Posts Tagged ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’


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September was a bit of a slow month and I didn’t get a chance to see my most anticipated movie Looper, I hope to catch it later this week. As to what I did see:

The Imposter: Engrossing and engaging documentary with a story so preposterous you wouldn’t believe it if it was used in a feature film.

Dredd: Better than the 1995 version in every way. The plot is thin but the casting is good, as is the action. It looks really good too with good photography and visual effects. The 3D isn’t bad but doesn’t add anything.

Lawless: A romanticised story of a bootlegging gang in prohibition era Virginia is solid and entertaining but not spectacular.

Premium Rush: Lightweight and silly but great fun thanks partly to great casting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon.

Killing Them Softly: A gritty tale of low level mobsters with a strong subtext will divide opinion. Brad Pitt is on top form.

Savages: Salma Hayek is fantastic but the rest of Oliver Stone’s story of Pot growers V Mexican drug cartel is a bit of a mess.

Resident Evil: Retribution: The action is good and the dialogue is terrible, to put it another way, about what you would expect from the franchise.

The Movie of the Month is: Killing Them Softly

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The Resident Evil movies have always been a bit of a guilty pleasure, they are far from great but they are always entertaining. September this year will see the fifth movie in the franchise, ten years after the original. After a poor first sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) (easily the weakest movie in the series) I probably wouldn’t have bothered with the third film Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) but then this happened:

The brilliantly constructed teaser trailer really caught my attention. As the impossibly cheesy advert for Las Vegas begins you think its an advert and not a movie trailer, then as the glitch appears in the screen and the camera pulls back we see sin city in ruins with an nice little nod to Planet of the Apes (1968). The movie itself was a great improvement on Apocalypse but didn’t completely live up to the great trailer. The trailers for Resident Evil: Afterlife were more conventional but still good, the film itself turned out surprisingly good and the best of the sequels. But now they have done it again with this teaser for Resident Evil: Retribution:

Looking like a advert for Sony or some other gadget manufacturer with a voiceover from Professor X/Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Baba O’Riley by The Who playing in the background. We actually get less than a minute of movie footage but there is lots going on, are they Dragons? The one notable thing we see is Michelle Rodriguez whose character Rain Ocampo was killed in the first movie.

Like the other guilty pleaser franchise, Underworld, I am actually looking forward to this.

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