Month: September 2007

Resident Evil: Extinction…Or Not?

Translating a video game into a film is generally a frowned upon art to die-hard fans, due to Hollywood changes to the original game premises or due to Uwe Boll owning the rights for making the film. The Resident Evil series dropped a good deal of the creepy horror elements and leaned heavy on the action, however, was not totally awful enough to scare gamers away from buying movie tickets. Resident Evil: Extinction is the third film for the zombie action series and the following explores what is packed into the experience. Russell “Highlander” Mulcahy directed the Paul W.S. Anderson written script for the third installment, with leading lady Milla Jovovich still on board as well as having Ali Larter join the cast. There are other cast members such as Mike Epps, Ashanti, or Iian Glen, however Jovovich and now Larter seem to be the cornerstones for keeping things afloat, Larter’s character is actually Claire Redfield from the game series. The first Resident Evil was an outbreak in a lab compound, the second followed the outbreak into a city, and the third has the entire world over taken by the T-virus, and most humans resorting to a nomadic and violent lifestyle, with evil Umbrella Corporation scientist supposedly looking for a cue, yet with some sinister intentions. First off I am a fan of the original game, along with its...

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Resident Evil: Extinction

This is the third in the Resident Evil series of movies.  It stars Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter.  This movie is rated R, mostly for violence.  As I said this is the third in the series.  The first two movies are about the spread of the T-Virus and Alice and her mutation.  This movie starts with the knowledge that the world is headed towards extinction.  Humanity is on its way out.  A band of survivors is on the road looking for any signs of survival, and trying to stay alive themselves.  Of course the only way to stay alive is to stay on the road.  All the while the Umbrella Corporationb is continuing to experiment with the virus, trying to find a cure, or a way to subdue the undead.  Alice is the clue, and the only way humanity will be able to survive. This movie was not as well developed as the first two in my opinion.  There was a lot of action, and a lot of death and zombies, but the story seemed a little stagnent in this chapter of the series.  Alice’s storyline was developed too little to give enough information, since she has been travleing on the road by her self, and the last time we saw her she was just being rescued from the Umbrella Corp.  There was too little information about the interum,...

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Across the Universe

Director Julie Taymor (Frida) has a startling vision, and often accents her films with bizarre and unsettling special effects to punctuate a point. She also has a way with puppets and though she’s no Jim Henson, she still employs marionnettes to good effect, as seen in her stage direction of the musical adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King. Given her theatrical flair, a movie musical wouldn’t seem so out of the ordinary, and Across the Universe, for the most part works, because the genre allows for some of Taymor’s embellishments — it’s only when she goes too far, that the film sinks underneath her ambition. Set in the 1960’s, the story opens in Liverpool. Jude (Jim Sturgess, Mouth to Mouth) leaves his dreary live as a dock worker for America to confront his biological father who left his mother when he was a child, and now works at Princeton University. There he meets a rebellious student, Max (Joe Anderson, Copying Beethoven) and the two strike up a friendship. Max’s sister, Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood, The Upside of Anger) is his beautiful sister whose boyfriend is leaves for Vietnam. Max leaves Princeton and with Jude the two move to New York City and immediately settle into an apartment with a bluesy rock singer, Sadie (Dana Fuchs), who guards her place and her brood of tenents like a protective mother hen. Lucy also...

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NEXT

Nicholas Cage has been living out some of his fantasy roles via his production company Saturn Films, however  some feel his material is starting to lag in interest. So, was Next his next flop, or his next hit? Next was directed by Lee Tamahori and stars Nicholas Cage, Jessica Biel, and Julianne Moore. Cage plays a Vegas magician with the ability to see two minutes into his own future, and Moore is the FBI agent looking to use that ability to stop a nuclear catastrophe. Cage’s character also meets up with a woman, played by Biel, who for some reason changes his ability to where he can see farther and her future as well. The story is somewhat based off of the novel “The Golden Man” by Phillip K. Dick. Cage does a fine job of acting, tip-top quirky Cage form, however , his hair for the film is long and hideous; not a good fit for his face. Biel and Moore are both fine in their roles as well. The film starts out interestingly enough, though it doesn’t take long for all sense of logic to be thrown out the window. The premise seemed very promising, yet the story ends up too lite and with more holes than swiss cheese. The ability to see into the future is a tricky concept to work into film, just look back...

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The Last Kiss

One of the greatest things about renting loads of random movies that you have never seen or that you may have purposely skipped, is when you land one that ends up taking you by surprise. Whether it is just that good or features a stunning acting performance, or whatever, it is the sort of thing avid movie watchers cherish the art for. Enter my renting of: The Last Kiss. Directed by Tony Goldwyn, that evil actor from 1990’s Ghost with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, the screenplay is by Paul “Best Picture for Crash” Haggis. The cast is lead by Zach Braff and Jacinda Barrett, with amazing support from the likes of: Casey Affleck, Rachel Bilson, Michael Weston, Eric Christian Olsen, Blythe Danner, and Tom Wilkinson. The story these people came together to tell is a branching one about people and relationships, yet with a main focus on Braff’s character and his terror in facing the ultimate commitment of marrying his pregnant and perfect girlfriend. First and foremost: Jacinda Barrett’s performance is what took me by surprise.  She was phenomenal in the role, which could have and possibly would have been a connect the dots formula sort of thing for other actresses. She brought passion and flair to the project and just really nailed it for me. She plays a woman who thinks she knows men, specifically her boyfriend...

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