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“Jackass 3D”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Well, the boys are back in town, and this time they’re going to let you take a few balls to the face right along with them, all in glorious 3D! That’s right, finally a movie that truly deserves the 3D treatment. I know, it sounds like a joke, but after seeing it for myself, Jackass 3D just might be exactly what 3D movies needed. You might also think that it’s just going to be a series of cheesy and vulgar things being poked at the audience, but it’s not… Well, maybe at times, but they actually use the 3D technology to its absolute best capabilities. In a previous review, I mentioned that one of the biggest problems with 3D movies these days is that some of the faster action sequences tend to cause the images to blur and sometimes loose their effect. I also recently mentioned that the use of 3D and high speed slow motion in Resident Evil: Afterlife was an excellent way of capturing the full potential of this modern resurgence of 3D cinema. Surprisingly Jackass 3D manages to take that concept to a whole new level. I think one of the most surprising things about Jackass 3D, is that they really planned each stunt to utilize the depth of each shot, but they also made sure the enjoyment wouldn’t be lost in 2D viewings, which is more than I would have ever expected from them. Speaking of 2D, I love the fact that a 3D movie chose to open their movie with a pair of 2D characters presented in 3D. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so I’ll just leave it at that, but trust me it’s good. If you’ve seen the previous Jackass movies, you’ll know that this is most likely the most you’ll laugh at a movie all year, and it could very well be the last one. The guys are definitely getting older, and I would have to imagine that the idea of retirement has got to be creeping its way into their minds by now. But, I can tell you, that you will be able to see something in Jackass 3D that you’ve never seen in a Jackass movie before. What could that possibly be, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Steve-O doing stunts… Let me finish! Steve-O doing stunts totally sober. And, you can totally tell. He’s much more aware of the things about to happen, and he almost seems nervous at times. You don’t need me to tell you this is a good time, and quite easily the most fun you’ll have with a room full of strangers. I think my favorite line of the entire movie would have to be, “You looked like Buck Rogers traveling in time.” I laughed my ass off during this movie, and I would highly recommend seeing it 3D. It’s well wroth the higher ticket price. And, what would a Jackass movie be without a big… Scratch that. A huge closing sequence, and Jackass 3D does not disappoint. I’m telling you, this scene put the café scene in Inception to shame. Man up and go see it! You’ll thank me.

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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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