Upon watching this on DVD (as I waited for the DVD release instead of watching it at the cinema with all the usual distractions an annoyances) I was immediately thrilled at how they managed to stay so faithful to the game, not exactly to the game mind you but what would be the fun in that if you played it as I have and knew exactly what was going to happen?
First off, the music! This was excellent using more or less exactly the same music used in the game, this also applied to sound effects and even the good old sound of the air raid siren that is in my view a very memorable and eerie factor in the first of the Silent Hill games.
Then the visuals, these are also superb conveying the run-down surroundings and look of the town and the strange inhabitants when the darkness comes, the creatures are excellent! Nice to see a director not go running strait for the PC when they want to achieve nice solid viuals. Although I thought Pyramid Head could have been utilised more as he looked spot on! But at the same time it's good that the creatures weren't relied on too much to entertain as Silent Hill is as much about loneliness, atmosphere and isolation as it is about strange goings on and things that rip you to shreds in the night. The fact applies is that the spirit, feel and heart of the game has been successfully captured and faithfully reproduced in a movie that can't be easy to do. And has managed in my view to be the best movie adaptation of a game to date, especially when I thought who would even attempt to make a film of a game that has remained strictly `cult' as it's not a game for everyone.
Obviously the only `flaw' (I say flaw, more like a `comparison') is that you don't get exactly the same Immersion with the games as you do with the movie but this is obvious as you don't get the same interactivity with a film. Maybe a longer version might help this and draw you in more, I for one could have happily sat through more.