So, I've seen all the Resident Evil films in theater, and I didn't feel like breaking the routine now. The story picks up where the last one left off. Alice (Milla Jovovich) and her clones are going to take down the Umbrella Corporation, and they start with the Japanese headquarters. Unfortunately, the new head of the corporation, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), has injected himself with the T-Virus much like had been done to Alice. And then he injects a cure into Alice, removing all her powers. After a crash, Alice decides to head to Alaska to find Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and K-Mart (Spencer Locke), who were the only survivors of the previous film. But only Claire is there, and she has amnesia. So flying down to L.A., the two discover a handful of survivors hanging out in a prison, including Luther (Boris Kodjoe), Bennett (Kim Coates), Angel (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), Crystal (Kasey Barnfield), Kim (Norman Yeung), and Chris (Wentworth Miller)... yes, that Chris (if you've played the games or know them). So now they gotta try to find a way to escape and get to safety.

Let me say, I really like the first film, despite it being nothing like the games (but I'm no purest in this regard). The second film is more like the games (well, it has Jill and Nemesis), and it was alright. The third film is just... eh. I didn't care for it. But this one is probably my favorite since the first (though I still like the first one better). And, ironically, this one is supposedly the most like the games (Resident Evil 5 in particular, I believe, as well as some Code: Veronica). Was it great, though? No. So let's get into why...

First, some good stuff. The opening is pretty cool with a mysterious Japanese woman just standing in the rain before attacking, and then flashing years later to the attack on Umbrella with all the clones. The action is fun, but it does take its toll with a bit too much slo-mo. However, there are some excellent visuals. The movie has some great visuals and cinematography (though some poor CGI with the dogs later on).

The acting isn't too bad. I mean, it's a Resident Evil movie. But I must say, Shawn Roberts as Wesker, at times, reminded me of Gob Bluth (of Arrested Development) trying to be Agent Smith (of The Matrix). Imagine that as you will. And, unfortunately, there's no Milla Jovovich nudity like almost all the other films.

I quickly want to mention the 3D. It's the first film since Avatar to use this special form of 3D filmmaking. But it wasn't all that spectacular. I mean, it was alright, but nothing mindblowing. How To Train Your Dragon actually had a better use of 3D. But again, it was alright. It didn't take anything away from the film.

I really don't know what else to say about the movie. Good action, but sometimes too much slo-mo. Decent acting, but some cheesy stuff sometimes. Great visuals/cinematography. And... I really have no idea what else. It had faults, probably even more than I mentioned, but it was entertaining. And by the way, if you see the scene right after the credits start... that is who you actually think it is, despite it looking nothing like she did before. And I thought that's a pretty cool little extra scene, despite it confusing everybody.

I Am McLovin!

(P.S. Did anybody else think Chris was played by Karl Urban at first?)

1 comment:

  1. That's just the thing! for someone who've seen all the previous ones, as i suspect you're among that group, it's just impossible to stop! :)


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