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Rounding up yesterday’s big news stories…
Fifty Shades Darker Cast
With Fifty Shades Darker set to arrived in cinemas this Friday, Universal Pictures released a featurette for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel which focuses on ‘Mrs. Robinson’ (Kim Basinger), Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), and Leila (Bella Heathcote) and the threats they bring to Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) and Christian’s (Jamie Dornan) relationship. Check out the video here.
Prison Break Is Back!
With a little under two months to go until Prison Break returns, Fox released a new promo for the highly-anticipated fifth season of the action drama series. Check it out here.
Logan Clip And Classic Wolverine
Following the Super Bowl TV spot [watch those here], 20th Century Fox released the first clip from next month’s hotly-anticipated X-Men spinoff Logan. Watch the clip here. Hugh Jackman also teased an appearance of the classic Wolverine costume; read more about that here. »
- Luke Owen
Note: Comments from Paul W.S. Anderson are taken from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made, which is available for pre-order now.
Regular listeners to the Flickering Myth Podcast will know that my movie tastes aren’t the norm when it comes to being a paid ‘film critic’. I have little interest in The Godfather or Citizen Kane, but will happily talk ad nauseam about the Child’s Play series or Friday the 13th. When it comes to Spielberg I’m more Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark than Jaws and Schindler’s List, and I loathe the works of Woody Allen and Wes Anderson. I’ve not seen any of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Not one. Come to think of it, I didn’t see any of last year’s either. »
- Luke Owen
For a series revolving around an undead apocalypse, there’s a brilliant irony to the longevity of the Resident Evil series. Fifteen years ago, Paul W.S. Anderson brought us the original film, which then went on to spawn five sequels. Like the T-Virus, the franchise has evolved and mutated over the years, with each sequel bearing less and less resemblance to its predecessor. Thankfully, the franchise has a legion of fans that even an army of Alice clones couldn’t match.
Now, six films, three directors, and over a billion dollars down the road, we have finally arrived at the end of our journey. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, will bring Alice back to where it all began an an epic climax to the twisted adventure we started back in 2002. Milla Jovovich returns as Alice, to face off against Wesker and the Red Queen for the last time, with some »
- Ben Read
Author: Stefan Pape
Since the very first Resident Evil film first graced our screens back in 2002, it’s fair to say that the zombie sub-genre has become somewhat tired in contemporary cinema, as audiences have been subject to an influx of productions, each attempting to put a new spin on a rather hackneyed concept. It’s not the fault of the Paul W.S. Anderson led franchise, but it still has an affect on their latest offering, as this title struggles to stand out from the crowd, tedious and uninspiring, suffocated by its very own lack of imagination.
Beginning soon after the events that took place in the preceding endeavour Resident Evil: Retribution, we rejoin Alice (Milla Jovovich), who seems to be the lone survivor of the viral infection which wiped out humanity. Strong willed, and kicking the crap out of the undead on a daily basis, she is presented with a message, »
- Stefan Pape
Chicago – Guilty pleasures are the order of the day, especially when we are facing daily signs of a real, impending apocalypse. End of the world by zombies remains one of the most popular cataclysmic cinematic events and “Resident Evil” is proof. “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” proves that what should be dead can come back to life, but the real question is if it actually should.
The “Resident Evil” film franchise has been around for over half my life and has proven to be the most successful (read: profitable) film series based on a video game to date. Having grown up on the video games, and having the first film come out during a probably impressionable time in my life (read: puberty), I have had this lingering fascination towards the franchise. The synergy created by combining several of my interests (video games, film, zombies, strong female protagonists, etc) has »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Love them or hate them, the Resident Evil films are the most successful video game adaptations in cinematic history. The five films released so far may have received a mixed response from critics, but they have also grossed almost a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Now, after a 15 year journey with Alice, her merry band of disposable misfits, and more mutated zombies than you could shake a stick at, we have come to the end. So, how does Resident Evil: The Final Chapter round things off?
Well, firstly it should be made clear that if the previous instalments weren’t your cup of tea, then this film definitely wont do much to change that. »
- Ben Read
Though he doesn’t have the same clout as Hollywood’s other famous Paul Anderson, Paul W.S. Anderson has carved out his own impressive career, with films from the Mortal Kombat movie to Event Horizon to Alien Vs. Predator. But perhaps he’s best know for helming the persistent Resident Evil franchise, which just wrapped up with its sixth and final installment, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. In a new interview with Thrillist, Anderson reflects back on the Resident Evil franchise and the unique career path he’s taken over the years.
