I actually watched Resident Evil: Afterlife on BluRay at Sperhauk's house last tuesday. If I hadn't told you that you'd have never known. That poster reminds me that the movie was originally released in 3D. I didn't see it in that format and the dvd is 2D. Still, the BluRay looks pretty darn nice. It's the 4th movie in the franchise and it mostly takes up where the 3rd left off. In the opening sequence all the Alice clones attack Umbrella Corps Japan headquarters. Milla Jovovich plays Alice. She's got some T-virus in her and that makes her pretty powerful but not so human. Shawn Roberts plays the bad guy. He's all pumped full of T-virus too. He fights Milla and injects her with a T-virus remover. They escape a plane crash and each other. Milla flies to Alaska in a small two seater plane. The other survivors from the previous movie have gone there looking for Arcadia. It's supposed to have food and people who aren't infected with the zombie virus. There she finds a lot of planes and Ali Larter with a robot control spider attached to her chest. No Arcadia and no people. Ali goes back to normal once the spider is removed but it's affected her memory. The ladies fly to Los Angeles and find some people hanging out on top of a prison which is surrounded by an ocean of zombies. She lands on the roof and we meet a new group of folks. The zombies are trying to break in to the prison and it's just a matter of time before they gain access. It's not going to work to try to fly everyone out so they try going through the sewer tunnels. Most of them get out to find Arcadia empty. Oops! Almost empty. Here's Shawn again. There's more fighting and then the movie ends with a cliff hanger. I guess they are making a sequel, this movie was the biggest success in the series. It cost about 60 million and grossed nearly 300 million so far. It was mostly fun and interesting to watch. The critics didn't rate it very well but the IMDb gives it a 6. It's written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. I've mostly enjoyed his body of work. He usually delivers a good genre film. I'm a big fan of Soldier, Event Horizon, and AVP: Alien vs Predator, but have enjoyed most of his other films too. I've been liking the Resident Evil series pretty much and figure to pick this up when it gets cheap at Target.
I won't be picking up a copy of Stalker. It's a 1979 Russian movie that I got from NetFlix. It's directed by Andrei Tarkovsky who also directed Solaris, and like that movie Stalker is based on a Russian novel, Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Sperhauk says the book is better. I looked it up on the Wikipedia and the movie cuts out most of the book. Not sure I'm going to get one of those books anytime soon but in the movie some guys want a guide, or stalker, to take them into the Zone. There's a room, a place of power and magic, that might grant wishes. Things happen to people who go there, including death. The stalker's wife doesn't want him to go but he needs the money. The guide and the two scientists journey there and it seems to take forever. Then they don't even go into the room to get their change on. It's a 2 hour and 43 minute movie but it seems longer. Nothing much happens, people sit motionless for minutes, hardly saying anything. Me not get too worked up over this one.
Since I had watched both of these movies on another day I actually watched the commentaries from the 5th DVD set of Futurama episodes this morning. It's the 13 episodes that they did for Comedy Central last year, after they did the 4 straight to dvd movies. I had seen most of the episodes when they were broadcast. I bought the dvd and rewatched them. They were funny. Now I wanted to listen to the commentaries. They bring in lots of writers, directors, producers and voice talent and they talk a lot. Most of them are pretty entertaining. It's nice to see the show back and I believe it's got a 6th season coming.