If flesh-eating zombies, post-apocalyptic scenarios and a butt-kicking Milla Jovovich rock your boat, then you’ll find yourself drawn to Sony’s third Resident Evil chapter, opening nationwide in theaters today. Directed by franchise writer Paul W. S. Anderson, this latest adventure finds our genetically altered heroine Alice fighting the latest zombie outbreak and a nefarious Halliburton-like corporation in the Nevada desert. Directed by first-time helmer Alexandri Witt, the movie features some dazzling vfx work by Mr. X, as well as Gentle Giant, Invisible Pictures and Tatopoulos Studios.
The videogame-based Resident Evil: Extinction also stars Ali Larter (Heroes), Oded Fehr (The Mummy) and Ashanti. The first two chapters of the movie brought in $50.7 million and $40.1 million domestically. Sadly, press wasn’t invited to review the movie before its opening today. But we have a feeling the Milla fans don’t care about reviews anyway! You can read a behind-the-scenes article about the movie’s visual effects in the October issue of Animation Magazine, now available in Barnes and Nobles stores.
Among the other movies competing with Sony’s Resident Evil: Extinction this weekend are the poorly reviewed Dane Cook-Jessica Alba comedy Good Luck Chuck and Universal’s tepid ‘Snow White in college’ comedy Sydney White with Amanda Bynes.
This weeked is really a good time to catch up with some of fall’s more serious and dramatically potent offerings, such as David Cronenberg’s Russian mob drama Eastern Promises starring Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts, Warner Bros.’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (with Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck) and Sean Penn’s well-reviewed adaptation of the non-fiction book by Jon Krakauer, In the Wild.
Meanwhile, Beatles’ fans should continue to line up for director Julie Taymor’s (The Lion King show) visually stunning musical about life in Vietnam-era America, Across the Universe. You will find some great animated and vfx-laden sequences (courtesy of Eden FX, FX Cartel, Mokko Studio and Emergency House) in this dynamic fall release. Plus, the screenplay was written by English comedy scribes Dick Clements and Ian Le Franais, who helped write last year’s smashing Aardman/DreamWorks feature Flushed Away!