What comes through most strongly in the interview is the fact that Anderson is incredibly content with his career. He’s aware that his films aren’t critical hits (he mentions he doesn’t take reviews too seriously), but he takes pride in the fact that he’s satisfying an audience who clearly loves his work (Resident ...
- Caroline Siede
Despite earning the best reviews of the series [although our own Rob Kojder didn’t like it] and the lowest opening weekend of the series, Paul W.S. Anderson and Sony Pictures have a lot to celebrate with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter as the franchise has crossed $1 billion worldwide.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter earned just $13 million from its opening weekend, which wasn’t enough to unseat Split from the top spot, or trouble Hidden Figures and A Dog’s Purpose. However a strong opening overseas has pushed the film to $78 million worldwide.
The film opened to number one in Japan last December.
It should be noted, however, that while Sony are reporting the franchise has pushed $1 billion, Boxofficemojo claim the series has so far earned $994 million. Either way, it will cross $1 billion next week.
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D. »
- Luke Owen
Although Paul W.S. Anderson titled himself into a corner by calling it Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, one would be little surprised if the now-six-film franchise refused to stay dead. Death has never been a given in this zombie series, and nearly every significant actor has shown up after their character’s death throughout the series as clones, memories, computer simulations, and much, much more. Motifs of setting also find similar ways to repeat themselves, such as wreck-laden desert wastelands, claustrophobic labyrinths, and crisp futuristic fortresses (all of which appear in Final Chapter.) Even plot points are salvaged and brought back to life, as we follow Alice (Milla Jovovich, infallible, unstoppable, our Digital Dietrich) into this film as we did the last five. She has proven remarkably adept at finding pockets of survivors to bring into “her story,” the refrain for each of the endearing expositions Alice delivers at the »
It’s a shame that the zombie-mowing, monster-bashing post-apocalyptic Resident Evil series should end on a bum note, with one of its weakest entries; whether taken as guilty pleasures or as termite art, these movies are the only good thing to have come out of the early 2000s craze for schlocky video-game adaptations. They’re terrifically entertaining, boasting a capable pulp heroine in Milla Jovovich’s wasteland-roving Alice and an action-to-downtime ratio that makes most of their genre competitors look like pretentious twaddle. Jovovich’s husband Paul W.S. Anderson produces, writes, and directs most of them, and he’s a disreputable, utterly sincere sci-fi stylist whose dogged commitment to filming corridors, urban wastelands, and anything reminiscent of Aliens (including, yes, Alien Vs. Predator) eventually metastasized into a set of narrative themes. But behind these strong B-movie values is a series that begs to not be read literally—a mirror »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
“Split” is once again twisting its way to the top of the box office after beating out newcomers “A Dog’s Purpose” and “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” on Friday. The film, from Universal via its partnership with Blumhouse Productions, earned nearly $8 million on Friday on its way to a $25 to $26 million second weekend at 3,199 locations.
“A Dog’s Purpose,” also distributed by Universal, but made by Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media, fetched $5.3 million from 3,058 theaters to put it solidly in second for the weekend.
“A Dog’s Purpose” met blowback when TMZ leaked a video showing a German Shepherd struggling during production. The video sparked outrage online and PETA called for a boycott, while the filmmakers have insisted that the clip did not accurately represent what happened on set. Still, Universal canceled the film’s intended premiere and press junket, and the situation dropped estimates for the film’s »
- Seth Kelley
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Paul W.S. Anderson is closing out a major chapter in his career.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth and final installment of the vide ogame franchise he's shepherded since 2002, is in theaters now and will help put the franchise over $1 billion at the box office.
The series broke ground, tackling the zombie genre before it enjoyed a resurgence and putting a female character (Milla Jovovich's Alice) front and center in an action movie.
In a conversation with Heat Vision, Anderson looks back on his time with the series and reveals what's next for him.
