Release Date: In Theaters now.
Country: USA, Canada, Germany.
Written and Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson.
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, and just about everyone else who has ever been in a RE movie before. Mostly.
You can't go in to a new Resident Evil movie expecting much more than pretty visuals and some crazy action. You just can't. I mean, you can, but you're just setting yourself up for disappointment if you do. These movies are eye candy, and nothing more.
Here in the U.S the RE movies perform alright, or even poorly by most standards. Worldwide however, the RE franchise just rakes in the money. RE: Afterlife made 296 million worldwide (only 60 in the U.S.), so naturally, you knew there was another sequel coming.
The question is, do we really need more of these empty, cheesy, glossy movies, that just exist to show a hot chick killing hordes of undead with her deadly wire-fu/gunplay skill set?
Sure, why the hell not.
The plot is fairly irrelevant, and can be summed up with the words "Milla, kill!" Now, this one does take them to the Russian Arctic, and it does make some pretty clever use of past set pieces and scenes in a fun way, but honestly, it's just there to allow for the carnage that RE fans all seem to fiend for.
|Who doesn't want to see Milla in this outfit over and over again?|
It's the fifth sequel in a franchise based on a video game series with twenty sequels of its own; we know what we're getting here. That's not to say that the movie should automatically be critic-proof because "it is what it is," because it deserves to be ripped apart a bit. Or a lot, depending on how much it pisses you off.
The whole thing is over the top and is supported by a paper thin script, which means that the actors can only do so much, which isn't really much at all. The last few movies in this series seem to us to be like long scenes of crazy action. They never seem grounded to us, they just start, shit explodes, and then it's over, the last shot teasing us about some crazy massive battle that is about to happen... in the next movie.
|Alive or dead, she's still hot.|
We normally hate this kind of shit, but for some reason we find ourselves loving when a new RE movie hits theaters, and especially when they're released on DVD/BLU. They look so ridiculously good in HD, that we forget how painfully not good the movies actually are. It's style over substance for us with the RE movies, and we don't mind. In a genre where most of what we see is so heavy handed, bleak, and downright morbid, we absolutely cherish our cheesy guilty pleasures.
|Oh look, they're back.|