Released: 29th January 2020
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Megan Good Diego Boneta, Josh Helman & Jin Au-Yeung
Director & Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Duration: 1hr 43mins
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Adaptation & Based on a Video Game.
Synopsis: When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers.
Based on a video game of the same name produced by gaming legends Capcom. We have received many fan favourites like Street Fighter, Mega Man, Resident Evil & Devil May Cry. I was hoping for something impressive.
A friend sent me the link to watch it on YouTube and I was in two minds whether to watch it as I spent the evening watching the Fantastic 4 flop starring Michael B. Jordan for the first time. (click here for my review).
Back this film, the world Artemis ends up in reminds me of the prehistoric Dinosaur era where these creatures rule the planet and roam free. The storyline is based around Artemis finding her way home and she must fight these creatures to do so, but what was never made clear was whether the other people in that world were born there or if they were transported there just like her.
Within the first 5 mins, I was disappointed with the CGI. The fight screens with the creatures were not the greatest and could have done with more work. The cuts between all fight screen (human or creature) made no sense to me and I was unable to truly enjoy them. It felt like every time I clicked my fingers the screen would cut to a different angle, which made it untidy.
Milla must find it nice to have a director as a husband, it allows her to play the lead role in his films just like in the Resident Evil franchise, which we all know the character “Alice” was made entirely for the films and has nothing to do with the games the films are based off.
Maybe Paul grew up like me, a gamer, with a love for the gaming artform and realities it creates and now as a director, he has the chance to bring these games to life on the big screen. Now I'm not sure if he does it well, but he loves his work, so good on him.
The ending left it open to a sequel and as I’ve never played the game, maybe a sequel is what this film franchise needs to save it and change my mind.
My Star rating: 2/5.
If you like the Resident Evil film franchise, even this is for you. Watch it and let me know if my rating was too low.
All images taken from IMDB.