Resident Evil (2002)

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Colin Salmon, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, Pasquale Aleardi, Liz May Brice

Story The Umbrella Cooperation are a well known family friendly company with appliances in every home. They use this as a cover for their own money making schemes of Viral weaponry. One of the virus was released killing everyone inside the facilities better known as The Hive. Alice (Milla Jovovich) lives above the Hive but wakes up with no memory meeting Matt (Eric Mabius) wandering around her home. A group on military people invade the home lead by James Shade (Colin Salmon) and including Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez), CHad Kaplan (Martin Crewes), J.D (Pasquale Aleardi) and Medic (Liz May Brice).

This team of elite solider has been set down into the Hive to discover what happened. Upon reaching the train down to the entrance of the Hive they find Spencer Parks (James Purefoy) who has also lost his memories from the after effects of the gas leaked into the higher levels. The team have three hours to discover what happened and get out before the Hive is locked. What follows in the series of events causing the Hive to get filled with the undead and a conspiracy to be revealed.

Verdict Based on the video game this is one of the better movie based on games and judging by the three sequels already out and one more on the way out this is a popular one too. Having it set in a enclosed facility makes us believe the virus can be contained. The overall story of the regaining memory of Alice adds to what will become a bigger picture to the franchise. The special effects are stand out for the time with some very over the top deaths scenes. The start of a very good franchise leaves you wanting more a great watch for all the game fans and non game fans.

Best quote Red Queen Computer ‘You’re all going to die down here’

Favourite character Rain takes no prisoners and takes a lot of through out the film

Best moment The killer laser room

Worst Moment Very small exposure of the super mutant

My Rating 83%

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, SPencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, Wentworth Miller, Kacey Barrifield, Norman Young

Story Alice (Milla Jovovich) takes her battle against the Umbrella Cooperation to new levels by invading one of the underground facilities lead by Wesker (Shawn Roberts). After somehow escaping she heads of the Alaska to meet up with the party of people she set there including Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and K-Mart (Spencer Locke). She finds nothings but a airplane graveyard before getting attacked by a brain washed Claire.

Alice finds a plane that work and set off looking for more survivors with Claire tied up trying to refuel her memory. Once they reach Hollywood they find some survivors on the roof of a prison surrounded by the undead. After an ambitious landing we meet the survivors. Lead by Luther West (Boris Kodjoe) we have Bennett (Kim Coates), Angel Oritz (Sergio Peris Mencheta), Crystal (Kacey Barnfield) Kim Yong (Norman Yeung) and Wendell (Fulvio Cecere). We also meet a favourite of the game series Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller).

With the undead starting to break the barriers a super mutant Axeman leading this attack can our heroes get help from a near by boat with the same signal which lead Alice to Alaska?

Verdict This is one of the better sequels too the video game franchise to movie. Alice kick ass again learning more about her powers along the way. The introduction of more of the video game characters proves this franchise is still going strong. The 3D side of the film is bought off well throwing all sorts of things into the audience. Overall this is a good action horror well worth a watch for all fans.

Best quote Wesker ‘I’m what you used to be. Only Better’

Favourite character Alice because she keep coming and kicking ass

Stand out performance Shawn Roberts as Wesker strong performance and no emotional villain

Best moment Opening army of Alice breaking into the Umbrella cooperation

Worst Moment Killing off the supporting cast way to quickly

Cameo Alert Jill Valentine can be seen if you watch the credits

My Rating 78%

Legendary (2010)

Director: Mel Damski
Writer: John Posey
Starring: John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, Devon Grave, Courtney J. Clark, Danny Glover

Story Cal (Devon Grave) a hardworking school kid who just gets tired of being picked on by the kids at school. Cal decides to join the wrestling team to prove himself. Cal’s father and brother Mike (John Cena) where both champions so Cal believes it is in his blood.

Cal’s mother Sharon (Patricia Clarkson) is against Cal wrestling because it destroyed his father and Mike lives. After struggling to get make an impact a seemingly random fisherman Red (Danny Glover) and best friend Lori (Courtney J. Clark) push him into not quiting. Cal tracks down his distant brother Mike and talks him into training him to be a better wrestler. Can Cal’s’ wrestling bring his family back together after ten years apart?

