None of the movies in this series have ever gotten good reviews. I think 35% on rotten tomatoes is the highest that they could climb, yet all of them are fun to watch. I enjoy them all to some degree, and this is a good reason why critic reviews are often “inaccurate.” The purpose and type of movie is so very seldom taken into account when assigning a star rating. These movies will never win awards, and are full of silly plot holes and bad acting – but in this case, those things don’t matter. Not even a little bit. So my reviews will be based on what they are going for - same as I try to write all of my reviews.
Less than 300 million was spent to make all 6 films, yet they made nearly 1.3 billion dollars worldwide, in case you were wondering why they keep getting made. One thing I didn’t know, was that the movies are made by Constantin films, based out of Germany. The series is the highest grossing for the country. On a side note – they also put out the Neverending Story. Constantin has already announced a reboot of the series, but little is known about it. That stands to reason, given the cash cow that the films have been.
The series is also the highest grossing based on a video game, and I attribute this to Alice. Alice was never in the games, and therefore was not beholden to any preconceived notions. The creators were able to throw in all kinds of references while still making their own movies, with their own story. Too many video game movies find it important to stick to the plot of the game….and the truth is, most video game plots aren't complex and long enough to make a film worth seeing.
Art by Anthony Genuardi and alternate poster
There isn’t a lot of actual horror in this series; basically being an action franchise - but zombies - so it counts. I had a ball re-watching them and had forgotten just how fun they were if you are able to curb expectations. Still there is one thing that bugs me, and correct me if I missed it….What the hell happened to the army of Alices from the end of the 3rd/beginning of the 4th? Why didn’t they keep helping? Oh well, so it goes.
That really was a lot of Jovovich
And that's the series! This is the third of these I have done, and it was great in the beginning - but the last two movies were so damned hard to get through. I will be posting another poll for you guys to choose the next marathon, so go vote!
I didn't want to just do all the main movie series in a row - that is just too obvious and boring. I hope to change it up a little and throw some things in that are unexpected. There are only four flicks in this one, so it will be pretty short, but I've got some good images to share that you may have never seen. Let's begin!
Fubango Poster, Alternate poster for the film, and Mondo art
A terrible alternate poster, one from Pakistan (I like how they barely even feature the actual critters), and a decent, yet not very inspired alternative poster.
One from France, a DVD cover, and France a second time.
My gawd, what a cast!
And that's the lot of 'em. I don't know if they will ever try to return to this well, but I think that it is pretty much dry. Maybe if The Rock decides he wants to make a fifth installment, I'll check it out. Stay tuned for the next one, and here is one last little something to make you smile.
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