It’s a slow week for movies. That means I have a choice between Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Resident Evil: Afterlife. I’ll try to contain my enthusiasm. For those of you who live in Halifax and beyond, you’ve got a few more options. Flipped (which I talked about on August 6th) is back, as is The Disappearance of Alice Creed, which I talked about on August 13th . There’s also a documentary on Joan Rivers and short drama on Afghan refugees to choose from.
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE
So, Resident Evil: Afterlife is the third sequel to Resident Evil, which is based on a series of zombie video games. It’s also the first movie (after Avatar) to use James Cameron’s special 3D filming technique. The movie is so proud of this fact that it touts it for two straight minutes in the trailer. 3D movies are usually overreliant on visual gimmicks to generate interest, so I guess can assume from the fact that that trailer told us absolutely nothing about the story that there IS no story to speak of. There are zombies, monsters, and a girl with a sword. All the middle bits are filled up with scenes that show off the 3D, like throwing stars coming at you or water flying up. I am not hopeful that this movie will be worth the $15 they’re going to charge me to see it, but I don’t really have a choice. You do. Choose wisely, grasshopper.
JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK
A documentary that got rated R? Now that’s interesting. Not surprising, just interesting. After all, the subject of the documentary is a stand up comedian, not a sea turtle. It probably got the rating for raunchy jokes. It’s true what she says in the trailer, that she’s kind of the plastic surgery gone wrong poster girl and that people don’t generally say nice things about her, but she keeps on trucking, which you have to respect. This documentary seems like it has what she really thinks in it, and what’s really going on behind the scenes, not just the platitudes and outright lies that actors usually tell for DVD featurette interviews and stuff. I’d like to see it.
You’d never guess from watching the trailer that this movie is about an Iranian girl who falls for an illegal Afghan immigrant and fights with her parents/society over it. I guess they wanted a trailer with no dialogue so they could release it everywhere with no extra work, but it just made it look like a movie about chasing after busses. It almost looked like a farcical rom com in the beginning. It’s a failure of trailer, because it doesn’t give you enough information to decide whether you want to see the film or not. That’s an automatic “no” for most people, me included. If they can’t put together a coherent story in 2 minutes, how can they do it in two hours?