I watched a performance of Les Mis�rables, last night. These guys weren't professional actors, but some of them certainly could've been. There were the occasional glitch, but they were few and did little other than remind you that you actually were watching an amateur performance. A very impressive show, to say the least.
Something I cannot say about the movie I just finished watching. Even if I hoped I'd be able to before watching it, seeing how I love the horror genr�. Almost as much as I love science fiction. And since this movie is both, why, how could it not be simply awesome? Resident Evil, da movee!
Ye gods, to the back of which bug did they find the manuscript stapled when they were turning rocks over in the producer's garden? I'm not going to reveal any details of the movie, other than my dislike. It's stuffed to the brim with cheap shock effects, and everyone knows how that lifts a movie and doesn't get annoying. Something that also bugged me, was the fact that the zombie phenomena was explained in a fashion almost exactly identical to an old young-adult novel by a danish author by the name of Dennis J�rgensen, Carcassmarch or March of the Carcase, whichever sounds the least dumb in english. It could be unrelated, but the point is that RE is a bunch of old gigs crammed into a new frame and given a substantial budget.
And another thing. The security computer! That was probably the most retarded of all, even if it did have a reason for its actions (which the security computer in The Tower (1993) did not, but otherwise it was the same deal). Yes, let's give it the voice and appearence of a 12-year old girl, that's a sure success. And I'm sure whoever's paid for the thing in the movie also thought it was a great idea.
You've also gotta love how little technological progress we'll evidently have in the next 70-80 years. There is the security computer, ofcourse, but that's about it. What little there otherwise is, appears added as an afterthought. They have, however, had some progress in the development of elevators. They now have computer-overidable fail-safes, so they can plummet to the ground and operate with the doors open. Yir.
The ending was predictable as always (I haven't seen a wrapped-up horror movie since Alien, and they still managed to make a good sequel, so don't start :-P - Wait, did The Curse have an open ending? I don't think so, but I forget), though I had my hopes up until they ran into the white guys.
Was the movie all bad? No, it had some mystery, some suspence that wasn't just leading up to another cheap shock, very good makeup/CGI with the more extreme monsters. The dogs were cool, even if they were obscured by speed and darkness most of the time. I think they were supposed to look like they'd been skinned, but why the heck would they look like that? And why would the doors of their cages hang open, when they'd simply broken out through the wire, anyway?
I'll sum it up with this: I don't regret having watched it.
My vacation's just started, with plenty of time to watch other movies. =)