This portion of the film has been criticized as illogical, but it makes sense to an audience raised on video games. The scene in which Rose reaches into the mouth of a corpse to pull out a tile bearing the name of a hotel, for instance, mimics the act of looking for clues in an adventure game. These games are by their very nature "illogical" because characters are motivated by a logic specific to the game that doesn't necessarily make sense when transposed onto real life. In an adventure game clues allow the player to advance through the narrative, and here they permit Rose to move forward through the plot.
Critics have also focused on the scene late in the film in which Rose enters a hospital room and the screen abruptly, shockingly fades to white. Sharon's doppelgänger Alessa (also Jodelle Ferland) congratulates Rose in voiceover for successfully "following her clues" to get to this far. An extended sequence, marked by grainy footage and bits of leader, explains the film's back story. This scene struck many critics as out of place, coming so late in the film, but gamers are familiar with exposition, in the form of a cutscene, being used as a reward for successfully navigating a portion of the game.
Sometimes Silent Hill's attempts to mix the aesthetics of gaming and movies don't work, such as the unnecessarily long scene in which Rose memorizes a map of the hospital basement. Ocassionally watching Silent Hill feels like watching someone else play a video game, with the attendant feelings of helplessness and boredom. Gans is to be commended, though, for trying to imbue his film with spirit of the material he's adapting.
The latter part of Silent Hill explodes with the fury of an arthouse horror flick. A bloodbath set in a church, it melds the anti-Catholic intensity of Luis Buñuel with imagery reminiscent of Frida Kahlo. It also serves as a cathartic release for the tension created by the film's sinister invocation of religious motifs. Only a horror film can reduce an entire universe of societal unease into a single scene of orgiastic violence, and in this regard at least Silent Hill must rank as one of the genre's most memorable entries.