The latest installment in the movie slash videogame world generated by Paul W.S. Anderson and featuring his wife
Milla Jovovich finds the wonder warrior Alice (Jovovich) battling the
Umbrella Corporation and its ever-expanding and perpetually mutating
army of undead creatures.
Robert De Niro and Edward Norton have one previous team-up under their belt, 'The Score,' which wanted to be a thrillingly gripping caper but ended up being a crime because it criminally misused these two performers. So, like the hard-nosed wiseguys they are, De Niro and Norton try it again — and, of course, it's a crime uniting them in John Curran's meditative exploration of two men seemingly on opposite sides of the law-and-order divide. Grade: B-plus.
Milla Jovovich returns once again to battle the insane viral infection that has transformed most of the human race into undead creatures, but this time she's bringing friends, including a battalion of butt-kicking clones, tough sidekick Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and newbee warriors. This feels like zombiefied life after death, and I for one wish the genre would just stay dead. Grade: D.
The presence of Maynard James Keenan, frontman for Art Metal bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, is no doubt the only reason for the existence of 'Blood Into Wine,' a documentary that looks at his deepening interest in the art of winemaking. Keenan is a notoriously private guy, thus his involvement is both a blessing (gives it a higher profile) and a curse (he's not the most charismatic interviewee). Grade: C-.
While all of the promotional efforts leading up to the release of Olatunde Osunsanmi's movie seemingly wanted to capitalize on the similarities to 'Paranormal Activity,' the true kindred spirit for this tale of alien abduction is 'The Mothman Prophecies.' But Osunsanmi can't even generate the first, most basic kind of spooks Mark Pellington created in a simple phone call from beyond. Grade: D plus.
Honeymoon thrills detour down a sinister path for an eager couple (Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) in Hawaii as they encounter two other pairs, one of which might have murderously cruel intentions. Even the most brain-dead audience members will anticipate the twist in store. Grade: D.