like any place she's ever been. It's inhabited by a variety of creatures and a living darkness that descends and literally transforms everything it touches. The human inhabitants - the ones who are left - are trapped and fighting a losing battle against the Darkness. Joined by a cop named Cybil, who was pulled in with her, Rose searches for her little girl while learning the history of Silent Hill, and that Sharon is just a pawn in a larger game. To save her daughter, Rose makes a deal with a demon in the form of a little girl. But will the deal save her daughter, or only damn them both?

I found this movie to be a bit boring for me. Oblivious to the fact that it was based on a video game, I did not understand anything. It was as if I were watching a game and I could not figure out why. After finding out this vital information, it made the movie a little more clear. Not clear enough for me to like, but clear enough for me to never watch it again. If you are one who plays videos games and enjoy all the Silent Hill games, this is the movie for you! I give this movie 4 out of 10 stars.

J.J. Abrams

The story finds Cruise's special agent Ethan Hunt out of the field, working as a trainer of IMF agents and madly in love (as only Tom can be) with a beautiful nurse (Michelle Monaghan), who thinks he's employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Shortly before their wedding, he's called back into the fray when a young agent he trained and regards as his "little sister" (Keri Russell) is kidnapped by an unusually nasty arms dealer (Hoffman) and held hostage outside Berlin.

Hunt rescues her in a daring raid, but this initiates a blood feud with the supervillain. After that, each side pulls off a further kidnapping, which in turn is thwarted by a blazing rescue, and that's pretty much the movie.

Like its predecessors, the third "Mission" remains amazingly faithful to its origins. It retains the original plot formula of the TV series, complete with theme music and a grim air of self-seriousness. This one even opens with a teaser scene lifted from the climax -- classic TV style.

While all the "Mission" plots are convoluted and slightly preposterous -- the keyword in the title is "Impossible" -- the latest is just this side of insultingly stupid. The longer you think about it, the less sense it all makes.

Good Movie? Yeah, sure. I enjoyed the second one much better than the third and think, perhaps, they should stop now, but there will be another one of course. I give this movie 6 out of 10 stars.

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