Written by Scott Edwards
There are times when things are not going well and you need to take a break from life. Being able to take a vacation and put all of your worries in the rear view mirror is one of the best ways to do this and if you are able to do so with your family or friends, it is even better. Knowing the troubles that you are going through, a change in scenery with loved ones can make all of the difference in the world to you. Even if you are feeling somber and don’t want the world to see you in this state, if you go to a place where nobody knows you, they will not know what is going on inside of you and that will help keep the positive vibes flowing.
A year after losing her brother, Sarah is finally ready to do something for herself and taking a trip to Tel Aviv with her best friend will just about fill that void. Getting a traveling present from her father, Sarah is now the proud owner of a pair of Smart Glasses allowing her to document every single moment of her trip. Getting onto the plane, the girls find that the young man sitting next to them is quite charming and an archeologist to boot. Young Kevin has been able to see the world and wants to fully experience the next place on his travels, Jerusalem, and is able to get the girls to buy in and go with him. Checking in with her father about the change in plans, Sarah has no idea what will be happening in the city as Yom Kippur rolls in.
Arriving at a beautiful hostel Rachel finds a guy of her own as the owner’s son Omar wants to show them around the town. Getting to see the best views of the city, Sarah, Kevin, Rachel and Omar head out for a night on the town and hit up all of the best clubs. But all is not well for Sarah as she is turned off by Kevin’s reaction to her brother's death and tries to find her way back to the hostel. Getting lost on the way, Kevin is able to find her and deliver her to safety and Sarah has only one way of repaying him. Waking up in the middle of the night, Kevin is worried about something that he has seen on the darkweb that really has him shaken. Sharing the link with Sarah, she sees an angel of death in her glasses and does not know what to think. Wanting to believe that it was all made up, Kevin continues to see signs around the old city and drives himself crazy knowing that something bad is about to happen. But nobody pays him any mind, that is until fighter jets start flying overhead and bomb the streets of the old city. With an alert being sent out to everyone in the city to exit before the gates are shut, the group must find a way to leave before the undead that are walking around the streets make them their next meal.
Quite the awesome little movie I must admit and I was blown away by the acting and some of the effects that were thrown on the screen. The thing I liked most about the story is that since it really does revolve around Sarah and the loss of her brother, the strange things do not happen around the city until she puts what she wants in the Western Wall. Trying to exit the city when the gates have been closed was just a joy to watch as you get to see some of the sights in the night time while the battle for Jerusalem commences with the forces of evil. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of the battle with the undead, as nobody really seemed to know where to find the weaknesses on the walking dead, but I get it since Sarah would need to be present in order to witness that discovery, so I can let that part go. A good movie with the undead, partying, booze and even a mental institution. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
There are times that I love watching the news, mainly to see what is happening in the rest of the world. With so much happening in our country that people would rather forget, sometimes it is more positive to see what other countries are doing and covering that is important. This is why, I love a bit of history shows to go along with my news related viewings, mainly because when I hear about a region of the world that I do not know much about, I like to see where they came from and that usually is where you get the positive reports from. I always encourage people to look outside of their comfort zone for positive things in life, especially now a days when everything that you see on the news is negative, since it is next to impossible to live your life with only negative vibes coming your way.
On their trek to a history filled Los Angeles, Elise and Seth are looking to uncover some of the darker past that the city has to hide, mainly its connection with the Church of Satan. Driving and going along for the ride, David and Chloe are not sure what to expect, and when checking into a seedy hotel that a famous Satanist committed suicide in, Goth lovers Elise and Seth are ready to get this trip started off right. Seeing from the old pictures that they got the room where the woman killed herself, they are more than pleased, yet Chloe is starting to feel a little uncomfortable with the entire hunt, but the show must go on and Seth and Elise have plenty of places to visit before their vacation can be interrupted by normal fun.
Checking out some of the prime spots around the city, including the house where the Manson’s killed so many people, the group finds themselves in a little dive shop that seems to cater to their tastes. Talking to the sales person, Elise is insulted and Seth’s snooping forces the clerk to ask the group to leave or actions not to their liking will be taken. Leaving the store and doing some L.A. sightseeing, the group is able to calm down on the beach for a bit, but Elise and Seth are not done yet and want to know where the poser that threw them out goes to live his life. Agreeing to join in, David wants some real excitement on his trip and is able to get Chloe to go along with the group and find out if the shop keeper is really part of a Satanic cult, or a loser that lives in his mother’s basement as they expect him to be.
