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“Resident Evil: Retribution” gets a teaser trailer…Now with screencaps!

The folk at Sony’s genre label, Screen Gems, know their audience.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's "Mama Mia 2"...

We’re not bothered by review embargoes, lousy reviews or any of that stuff.  We want genre, we want it made by reasonably competent film makers and, if possible, headlined by actresses who look barely capable of picking up their dry cleaning without an entourage in tow, let alone in kicking the snot out of zombies, were-beasts and toothsome Euro Trash.

Accordingly, Screen Gems have chosen this Friday’s release of “Underworld: Awakening” to debut the trailer for this autumn’s fifth (count ’em) entry in the remarkably resilient “Resident Evil” sequence of action horror movies, “Resident Evil: Retribution”.

And – it’s a doozy.

No, you're not imagining things. This is how the trailer begins.

Beginning with the most absurd piece of product placement since the last Bond movie, the trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest has nearly thirty seconds of smiling, pretty people speaking to camera for some kind of infomercial, each one of them happily  brandishing some piece of Sony home electronics consumer tech which defines their oh-so-photogenic lifestyles.

Look, a PS Vita! What does this have to do with "Resi", again?

How very nice and synergistic.

That'll be Ada Wong's introduction into the films, then.

This surreal advertorial abruptly shifts into a scene of utterly razor-toothed mayhem, as Milla Jovovich pops up on top of a besieged White House, and a sizzle reel ensues.  Massive mutant creatures chasing a vehicle,  a fleet of armed heli-gunships, surprise returning characters, new global locations and lots of the utterly insane action which has become this series’ defining characteristic.

My name's Alice. And I remember everything. Or nothing. Possibly some Kung Fu.

Physics?  Plausibility? A pox on ye!

And then EVERYTHING exploded...

There’s some kind of correlation to be drawn between the reviews for these movies – try to find a critic who likes them – and their ever-increasing success at the global box office.  Like the similarly critically reviled “Fast and Furious” movies, the opinions of the critical establishment have no bearing on the audience paying their money to go to see each film, as each film makes a ton of money and begets another sequel in another two years or so, in some strange parody of the way that the movie business is supposed to work.

Mr Wesker respects your critical view of his film. Please now allow his Zombie Rotweillers to eat you. Have a nice day.

A movie series based on a video game sequence acting as an agent of unpredictable agitation in a staid entertainment sector and making up new rules on the fly?  Stranger things have happened.

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Another “Underworld: Awakening” poster rises from the grave…

Seriously Kate, have you ever considered fronting a European Symphonic Metal band?

Another day, another poster for this January’s “Underworld: Awakening”.

This time, we’re going with giving the punters what they want – Kate Beckinsale doing her best impersonation of Sharon Den Adel, guns akimbo, wintry vibes to the fore.

It’s a toss-up as to how many fans will view this poster, I think – are we supposed to say “Hmm…looking good there, Ms B.” or “Hmm…I wonder where I can pick up those contact lenses she’s wearing?”

In other news, the full track listing for the soundtrack has been released over at Loudwire.

You can expect the likes of Mumford & Sons, Jessie J & Lady Gaga.. Evanescence, Linkin Park, (my beloved) Lacuna Coil and The Cure on the CD, which will be available from January 16th, handily a few days before the film’s debut on January 20th 2012.

I saw the trailer again yesterday when I went to see “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” at the cinema and it’s got a lot more impact when you watch it on an appropriately sized screen (in my case, Cineworld Sheffield’s impressively huge screen 7, popularly known locally as ‘The Full Monty’), and projected digitally.

Can’t wait to see this in January – but given the amount of “Underworld” posts that I’ve written, you may have picked up on that already.  I’d worry about going on and on about this, were it not for the views that such posts generate – it’s one of the most popular topics that I write about, don’t you know? Fellow, down-low, faux-mall Goths unite!

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“Star Trek 2” is 3D. Sort of.

Have geek, will boldly travel.

In a move calculated to tick off the 3D evangelists of the world, nerd warlock J J Abrams has announced that his sequel to “Star Trek” will shoot in 2D and be post-converted to the 3D format.  And possibly IMAX, too.  Maybe even Super-8?

I admire Abrams for sticking to his guns and shooting in the format which he feels most comfortable with but I do find it disturbing that studios are now so devoted to the idea of having a 3D version of a blockbuster that they’re quite happy to have the original film retro-fitted in post production to have another box copy element to tick off.

