Speaking at the Beijing International Film Festival, the director dropped some interesting tidbits about the project. Most notably, Li Bingbing will definitely be reprising her role as Ada Wong for the movie. Bingbing and series star Milla Jovovich are the only actors who have been confirmed for Resident Evil 6 thus far. However, due to the cliffhanger ending of Resident Evil: Retribution,
The fifth film in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution, arrives on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD today. To celebrate this latest entry in the longstanding series based on the classic video game, we caught up with director Paul W.S. Anderson, who returns for his 3rd time behind the camera and his fifth time as a producer.
Why does he keep coming back? And what does the sixth film have in store for us? Here is our conversation.
What keeps brining you back to this franchise?
Paul W.S. Anderson: I love it!
That's the easy answer, isn't it?
Paul W.S. Anderson: I have always loved it. I loved the video game, from the start. I played the first two before I became involved in the movie. It took me a few weeks to emerge from my apartment,
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The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race's last and only hope, Alice (Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex.
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.
Starring Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Shawn Roberts, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory, Aryana Engineer, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe and Li Bingbing.
Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.
Even the most ardent support of the Resident Evil series would have to admit it’s a small miracle there have been five films made and that the productions have stretched out over a decade. As somewhat of a fan of the series, I still find little to recommend in this, the fifth instalment.
With the exception of the visual treat that is Milla Jovovich, what has kept me watching the series, is the filmmaker’s commendable efforts to actually try and progress the foundations built in the first film; the T-Virus has spread from a single building, to the city, to the world,
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of increasingly lethal Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most impenetrable operations facility. Attempting a death-defying escape from the vast, high-tech complex with the help of a crew of elite commandos, Alice battles her way through the cityscapes of Tokyo, New York City, Moscow and Washington, D.C. Along the way, she encounters a series of mind-blowing revelations that will force her to rethink everything she once believed. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice finds a
Written by: Paul W. S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory, Shawn Roberts, Aryana Engineer, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing
Well, Alice didn't get to stay on that big boat for very long.
The evil Umbrella Corporation swoops in, blows stuff up, and manages to capture Alice for their continued nefarious purposes. Meanwhile, they also run gigantic simulations of various undead attacks around the world, powered by hundreds and hundreds of cheap and disposable clones. They torture Alice for awhile, who then escapes along with a couple of clones, including one that thinks she is Alice's daughter. Alice doesn't tell her that she isn't.
Alice teams up with Ada Wong (Li Bingbing), who apparently used to work for her primary enemy Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), which should make her evil, but apparently she stopped being
Now I have to admit right off the bat, I find the whole Resident Evil franchise to be a guilty pleasure of sorts, exploiting the horror genre for big time blockbuster action much like how Fast and Furious films feel to action fans. Hell, I bought the first three Resident Evil films in a three pack trilogy for $10 at Wal-Mart, voluntarily hosted all night marathon viewings of the franchise, and don’t regret a single minute. Let’s just not talk about Resident Evil: Afterlife…
With the exception of the films of George Romero, the zombie genre has never been my thing. I’m sure, the recent success of the television series The Walking Dead has plenty to do with its strong cast and dramatic stories (so I’m told), but when zombies are involved, my interest goes out the window. The same can be said for the theatrical adaptation of the Resident Evil video game series. Until the third film in this wildly successful franchise, I kinda hated these movies. I use the word “kinda” because when the mesmerizing Milla Jovovich is involved, I tend to stop dead in my tracks. Despite being the star of a popcorn action franchise, Jovovich is actually a pretty decent actress who along with husband and writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson have
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Written by Paul W.S. Anderson
For schoolchildren, September heralds the end of an enjoyable epoch – the end to all of the carefree hedonism and devil-may-care attitudes of summer vacation. In its place are the daunting expectations of school, the angst of making new friends, and the apathy towards uninspired subject primers. September is a dreadful month, but, for most kids, the year only gets better from that point on.
For critics, September has the exact same connotation. September heralds the end of summer movies, the end to all the pyrotechnics and computer generated delirium of big-budget commercial blockbusters. In its place are studio afterthoughts (movies deemed too rubbish to be lumped in with the aforesaid), which are consequently dumped in mid-September, on unassuming audiences without apology or impunity.
Yes, September marks the spectre of terrible movies, and nothing typifies
During our interview, we spoke with the actress about the evolution of Alice over the last ten years since the first Resident Evil debuted in theaters, her thoughts on playing multiple versions of the same character for Retribution and more.
Check out our exclusive one-on-one with Jovovich below and look for more on Resident Evil: Retribution this week!
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Dread Central: You've been with this character for over ten years now; how did it feel to change things up with Alice's dynamic for Retribution? Did you get to have any input regarding the direction of Alice at all on this one?
The film earned more than $100 million in box office receipts, more than triple the flick's budget.
This Friday, September 14th, the fourth sequel in the series - Resident Evil: Retribution - is set to invade theaters everywhere in 3D and reunites Alice (Jovovich) with many familiar franchise faces, including Michelle Rodriguez, Boris Kodjoe, Oded Fehr and Sienna Guillory, as well as introducing a handful of newcomers including Johann Urb, Kevin Durand, Li BingBing and Aryana Engineer.
During a recent press day for the film, Dread Central had the opportunity to chat exclusively with Anderson about Resident Evil: Retribution, why he feels like this one has some of the "scariest franchise moments ever" and whether or
In the film, the Umbrella Corporation.s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race.s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella.s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends,
Upon entering Cinespace, we were greeted by a large Christmas tree with an undead zombie friend propped up nearby, signaling the cast and crew still remained in good spirits even if this was 47th day of shooting on the sequel.
As we made our way through the vacuous sound stages, we finally entered where Anderson and his crew were shooting a scene that leads into Resident Evil: Retribution's epic showdown in the wintry terrain of Russia between Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), who was a bit of an 'Easter egg' in the credits sequence of Resident Evil: Afterlife.
Pull up your chair, sit back, and strap yourself in for a look back at the dos, the don'ts, and of course the "Doh!"s of this past year.
Dig on our Best of and Worst of lists for 2009 by following the links below!
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While not as prolific a horror subject as zombies or vampires, creepy kids have been a genre standby for decades. We get a new entry in that field via 2009's Orphan.
When her pregnancy results in miscarriage, Kate Coleman (Vera Farmiga) suffers from nightmares and various psychological concerns. Though somewhat reticent, she and husband John (Peter Sarsgaard) decide to adopt a child to add to their existing brood of Maxine (Aryana Engineer) and Daniel (Jimmy Bennett).
They choose Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), a rather prim and proper but nonetheless sweet, charming little girl. She immediately hits it off with hearing impaired Max, but Daniel becomes jealous of all the attention his new sister receives. They become rivals, and Esther also runs into mockery and disdain at school.
None of this ends well for the parties who cross Esther. Not that things go much better for
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