Following the shop keeper, the group winds up deep in the hills and find an old house where something seems to be going down. Sneaking around and finding out that there is a ritual going on in the back, the group watches as what appears to be a sacrifice is about to take place. Yelling for help, the group saves a young woman’s life before the cult can take it, and are forced to rush back to the city before any harm comes their way. Losing his phone in the process, Seth is surprised that the young woman who was about to be killed is willing to replace it for no fee. Talking to the girl, the group feels sorry for her and invite her to stay the night with them in the haunted hotel room, but they really do not know what she is capable of. When their party turns into a séance to bring the woman who died in the room back, the group sees that young Alice’s beliefs span much further than their own on the Church and find themselves being haunted by the unseen force that has now targeted them for a simple act of kindness.
This movie actually turned my head a little bit when it came on my screen. With the entire plot revolving around Satan and the followers of the one below, I did not think it would be able to hold my attention as well as it did. Elise and Seth are the hardcore followers of the religious sect and want to find or feel something about the subject, but when something actually happens, they are exposed for what they really are. David and Chloe did not want to be a part of it, but in good fun, they get thrown into the mix with their friends and there is no way of escaping the Dark Prince when you have promised yourself to him. The movie does have a ton of set up, making you hope that the finale gets here quick and when it does, there is not much time to catch your breath. Not a bad movie at all, it brings some scares, an unseen force and a little bit of blood to the screen that is much needed when dealing with the Prince of Darkness. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
When you are feeling down about yourself and your situation, it is hard to believe that other people are having a joyous time in their own lives. But when you find out what it is that will make you happy, most people neglect to share that information, not because they are ashamed, but because they are afraid of what others will think of them. It is hard to know if what you have found will be right for somebody else, but you never know what they are into until you put your cards on the table. You may find that there are people out there that share your same interests and are having a great time pursuing them and never have to second guess their lives again.
While at the video store, Mike Wilson watches as a customer ridicules the poor clerk and knows that there is a better life waiting out there for this young man. Asking Bart what he would do to the a-hole customer if he could do anything, Bart comes back with 'beat him to death with a sledge hammer.' Backtracking on the comment, Bart decides that he would settle for shooting the man instead and Mike is ready to make his dream come true. Pulling out a pistol, he catches the jerk-of-a-customer in the parking lot and before he is able to leave, Mike lets a shot go and shows Bart that there are greater things in life than just working a dead end job.
Mike Wilson has found his calling in life by becoming a serial killer and he knows that there are more people out there that could embrace the call of murder just as he has over the years. With his new apprentice Bart by his side, Mike is ready to show the young man what it is all about, especially since the world needs more population control when it comes to people not being thankful for what they have. Driving the streets with Bart, Mike goes over the rules of how to be a serial killer and shows the young man how easy it really is. Looking for targets, Mike makes sure that Bart understands compassion when it comes to picking out the right one and just because someone is down on their luck does not mean that they deserve to die.
While taking in all of the information that Mike is throwing his way, Bart has questions of his own and is starting to get inside the head of his teacher. While he sees that Mike is in a healthy relationship with Abigail, he wonders what would happen if Mike’s secret was ever discovered by her. Not knowing how she would react, Mike would rather not think about it, but now the seed has been planted in the back of his brain and he cannot get it out of his mind. Even though killing comes easy to Mike, a mistake takes place making him the prime suspect and it causes Mike to deviate from his normal lifestyle. With Bart by his side, the two men feel like they can take on the world together, but find out that not everybody will share their values when all is said and done.
Talk about a change of lifestyles for anyone that is willing to take the leap. I love how Mike sells the job, and loves his work as he weans the population of bad people down in one of the biggest cities in the world. The amazement and enthusiasm for the job that Bart shows is just fun as he is taking it all in and learning all of the rules. This movie also featured a documentary style when it came to telling the story, which actually was enjoyable since you get to see how everyone else views Mike and his practices. With a ten step training program being prompted throughout, you get to know all of the basics before time runs out.
Written by Scott Edwards
Finding out quickly that the Arcadia is not a ship that anyone wants to be on, Alice and her group are forced to fight harder since the Umbrella Corporation has unleashed hell once again. But being outnumbered and outgunned, the survivors have little chance of surviving as the ship goes up in flames and Alice has been retrieved by Umbrella once again and they want to know what her motives are. Being kept in her cell and being questioned by her old friend Jill and punished when not answering, a computer hack takes down the complex for two minutes. Getting some clothes to wear, Alice makes her way out of her cell and finds herself on the streets of Tokyo. Being able to find some weapons and hearing a voice saying ‘simulation active’, she finds herself in a war with the undead, but this time there is a chance for escape as doors continue to open up to take her to safety.