Verdict This is an inspirational drama about over coming odds. It also tells how one tragedy can change a family for years. It isn’t so much about the wrestling its more about the learning of a sport can build someone to be stronger for life. i was surprised with John Cena performance because he delivers one strong performance as a down ex champion who is living with something he simple couldn’t handle. A strong supporting cast of Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover both give strong performance while unknown Devon Grave puts a great performance in along side these big names. If you like sports dramas this is one to watch

Best quote Red ‘ Not all legends are about victory. Some are about struggle, finding out who you are and your reason for being’

Favourite character Lori the quirky girl next door and love interest of Cal

Stand out performance Devon Grave gives a great solid performance

Best moment Red’s innocent looking short scenes with great speeches

Worst Moment could have had more back story on how Cal got through the tragedy.

My Rating 80%

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Director: Brett Ratner
Writer: Simon Kinberg, Zak Penn
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones, Ellen Page, Daniel Cudmore, Ben Foster

Story The X-men team are still recovering from the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). Cyclops (James Marsden) has stopped even trying to teach at the school leaving Wolverine(Hugh Jackman) to fill in. Wolverine and Storm (Halle Berry) are trying a new team Rogue (Anna Paquin), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Shadowcat (Ellen Page) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore). Cyclops travels too where Jean died only for something to happen causing Jean to return only to be more powerful than anyone could handle.

Magneto (Ian Mckellen) with his new partner Pyro (Aaron Stanford) are recruiting new mutants while searching for the recently capture Mystique (Rebecca Romijn). Both sides are working out a plan to stop a mutant cure Beast (Kelsey Grammer) having a the right hand of the President tries to stop the release but fails.

We are left with everyone battling for to stop a cure but some will go further than others. With lots of casualties along the way who will still be standing at the end?

Verdict The story continues from the first too but takes a far more drastic line by killing of some of the main characters. The action is the best of the lot but doesn’t always make the most of the abilities. This is a bit shorter than the other X-men and you can sort of feel how this one was rushed. Seeing Charles and Erik working together shows how close a friends they are just driven to different paths. If you have seen the original two you should complete the collection but if you haven’t seen it you may find it hard to follow some of the previous character development.

Best quote Erik ‘Charles Xavier did more for mutants than you will ever know. My single greatest regret is that he had to die for our dream to live’

Favourite character Juggernaut has some funny one liners and is very destructive

Stand out performance Ian Mckellen as leader of the brother hood gets a more regretful storyline that he performs very well

Best moment Magneto moving the Golden Gate bridge to get to Alcatraz.

Worst Moment Angel not really having any lines or involvement in the main story

My rating 76%

X-Men 2 (2003)

Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: Zak Penn, David Hayler, Bryan Singer
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davidson, Aaron Sranford, Shawn Ashmore, Kelly Hu

Story After an attack on the President by Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming). William Striker (Brian Cox) is calling for all mutants to be captured. After capturing Xavier (Patrick Stewart) on one of his visits to Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Cyclops (James Marsden). Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Storm (Halle Berry) are of locating Nightcrawler leaving Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in charge of the school.

Striker sets up an attack on the school trying to capture all the mutants inside with most getting out safe and Rogue (Anna Paquin), Pyro (Aaron Stanford) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) teaming up with Wolverine to locate the others and the location of Strikers base. While this is going on Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) is trying to free Magneto. We are now left with the humans who want to destroy the mutants, the mutants who want to destroy humans and the mutants who just want peace who will come out on top?

Verdict This is a brilliant sequel and one of the best superhero movies you will see. each character is well worked and performed well. The fights are all well executed to give full effect on the powers being used. The story is very well told adding to the what was built up in the first movie. You will be kept on the end of your seat from start to finish.

Best quote Magneto ‘Charles Xavier, have you come to rescue me?’

Favourite character Pyro gets all the best line and most development through the film

Stand out performance Hugh Jackman this is his best outing as Wolverine strong leader and big screen presences.

Best moment Magneto landing the X-men jet

Worst Moment Most of Storm’s scenes dull character with boring power

My rating 92%