Why has »
- Aaron Couch
I sit before you a broken, devastated Resident Evil fan after watching Paul W.S. Anderson’s final nail in Alice’s coffin, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. This is coming from a Resident Evil apologist, nonetheless. Someone who enthusiastically purchased the original trilogy on special edition. Someone who’s most swoon-worthy cinematic crush is Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine. Someone who goes to bat for Kevin Durand as Barry Burton, or refers to all six five previous Resident Evil movies as sweet horror junk food. These sentiments are wholly sincere, but even an Alice devotee like myself can’t recognize The Final Chapter as a fitting means to any franchise “end” (there’s always sequel potential). Abandon hope and pray for a swift finish all you want – welcome to the lowest depths of mainstream horror Hell.
Anderson’s “last” Re hurrah opens on Alice (Milla Jovovich), who rises from a Washington, »
- Matt Donato
James McAvoy’s horror-thriller “Split” is showing plenty of staying power, heading for its second consecutive victory at the North American box office with about $19 million at 3,199 sites, early estimates showed Friday.
The opening of controversial family drama “A Dog’s Purpose” appeared to be performing at the lower end of expectations in second — with about $18 million at 3,058 sites — following a boycott launched by PETA over a leaked video showing a German Shepherd struggling during production. The filmmakers have insisted that PETA and TMZ have mischaracterized what took place.
PETA’s PR attack appears to have had a moderate toll, given that forecasts before the boycott was launched were as high as $25 million. “Split” should dominate moviegoing on Friday with $7 million while “A Dog’s Purpose” puts its paws on about $5 million.
PETA Responds: No, American Humane, ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ is Not to be a Prop (Guest Column)
Universal is handling both titles, »
- Dave McNary
The Walking Dead fans know Chris Hardwick as the host of Talking Dead, but a new promo video features him as the host of the faux talk show Reviewing Evil. With special guests Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter on hand to talk about Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Hardwick begins to succumb to the zombifying effects of the T-virus…
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter synopsis: “In “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. The film was written »
- Derek Anderson
Let’s get this out of the way, vulgarians: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is a bit different than the past Paul W.S. Anderson-directed entries. As evident from its initial trailer and clips, hand-held camerawork and frenetic cutting have come to replace the balletic action choreography praised as “bodies in motion and / or space” by numerous online film pundits. Which is not to act as if Anderson handed off the reins of his beloved franchise to Olivier Megaton or somebody, but this newest installment can’t necessarily be treated as another victory lap for Anderson’s superior technique. (Don’t worry: there are still plenty of corridors and trap doors to waltz through.) Yet once one is acclimated to this chaos-cinema form, even if it’s a bit more assaultive in post-converted 3D, the writer-director’s simultaneous economic storytelling and boyish imagination come into clear view.
It may have »
- Ethan Vestby
A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.
Curiosity killed the cat, and controversy might kill A Dog’s Purpose — with a little help from Milla Jovovich, that is.
The action star’s latest genre venture, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, squares off this weekend against the family-oriented, Lasse Hallström-directed picture, which has endured the brunt of negative publicity following the publication of a video depicting the film’s production, during which a dog trainer seemingly forced a German shepherd to film a water-based scene against the animal’s will.
Though intense social media backlash should be »
That was more than double the take for Universal’s controversial family drama “A Dog's Purpose,” which launched with a moderate $455,000 in 2,255 domestic sites.
“Resident Evil: Final Chapter” is projected to finish the weekend with about $13 million to $14 million at 3,104 sites. The film — which has a $40 million price tag — marks the sixth and final installment in the franchise adaptation of Capcom’s video game series.
Milla Jovovich — who has been in all six movies — portrays the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”), Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, South Korean actor Lee Joon-Gi and Fraser James also star with Paul W.S. Anderson returning to direct.
“A Dog’s Purpose” faces serious »
- Dave McNary
Written and Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (the sixth and supposed final installment in Paul W.S. Anderson’s box office successful adaptation of the video game franchise) takes the character of fan favorite villain Albert Wester and sits him down underground guarding The Hive (along with the antivirus to the T-Virus) while casually slamming »
- Robert Kojder
In 1984, “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” was released in theaters; 33 years and eight movies later, the slasher saga refuses to stay dead. One suspects that might also be the case for “Resident Evil,” whose own “Final Chapter” marks a surprisingly satisfying conclusion to this based-on-a-video-game franchise — assuming writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson actually makes good on the title, that is. “A lot of people died,” Alice (Milla Jovovich) says in the explanatory monologue that opens most of the prior five films. “Trouble was, they didn’t stay dead.” Ditto the series as a whole, though this latest entry »
- Michael Nordine
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