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Resident Evil: Retribution

19 Feb

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I have come to the realization that the Resident Evil franchise is unstoppable and will never end. As long as Paul W.S. Anderson has zombies to kill and half of script there will be more to come. I expect the installments to reach the teens, and even surpass the Friday the 13th films. The most recent film, Resident Evil: Retribution delivers a blood fest inside of the Umbrella Corporation’s secret facility. Alice (Milla Jovovich) is still up for the challenge and her marksmanship has not diminished. Also, returning to the fold are Ada Wong (Bingbing Li), Boris Kodjoe (Luther West) and best of all; back from the dead, Michelle Rodriguez (Rain). The film has some cool scenes, but overall it is an abbreviated version of the first couple films.

WORD COUNT: 130

Chuck’s Grade: C

Adam’s Grade: N/A

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World scores a lot of points

8 Feb

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a unique film that will surprise most audiences because it is unlike most films. Director Edgar Wright brings this graphic novel series to life, literally with straight-faced humor and some old school video game graphics to capture the comic book’s fun and imaginative story line.

Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), is a 22 year-old slacker, who falls in love with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). After spending the night with her, he discovers he must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends if he wants to continue dating her.

The first time I watched the film I enjoyed all the bells and whistles, but the second time I viewed it I discovered all the different layers operating beneath the surface. The dialogue is brilliant and it really captures the voice of many young people today trying to figure out relationships and love. Scott Pilgrim scores a lot points in this film.

WORD COUNT: 153

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grad: A

Resident Evil spawns a zombie franchise

16 Sep

The first installment of the Resident Evil franchise shoots its way into the zombie genre with its video-game like approach to the film’s story and action. Action films usually inspire video games, but in this case the opposite is true. The premise is simple and director Paul W. S. Anderson wastes no time letting loose the T-virus in an secret underground research facility. The Umbrella Corporation sends in a special unit to stop the outbreak, but encounter a mysterious woman named Alice.

Milla Jovovich takes command and transforms Alice into an iconic zombie killer. There are many female actors that have tried their hand at the action star genre but have failed. Jovovich successfully turns her mediocre scripts and sup-par supporting casts into her favor by allowing her intoxicating screen presence to carry Alice to another level. Resident Evil does not measure up to George Romero’s genius, but the this film entertains its video game followers and zombie movie fans.

WORD COUNT:160

Chuck’s grade: C+

Adam’s grade: C