Thursday, January 31, 2013

Movie Review Double Feature

First up in this double feature will be the marvelous Milla Jovovich in The newest entry in the Resident Evil universe; Retribution.  This series has always been a guilty pleasure for me, both the video games and the movies.  I have to say that this was the best entry into the franchise since the second movie.  The movie itself is beautiful and the plot felt like a video game.  For those that don't know, the Resident Evil games usually have an overall objective with a lot of mini objectives as you go on your way.  Escaping the simulation center is the main objective with mini missions of fight through NYC, find the child (boss battle against jill), find the rescue team, car chase (boss battle with the licker), rescue the child (second boss battle against licker), and the escape (final boss battle against Jill and Michelle Rodriguez). 

The important thing about this movie is that it is fun and this one was a lot of fun. 

Second on the list but not in the standings is Dredd, the newest cinamatic take on the iconic 2000 AD comic.  Staring Karl Urban as Dredd himself this movie more than makes up for the Stallone and Rob Schneider mess that made a mockery of the hero so many years ago.  This movie felt more than a little like Raid: Redemption.  This one comes highly suggested.  Karl Urban projects the quiet confidence and rage that is Dredd.  Lena Headey is also in this movie as the big bad and she rocks it.  Olivia Thirlby plays a rookie and if she ever reads this she needs to know that she is much better looking with the blonde hair she wore in the film.

Overall this movie was a whole lot of fun and didn't get the acclaim that it deserved in theaters.  I hope it was successful enough that it gets some sequels.  This movie has been Judged!

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Haven't seen the first one (although I know what I'm getting with a Resident Evil movie - dumb fun) and couldn't agree more that Dredd was overlooked in theaters.

Francis Lee said...

Dredd was brilliant!

Kal said...

Love both these movies. I love how Mila has stayed strong and still can do a Resident Evil for me every couple of years. The first one in the series is on my top ten all time list.

I was one who trumpeted Dredd from the beginning. What a great adaptation of the material. It was cool and fresh and lean. Plus Karl Urban is steel and I never get let down by him no matter what he is in.

Pat Tillett said...

I like the both, but because of my undying admiration for Milla Jovovich, I must give RE the edge...