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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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“The Crazies”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Welcome to Ogden Marsh, population 1,260, and dropping. I’ve got to tell you, this is one hell of a movie. It hasn’t even opened nationwide yet, and I’ve already seen it twice. It’s a remake of a 1973 George A. Romero film of the same name. I haven’t seen the original, but I’m now really looking forward to checking it out very soon. George A. Romero was an executive producer on this new version as well, which is always a good sign on a remake. The one thing I would however advise you to do before seeing The Crazies, is to not watch all the trailers for the movie before seeing it. The one that I have posted at the end of this review is safe, but this is truly the type of movie that the less you know going in, the better. The second time I went to see it, I brought Shady with me, who watched the trailer right before going, and he said it totally ruined it for him. Now this was months ago, so the trailer he watch was the first trailer they released, and they have since stopped showing it for just that reason. The new trailers are a little bit more vague, but it’s still better to just go see the movie with absolutely no spoilers.

Now, this is where I would normally tell you what the movie is about… But, how can I do that, when I just told you not to watch any of the film’s trailers? Okay, here’s what I feel I can tell you… This is not a zombie movie. Most people hear George A. Romero, and instantly think zombie, which they damn well should! However, this is not about zombies. In this movie, it’s more like a virus with zombie type symptoms. Unlike zombies, the infected in this movie don’t want to feed on human flesh, or hunt in hordes. No, it’s more like a creepy, calm, empty rage, which on film is way scarier than it sounds. Trust me. The Crazies takes place in a small Iowa town just outside Cedar Rapids, where Sheriff David Dutton, played by Timothy Olyphant, tries desperately to save his wife and town from a sudden virus, and at the same time a government quarantine. That kind of sums it up quite nicely, and spoiler free to boot.

I really liked this movie. You can even tell when you’re watching it, that the filmmakers, really knew what they wanted to do with this project. At no point does it try be something it’s not. It’s just a nice clear-cut story that is brilliantly directed by Breck Eisner, and is a perfect example of what I would consider an outstanding movie. Which is shocking because Eisner, son of Michael Eisner, also directed Sahara. What I think really does work for this movie, is that it has this “little movie that could” feel to it that definitely adds to its charm, much like one of my other absolute favorite movies, Feast. If you have not seen Feast yet, shame on you! More on that some other day, but for now back to the movie at hand. The Crazies really does do a wonderful job of mixing the suspense and tension in the film, into a fantastic horror cocktail. The scenes in the funeral parlor and car wash are just so good, truly classic horror movie moments. I can almost guarantee that I will be seeing this again in the theatre real soon. It’s just simply a fun ride. So, to all of you reading this right now, do yourselves a favor; buy a ticket, and take the ride. You’d be crazy not too.

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