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Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
rushed, soundtrack did not fit, but it was fun
I own the the previous four movies on video and will be adding this one around New Year's.
You know what to expect if you are still hanging around as a fan after four blood-soaked, enjoyable movies. This fifth installment into the Resident Evil series reminded me a lot of the fourth Underworld movie in the way that it is constructed.
Some of the acting here is wooden, but the performances during the action scenes make up for it. I was not satisfied at the end, was wanting more and did not want to wait another two years if we are fortunate to experience a sixth.
Even though it felt rushed, the soundtrack is slow in order to give the movie a feeling of epicness. If you peeked at the cast list then it is understandable. An action movie that is slow does annoy me some but not enough to lessen the fun of the action scenes.
We leave behind the horror genre tag and become a sci-fi/action movie so the scares may be gone, but the excitement does not go away with it.
Knowledge of the first and fourth movie seem to be the most important here so you may want to revisit those before watching the fifth.
Casa de mi Padre (2012)
It is a spoof, nothing serious
I am a fan of spoof movies like Mel Brooks, Naked Gun, Loaded Weapon, Airplane 1&2, Top Secret, Hot Shots 1&2, Mafia and Scary Movie 3&4 so I was not phased at all by this movie. Casa de mi padre is a spoof of soap operas, the ones in Latin America in particular, and westerns. The movie does ridiculous stuff such as obvious fake backgrounds, revealing the camera crew in reflections and obviously fake animals in the scenery.
Making Will Ferrell the lead works since he specializes in comedy and is not a native Spanish speaker which makes it funny. He spoke very well, and I understood everything so it was not annoying. He was fortunate to be surrounded by native speakers to coach him and have actors from Mexico that could teach him Mexican slang since Will Ferrell's character is from Mexico.
Gael García Bernal was a total scene stealer. I know him for only his serious roles in Amores Perros and The Motorcycle Diaries so it was odd seeing him be so funny.
Some of the silliness dragged on a bit, and I wanted to fast forward. The joke was delivered, I enjoyed it but please not stretch it out to a whole minute.
This is a spoof and in Spanish and has Will Ferrell. I enjoy all 3 so it was a lot of fun for myself, but I understand why it is limited release.