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WonderCon 2012: ‘Lockout’ Rocks Out, ‘Battleship’ Sinks, ‘Resident Evil’ Resides, and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Kind of Amazes

Resident Evil: Retribution

Milla Jovovich is a sweetheart! She is a cute, bubbly, excitable, and nice person. I will see Resident Evil: Retribution and I will enjoy it the same way I enjoy most of the others: by fully acknowledging that it’s pretty stupid.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson told us that this film starts off delivering the epic battle the end of Resident Evil: Afterlife promised, before finding a way to bring back a lot of old characters, like Michelle Rodriguez, and some new characters from the video games.

In the footage we saw, Alice (Jovovich) is armed with a pistol and a nasty length of chain and is kicking zombie ass down a Tron-esque white-lit hallway. We see plenty of slow-motion, lots of outrageous kicks and cool moves, along with a lot of opportunity for 3D.

Anderson told us that his Director of Photography had some custom rigs made specifically for this movie, allowing him a greater degree of movement. As this is Anderson’s, and his crew’s, third 3D film, he promises to deliver on the effect.

All indications are that this movie will be cartoony, violent, silly, and ultimately moderately enjoyable.

The Amazing Spider-Man

We were shown some of the same footage from San Diego Comic-Con, which was some cool-looking Spider-Man stuff and a few spots of unfinished effects. The Amazing Spider-Man is looking pretty good. Lizard is huge, but mostly lizard-like. We’ll definitely be getting more info on Peter’s parents and it looks like the manner in which Parker indirectly causes Uncle Ben’s death is a bit different.

Gwen Stacy is now the focus in terms of love life and comments from actress Emma Stone about knowing how Stacy’s story ends before hand seems to indicate that we’ll get the ending we expect for her character – which is a good move, considering it is the second most life-defining moment of Parker’s life.

There is an extended scene of Parker (Andrew Garfield) asking Stacy out that is decently awkward, though I actually wish Parker was even worse at dealing with women and far nerdier. On the positive side, Parker does use his science skills to build web-shooters, rather than having them be organic, which leads to some laughs, and Spider-Man definitely has his attitude back.

In dealing with a carjacker, Spidey teases that the criminal “shouldn’t dress like a car thief” and sasses him when asked if he’s a cop, asking if cops generally wear red and blue pajamas. When the wanna-be thief pulls a knife, Spidey almost has a nervous breakdown, before doing all sorts of silly web-shooting tricks, laughing at the criminal’s expense.

My only hesitation of this film came during the Parker-Stacy sequence which had a whole lot of emo music played over it. I don’t want director Marc Webb to lean heavily on the soundtrack to portray emotion, as he did in 500 Days of Summer. That aside, this movie is definitely showing some strong potential.

Which of these films are you most excited to see?

Robert Fure is many things: horror expert, ruggedly handsome man of the world, witty prose composer, and writer of his own biography page. Beneath the bravado is a scared little boy, ready to grow into an awesome man and make lies about a scared little boy inside of him. Wait a minute...

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