This week has a few promising films coming out, so I’m going to talk about a couple of limited release flicks in addition to mainstream ones. Arriving in theaters today are “Resident Evil: Retribution,” “Stolen,” “Liberal Arts,” “Arbitrage,” and “The Master.”
MY PICK: “Liberal Arts”
The Umbrella Corporation’s T-virus continues to devastate the planet, transforming humans into legions of flesh eating zombies. Mankind’s last hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), wakes up in the heart of the evil company’s clandestine facility, where she uncovers more of her past, the deeper she travels into the complex.
Director/Writer: Jovovich’s husband Paul W.S. Anderson (“Three Musketeers,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”)
Notable Supporting Actors: Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Oded Fehr, Sienna Guillory
ORIGINALITY RATING: Low. I can’t believe that they’ve made it to a fifth “Resident Evil” movie or that anyone still wants to watch this franchise. I personally stopped caring after the third film in the series. The trailer opens with a cheesy suburban scene to illustrate how the Umbrella Corporation is manipulating Alice’s mind. It tries to make the movie seem deep, where you’ll constantly keep guessing what’s real and what’s not. But a few seconds later you see the same familiar over-the-top slow-mo CG explosions, creatures, and wire stunts that the previous flicks have popularized. Oh, and they also recycle tons of characters from previous “Resident Evil” outings. I’m going to pass on this one and hope they don’t make a sixth movie.
WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers with a fondness for mindless CG action flicks. If you’re somehow not bored by Milla Jovovich doing ridiculous acrobatics and killing hordes of undead monsters, then you should see “Resident Evil: Retribution.”