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“Resident Evil: Afterlife”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Alice is back… Again. And this time she’s bringing it to you in 3D, but this ain’t Wonderland. It’s more of a zombie wasteland. To be honest, I know I’ve seen the previous three movies, but I don’t for the life of me remember anything about them. To be brutally honest, I didn’t even remember that this was the fourth movie in the series. I actually thought it was the third, but in my defense it is called Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D. Why can’t they just say, in 3D? Saw 3D is not the third movie of the series, it’s the seventh. So, say Saw VII in 3D. Where as, Jackass 3D works because it is in fact the third movie. See what I mean? Getting back to the series at hand, I do however remember that the last one took place in Las Vegas, and that birds were infected with the T-virus, which made for a cool scene, but other than that it’s all pretty fuzzy. I probably should have brushed-up on the other movies before going to Resident Evil: Afterlife, but to continue being honest, I don’t think it really mattered. In a nutshell, it’s still all about Alice’s ongoing battle with the Umbrella Corporation. And, what’s better than Milla Jovovich kicking a bunch of zombie ass? That’s right, multiple Milla Jovovichs. The clones are back as well, and they start out the movie by finally taking down the Umbrella Corporation’s main headquarters located in Japan. We’re also introduced to another one of the game’s franchise characters, Chris Redfield, played by Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller. I know that these movies are based on the Resident Evil video games from Capcom, and that their realism is to be taken with a grain of salt, but there is a moment in this latest installment that wouldn’t even be believable no matter how much you suspend your disbelief. Not that this is going to take away from your enjoyment of the movie, I’m just saying that the main character would be so dead within the first twenty minutes of this movie… Just saying. On the other hand, the movie’s 3D is really good. Writer/Director Paul W.S. Anderson does a great job of utilizing the 3D’s field of depth. He not only brings the action off the screen, but he also manages to keep the movie’s sense of 3D consistently throughout the film. Unlike Clash of the Titans, Resident Evil: Afterlife was filmed completely in 3D, and not just reformatted for the sake of a higher ticket price, and it shows. The movie might not be one of the best examples of modern cinema, but I would highly recommend experiencing the 3D in theaters if you get the chance. The Resident Evil movies definitely have a good sense of self, and each movie sets up the next just as well. That’s right. I think it’s safe to say a fifth Resident Evil movie will be getting the green light any day now, which I think I’m okay with. Just be sure to check your logic and reason at the door.

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“Surrogates”
a review Darby O’Gill

In the near future people no longer leave there homes, instead they jack-in to a surrogate robot that they operate like a car. The really trippy thing is that surrogates also drive cars, so a person can operate a surrogate and a car at the same time. Did I just blow your minds? The movie is based on the 2005 comic book series The Surrogate and takes place in a world of robots, where crime is almost nonexistent, almost. When an unknown device seems to kill not only Surrogates, but also their operators, Detective Greer, played by Bruce Willis, finds himself investigating the first homicide in over a decade. Surrogates, being machines, are stronger and faster than a normal person. They can also be or look like anything. It’s the internet in everyday life. What looks like a hot twenty-eight year old girl, is really a fat fifty-four year old man. It kind of makes you wonder why there isn’t more crime. If anyone could look like anything, why wouldn’t they be robbing banks or something? I’m getting off subject, but it’s a good point. Back to the story at hand; while investigating the murders, Greer’s Surrogate gets destroyed, and Greer is forced to go out into the world without a Surrogate to continue his investigation, and uncovers a much deeper plot against the Surrogates. It’s really cool the way they deal with this part of the story. Willis’ character is just overwhelmed by his senses the first time out on his own. You really realize these people have been locked up in their houses with no real contact with the outside world, and it’s almost like quitting an addiction. At times you really can’t help but notice just how close we could be to that. Every day something else comes out that keeps us in touch with people, but without ever having to see them. It’s kind of scary. Even as I’m writing this, I’m thinking wow this sounds like a great movie, and I would like nothing more than to tell you that this is the case, but sadly it’s not. The problem with Surrogates is that they had a chance to do something new, but instead just seemed to play it safe, and go through the motions. This truly could have been the next Blade Runner, well okay, maybe not. But, it could have been something great. The ideas are there, but everything you see is something you’ve pretty much seen before. It’s a fun movie and well worth seeing, but I just wish they would have taken it to that next level. Would somebody, please give Hollywood their balls back! We’re so close to getting something good here. The one thing I really did like wasn’t in the movie. Elizabeth Banks! I’ve always enjoyed her performances in movies, but I think I’m an even bigger fan of hers now. She was an executive producer on this film, and yet she doesn’t appear in it. As a producer, she could have easily given herself a role in the movie, but she didn’t. The only time most actors produce a project is to guarantee they can be in it, but not Ms. Banks. It says a lot about her character, and I am now a bigger fan because of it.

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3 Little People