Getting access to the central control hub of the Hive, Alice is greeted by Ada Wong, a top operative of the Umbrella Corporation and she finds out that Ada is working against the company as well. But her true savior is Albert Wesker who was able to hack the systems and free Alice from the Red Queen. Finding out that Umbrella is trying something new now that the Red Queen has become focused on killing all of humanity, they need Alice back and fighting with them to save the last of mankind. With an extraction team on their way to free the two women, it is only a matter of time before they are able to see the light of day again, but they have to continue to move throughout the maze of simulations.
Fighting their way through New York, Ada and Alice eventually find themselves in a suburban setting and when Alice notices movement in one of the houses, she is forced to investigate. Killing a zombie and finding a little girl who seems to be her daughter, Alice finds out that the cloning tech that Umbrella has used against her is now being used to make limitless clones for the company's simulations. Wanting to save Becky from the Red Queen, Alice decides that her daughter will get a better life in the outside world. But before she is able to leave the house, her former strike team from the first Hive shows up and now she is forced to kill her dead friends.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the simulation floor, the extraction team has run into a problem of their own since the Red Queen is sending everything that she has at them. Being assisted by Alice during their escape, their plan will finally be put into motion and getting back to the surface is their number one priority. But Alice is more human than weapon now and even though they have been directed to get her out at any cost, she is merely a woman who has not lost her feelings about other survivors. Getting hacked by the Red Queen and being forced to make the hard decisions, the group is able to make their way back to the surface, but the fight does not end when you leave the Hive, the arena just gets bigger.
I see what the filmmakers were trying to do with the storyline in the fifth installment of Resident Evil and while it was a decent attempt, it did not do it for me. But the action in this movie trumps every other entry in the franchise and with countless zombie kills, I am still blown away by one thing, a chainsaw kill that made me cheer. Trying to invoke more emotion out of Alice by having her kill her former friends is a little too much of a stretch for me and while the idea that she had an alternate family with Carlos was cute and all, it was not enough to change who she really was. It seems like having a child would change how she acts, but overall, it was just the same Alice that has been fighting for the survivors all along. I also liked seeing Luther West make a cameo in this movie since he was fun and full of jokes in the last movie he appeared in, so that added some levity and Luther is as kick ass as ever.
It will be interesting to see where the story goes in The Final Chapter. To be honest, when I started writing these, I had no idea that there was another movie coming out so soon, but here it is. Just looking at what notes are on IMDB, I can see that Raccoon City is back in the mix once again, but I am unsure about how Umbrella will be involved as the baddies this time around, since it is the Red Queen who is looking to end the world and not the other way around. But you know what, it only takes one magical line in the script for the storyline make sense so I am hoping that it is delivered with some feeling. All I am really hoping for with this new movie is that it gives us some of the greatest zombie kills we have ever seen in the series and something that ties the series back to where it began and why Alice is the only one who can contain the virus and either destroy or save the world. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
Closure is something that every single human being out there...craves. We have to know in essence how the story ends and when we are robbed of closure, when we cannot understand the how or the why a particular relationship in our life ended, it tends to haunt us for quite some time, but we move on with our lives and do our best to cope, simply because we know the odds are not in our favor when it comes to getting the answers we so desperately crave.
But once in a great while, the universe goes at great lengths to surprise us and the opportunity to receive said closure falls right into our lap. Sometimes we skip it simply because it was a minor enough issue that we are in fact, over it. But when the issue is large, when the memory of it finds us randomly from time to time in the middle of the day, we take the opportunity and run with it, regardless of the old wounds it may open, or the dangers that may come with it and it is our desire for closure that is at the forefront of the horror film...Blair Witch.
This is a film that introduces us to James Donahue, and if that last name sounds familiar, it should. Because James is the little brother of Heather Donahue, the woman who went missing in The Blair Witch Project, and while James has grown up just fine without his sister in his life, he's always wondered exactly what happened to his older sibling in the woods surrounding Burkittsville, Maryland and the recent release of a chilling video that appears to feature his sister has reignited hope that maybe his sister is out there, or he can at least figure out what happened to her; prompting James and a group of his friends to return to the woods where Heather disappeared years ago, a decision they will regret for the rest of their lives...
