New DVD releases, Blu-ray and streaming this week: goofy glee club action in 'Pitch Perfect,' kid-friendly fun in 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,' Colin Farrell in the 'Total Recall' remake and more zombie-killing in 'Resident Evil: Retribution.'
Resident Evil: Retribution
How do you define a hit? What's more important: total gross or actual audience enthusiasm? The answer to this question will help us decide who actually won the weekend. Call it the "Battle of the Paul Andersons": Paul WS Anderson's 'Resident Evil: Retribution' and Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' both opened this week and both had completely different results, but they beg to be compared to each other.
Here's the problem with the 'Resident Evil' movies: they feel more like video games than the video games they're based on. Capcom's 'Resident Evil' is dark, sinister, disturbing, and cinematic. Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Resident Evil: Retribution' is loud, violent, hectic, and dumb. It's like taking the world's greatest wagyu beef steak and grinding it to make a greasy hamburger.
We got more than a good look at Director Paul W.S. Anderson's latest, 'Resident Evil: Retribution,' back at the San Diego Comic-Con panel, but apparently, there was even more to be had as the film had to be cut down for today's theatrical premiere, leaving many scenes to be left unwatched by the public... at least for now.
Although we're currently in the movie doldrums, there are two big action movies looking to make a splash this September. On one hand, you've got 'Dredd,' a reboot of a comic book franchise that was dead on arrival in its original 1995 incarnation, and you've got 'Resident Evil: Retribution,' the fifth entry in a series that, like its zombie villains, refuses to die. Now, the former has a new featurette and the latter has a handful of new TV spots.
Do we really need to know he plot of 'Resident Evil: Retribution'? In fact, does the movie even need a plot? Heck, does the movie even need a script? As long as the finished product is ninety minutes of Milla Jovovich kicking henchmen and shooting mutants, the fans will be satisfied and it'll make an easy $50 million at the box office, guaranteeing a 'Resident Evil 6.' Anyway, four new clips from the film are online for your viewing pleasure.
For a series that places little emphasis on plot, the 'Resident Evil' movies sure have a lot of it. With 'Resident Evil: Retribution' (the fifth film in this never-ending franchise) hitting theaters next month, someone at the marketing department decided that a handy dandy recap of the entire series to date was in order. And they were right. This series has been nothing but a series of left turns into Crazytown and the clip below showcases elegantly how the (comparatively) small first film evolved into something as big and bizarre as the later entries.
Will Milla Jovovich finally bring down the evil Umbrella corporation once and for all? Even if she doesn't, it'll be one heck of a rid.
The Screen Gems Comic-Con 2012 'Resident Evil: Retribution' panel brought together some of our favorite stars from Paul W.S. Anderson’s zombie franchise, including Jovovich along with her co-star Michelle Rodriguez, to both preview the latest 'Resident Evil' chapter and reveal some well-sought-after details.