Resident Evil

The Resident Evil series of movies has no special place in my heart and it’s slightly confusing how many there are compared to how many games there are, which characters are which in each installment, and why some characters have developed mental powers. That being said, they’re all pretty watchable in a bad/good battle way.

On Friday at San Diego Comic-Con director Paul W.S. Anderson was joined by Milla Jovovich, Mika Nakashima, Boris Kodjoe, Oded Fehr, and Michelle Rodriguez, the latter two who are both returning from the dead for the franchise. What can we expect from what might be – but probably won’t be – the last installment?

An epic as hell cat fight, based on the footage shown at Con. We got to see a 2 1/2 minute long segment of a promised 9 minute long fight which had Alice facing off against Jill Valentine in an Arctic arena, while Rain (Rodriguez) injects herself with some sort of serum that allows her to instantly heal from CGI bullets and eject the rounds from her body with no ill effects.

The footage was the highlight here, with the 3D looking good and being a mix of image depth and weapons being thrown at your face. The fight choreography was beautiful as the ladies exchanged vicious kicks, punches, and throws. It was definitely an exhilarating glimpse into the fight science. On the down  side, and hopefully maybe these were just unfinished, but the digital blood effects of Rain getting shot were atrocious.

In terms of news, there was a somewhat vague back and forth between the husband and wife team of Jovovich and Anderson and it was a little bit unclear whether this movie is the start of the end of the franchise or the actual end. With each movie making hundreds of millions of dollars (the last one pulled in nearly $300mil worldwide), I wouldn’t be surprised if we get one more out of this team before the inevitable reboot.

Final word? The fight scene looked awesome and this installment of the popular franchise should fall in line with the others – if not rising a little bit above them.

Fun addendum: At one point a creepy fan dressed as Buzz Lightyear asked Michelle Rodriguez if she would consider having sex with him. She told a long story about a crazy dude jerking off in her backyard while she stood there laughing at home, holding a sword in one hand and a .45 pistol given to her by Samuel L. Jackson in the other while waiting for the cops to arrive. She then dropped the bomb that this guy looked just like him and the audience went wild.

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