People have condemned the RESIDENT EVIL series, claiming it’s nothing more than a loose assemblage of action sequences wherein Milla Jovovich’s agile zombie-fighter Alice runs and shoots guns. Not satisfied with that, writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson has confounded expectations with RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION: He has Alice shoot guns, then run. Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons have differing opinions about whether Anderson has upped his game in this latest installment of the 3D-enhanced franchise, and weigh whether all the pyrotechnics amount to a witty deconstruction of the standard video game worldview, or just become a tiring string of — admittedly beautifully mounted and choreographed — flash-n-bang.
Then, Steve gives his quick observations on the 3D re-release of FINDING NEMO, and Dan brings you up-to-date on what’s coming to theaters next week.
Second trailer from RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION. With Milla Jovavich, Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Bingbing Li. Written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, based on the popular videogame franchise.
Screen Gems releases the fifth installment in the zombie apocalypse franchise, produced by Constantin Films and Davids Films/Impact Pictures. This first trailer, an amusing parody of commercials plugging the globalization aspects of information technology, suggests that writer-director Paul W. S. Anderson has upped the ante, shooting for something on the epic scale of James Cameron’s AVATAR. In fact, even if you are not a fan of the previous films inspired by the popular shoot-em-up video game, you may find yourself feeling a twinge of anticipation. Milla Jovavich returns as Alice. Also in the cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory, Eded Fehr, Bingbing Li.
Release date: September 14, 2012.