Either make it stereoscopic or don’t – the halfway-house model of converting a film after the fact very rarely ends up doing anything other than piss off the devotees and annoys the less passionate section of the audience who just want to see a film and end up having to pay more for the privilege, wearing a crappy pair of knock-off Raybans into the bargain.

I’m all for 3D when it’s done well – “Avatar“, “Resident Evil-Afterlife” – so I’m not dead set against the format.  What I am dead set against is taking something and mis-shaping it so that it fits into a marketing strategy.

The idea that Abrams wants to post-covert to 3D and IMAX, citing the example of “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows” as a good use of the process fills me dread as that film was a complete and utter train-wreck in IMAX 3D.  Badly ghosted images, out of focus and wholly destroyed compositions, a lifelessly dull, bleached-out picture which obscured details – this is not what you pay a price premium for and if the evidence of “Deathly Hallows Part 2” in IMAX tells me anything it is that I will never again step through the door of any cinema which offers this kind of craven money grab and tries to pretend that they’re offering a premium experience.

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Harry Potter and The Emperor’s New Clothes

Accio Whatever...

On Saturday, Lovely Mrs Boo and I went to Manchester to partake of an Imax screening of “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2” at the Printworks Cinema’s Imax screen.

We’ve been there before – Seeing “The Matrix Reloaded” in Imax is one of those movie experiences which I’ll always remember – and have a real love for the big-screen format, so going to see “HP7B” wasn’t exactly a hardship. Although, as a sidebar, it’s of note that we cancelled our trip by a week to avoid any residual effects of the recent riots which so effected Manchester city centre. Things definitely seem to be getting back to normal in that regard.

To “HP7B”, then – Mrs Boo has seen the film twice, and embarked on a re-reading campaign which saw her polishing off J.K. Rowling’s series in three weeks following the release of the final film in the series. She’s into the books, less into the films but really wanted to take in the last part of the story on the biggest screen possible.

The movie itself is fine. I’m more of a fan of what David Yates did with the last four films than my wife is, whom I suspect has a true Potterphile’s devotion to the original texts and misses some of the novels’ sub-plots and diversions. It has to be said – if you have two lengthy movies to do justice to a novel as epic in scope as the final Potter book was, and you can still be accused of omitting crucial information, there’s something slightly amiss in the adaptation process.

We had a great previous experience seeing Yate’s first Potter film, “Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix” at the Printworks Imax screen, replete with sections which were presented in large format 3D – the incursion by Dumbledore’s Army into the Ministry of Magic’s Hall of Mysteries was wholly 3D and quite remarkable with it. So you might expect us to be quite chuffed by the prospect of seeing “…Deathly Hallows Part 2” in 3D, right? Not so much.

Given the choice, we would have wanted to see this movie in 2D Imax, and the option to do so wasn’t there. It’s a real shame – the post-converted print that we took in on Saturday just wasn’t up to snuff. The image quality was such that in order to see images in focus, I hit upon the successful but wholly absurd strategy of closing an eye periodically. What’s the point of a stereoscopic 3D presentation which requires the viewer to negate the process entirely in order to watch the film?

I don’t know why “…Phoenix” worked and why “…Deathly Hallows Part 2” didn’t, but the image quality was miles apart between the two films. Perhaps the shortened length of the sequel in “…Phoenix” worked in its favour, but the difference was apparent. The only sequences in “HP7B” which saw any benefit from 3D post-conversion were the credits – the camera push through the Warner Brothers logo and the Harry Potter logo were advertisements for the format and far better than anything in the rest of the film.

The Imax presentation itself was lovely – a picture which fills your field of vision pretty convincingly and truly brings you into the experience, truly visceral sound which has a palpable, near-physical presence in the theatre environment and this time around, no commercials or trailers to detract from the film. It’s just a shame that the 3D really added nothing and, in fact, actually detracted from my enjoyment.

And as for the ticket price – over £25.00 for two adults to see a film is really taking the proverbial. If distributors and theatre owners want to know why people don’t want to go to the cinema as much as they used to, that statistic is surely contributory evidence. I couldn’t and wouldn’t pay those prices on a regular basis and I don’t know how cinema owners would expect a family of four to afford tickets to see a film like this given those prices. I’d rather wait for the Blu-Ray, frankly.

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