I have to admit that I was extremely hesitant to see this sequel to The Blair Witch Project simply because one cannot forget Book of Shadows, which more or less proved that a quality and original sequel to such a unique story would be extremely difficult to put together. But alas, my love of the original film and my curiosity got the better of me and I finally had the opportunity to see this particular entry in the franchise and well...it turned out to be nothing more than a so-so sequel.
Yes, that's right, this one is mediocre at best, simply because of the fact that the film suffers from a split personality. The opening part of the film is downright disappointing because it's pure rehash territory, taking us through all the familiar moments we experienced in the original and well...by giving us the same old thing, it makes the film hard to watch and that's a shame because once the back half of the film hits and the Blair Witch arrives...it becomes a brilliant horror film, one filled to the brim with tense and disturbing moments where horrible things roam the darkness and you're left on the edge of your seat to see what happens next.
But that first half, truly overshadows everything that follows it and detracts from the second half because of the fact you're disengaged when the horror arrives and forced to push yourself back into the story and that's unfortunate because it's clear now that this could have been an incredible entry in the Blair Witch saga, one that rivaled the original...had the studio allowed the filmmakers to take a chance and tell an unbridled chilling tale. Either way, this one is worth a look, especially if you're a fan of the series, but if you find yourself glancing at your phone or your watch early on, there's no shame in skipping to the good stuff, you'll be glad you did.
Written by Scott Edwards
As the Umbrella Corporation seems to becoming more powerful, is it any wonder why Alice must keep fighting them? With the fourth installment of the Resident Evil series, you get to see how strong Alice has become and what kind of threat she can be towards Umbrella once and for all. With the world still falling into decline, and nobody willing to help, it is easy to put all of the blame on the Umbrella Corporation for releasing hell upon the planet, but they might be the only ones to blame, since they are not the ones that are carrying the virus around in their blood.
In a matter of months, Alice has been able to train her very own clone army to dismantle the Umbrella Corporation piece by piece. Being able to infiltrate the Japanese office, Alice has her sights set on the company's commander, Albert Wesker. With each clone falling in its own way, Wesker is able to escape the Hive, but the real Alice is along for the ride. Injecting her with an anti-virus, the T-Virus will no longer have the same effects on her and the power she possesses is quickly taken away. Becoming human once again, Alice will have to be careful while she starts to hunt for her friends who went up to Alaska to find peace away from the zombies that have taken over the world.
Arriving at where she thinks Arcadia is, Alice finds nothing but empty aircraft and starts to question what has happened to her friends. Seeing someone out of the corner of her eye, Alice gives chase to find out what happened in the abandoned location, but before a question can be asked a familiar face takes a couple swings at her. Knocking out her old friend Claire and finding some sort of mind control device on her chest, Alice has more questions than answers. Without being able to get any answers from Claire about what happened to the other survivors, Alice packs up her friend and starts flying down the coast looking any other survivors. Spying a rooftop that shows promise, Alice sees a couple life filled bodies that she may be able to help against the apocalypse.
Landing on the top of a prison, the group there is shocked that she is not from the Arcadia, but are happy to welcome a couple of new faces into their home. Angel, Luther, Bennett, Kim and Crystal are more than willing to show Alice and Claire around, but need to find a way to leave the prison before their time runs out there. Showing Alice that Arcadia is a ship anchored off of the coast, a plan starts to be hatched about how to get there, but with the hordes of zombies waiting for them outside of the gates, their ideas will not amount to much. As a new breed of zombies start to enter the prison, the group is forced to listen to the one man that says he has a surefire way out, but he has been locked up in a detention cell for a reason.
Getting out of his cell, Chris sees his sister for the first time in years, but Claire does not remember who he is. Sharing his plan with the others, Chris knows the ins and outs around the prison and is ready to get things moving, but a larger mutation is at the door and the group will have to hustle before it breaks down the walls and allows the other zombies to enter. Getting enough firepower from the prison arsenal, Alice and Chris are ready to take their fight to the surface, but what they find when they get there is more zombies than they can possibly gun down. Being able to escape their soon to be tomb, the group is able to get on a boat and make their way to the Arcadia, but what they find there might be more disturbing than the walking death they left behind at the prison.
