Mixed bag here. As a mockumentary it was excellent. Hit the right vein (sic) throughout as a bat-on-the-wall documentary of the night-to-night lives of vampires coming to terms with modern life. However, why they were stuck in a time-warp was beyond me. For fans of the genre, this is a great take. Don’t expect anything too meaty though, except for the occasional ham. Looks like they had a great time making it.
The book adaptation was essentially another Hollywood movie with zombies – albeit hyperactive ones created as a result of an unknown virus. The film lacked engagement, though had the usual set-up of retired special ops family guy recalled to duty to uncover the origin of the plague, but sadly ended with only a partial solution to the problem. It was not the human story I had expected.
This felt like watching the [cut] cut-scenes from a video game. OK, it’s based on a video game, but this umpteenth instalment shows more of the same trademark WS Anderson & Milla Jovovich action that we have seen before. Our heroine wakes in a secret prison and fights her way out – just like most action games. Even the monsters are repeats of previous instalments and the ending sets up for the next instalment – Resident Evil: Overkill?
The first two Beckinsale outings in this were stronger in tone and backstory than this outing which, although being a logical extension of the franchise by moving the characters into the near future, lacks an integrity in its ethos and feels essentially like another “what would happen if humans found out about vampires” film of which we have seen many. Although this focuses on Seline’s (very bloody) story, it doesn’t add any meat on the bones of the trilogy.
Despite the poor reviews and the general formulaic nature of this story, it was entertaining. The concept behind the aliens was very interesting, although poorly executed visually IMHO. It’s another of those “aliens invade and wipe out most of humanity” movies that we’ve seen a few of recently and leaves us with a feeling that a part 2 is necessary to enlighten us on the alien’s backstory, as well as how we deal with them. Can’t movies be complete nowadays?