I must admit I had my reservations about this movie, because why not end the series at three? But one thing that the Resident Evil series does a good job with is bringing new monsters to the table. With a new breed of tunneling zombies and a massive butcher, the threats of this zombie universe continue to get worse and humanity's outlook is looking pretty bleak. I love how the Umbrella Corporation is still up and running, and that they will stop at nothing to put an end to Alice and her reign. I also liked how Alice had to learn to be human again and it was different to see her be a bit more careful when she chose her shots. The prison group was great and if you did not like Luther, you must have been out of your mind. The additional zombies only add another wrinkle into Alice’s plan of saving survivors and now at the helm of the Arcadia, it might be more difficult for the Umbrella Corporation to stop her, but I guess we will have to see what Retribution brings to the table. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Since I am taking on a ride with the Resident Evil franchise, it is time for the third installment of the series and where I thought the saga was going to end. But as long as there are zombies to kill and survivors that have yet to be infected, I think that this series will continue until the end of time. There are new ways in which Alice can be used in the series and with the addition of telekinetic powers now, she is truly one of a kind and it is now time that she takes to the streets to help everyone in need, including herself and despite the fact that the Umbrella Corporation has designed one of the greatest killing machines, especially when it comes to zombies, it does not appear that they are able to control her at all.
Alice has taken to the road and is trying to stay off of the grid. It has been five years since the T-Virus has broken free of the Raccoon City barriers and now it has taken over the world. The earth has changed drastically since the outbreak and now most of it has become a barren wasteland where only the strongest can survive. Looking for survivors, Alice keeps her radio on and tries to help them the best she can, but not everyone wants to be saved as she quickly finds out.
Carlos and L.J. have taken up with Claire who has become a savior to many people with her caravan. The only way to survive currently is to remain on the road, but there is a problem with that when it comes to getting enough fuel to make it work. Holding up at an abandoned hotel, Claire knows that time is limited, and unfortunately she finds out that it is not only the walking dead that want people's flesh, all of the animals are now searching for a fresh meal as well. Being attacked from above by a batch of infected crows, more members of her caravan are taken out and even when Alice is able to help, Claire must remain in command for her people. Even though Alice can show the group great rewards, she is not what they need as they are running low on supplies and must find a way to survive without the outsider.
Doctor Isaacs is trying to find a cure for the outbreak but continues to run into speed bumps along the way. With an endless supply of Alice clones, each one develops and learns from the memories of its predecessors, but they are not learning fast enough and harvesting the fallen clones' blood for a new anti-virus is not working. With a promise to other Umbrella Corp members to find a way to make the infected more docile, Isaacs knows that the only way to make it work is by getting the original Alice’s blood in his lab. Hearing that there are psychic spikes being reported in the vast desert, Alice must be back on the grid and Isaacs needs to bring her in sooner rather than later. Being shut down by his superiors, the doctor is able to write his own ticket to do what he knows must be done, even if it means dying in the process.
Seeing the problems that Claire's group is experiencing, Alice is happy to stay and help and she tells Claire about the journal that she has located. With the promise of a safe haven away from the zombie madness, Alice believes that there is a refuge in Alaska that could make all of the nightmares go away. As Claire’s caravan votes yes for the trip, they must find supplies to make the long trek up the coast line. With all of the small towns already being exhausted of supplies, they will be forced to stop in Las Vegas. Seeing that the desert has taken the city of sin back, the group searches for supplies, only to find that there is someone searching for them as well. As Dr. Isaacs is hidden above the streets, he unleashes a special brand of zombies on to the group that are much more powerful than the average walking corpse. Killing off most of Claire’s caravan group, he turns his attention to the grand prize of Alice. Trying to shut her down via satellite, he sees that the woman has become more powerful than he has ever imagined and when Alice finds out the doctor's plans for her, she is forced to take matters into her own hands and tries to kill him before he is able to produce anything worse.
The third movie in the series turned out to be quite the bloodbath. With nobody safe, you lose a couple of your favorite characters and that might be why I thought it could be the end of the series, but I guess I was wrong. I really like the addition of telekinesis with Alice as her foes start to get stronger and larger in numbers. Even though she has been tucked away from the Umbrella Corporation, she has not given up on humanity just yet and continues to have the means to kill so many zombies. Claire is nice addition to the story as she is trying to do the right thing, but is running out of ways to make good things happen. Wanting to give her people something positive, she is hesitant to bring up the Alaska idea, but when she sees their reaction, she knows that it was the right thing to do. Seeing Carlos and L.J. back for another ride was fun, you don’t usually get too many characters returning in zombie movies, so you know that they could handle themselves without Alice holding their hands. With so much action and one of the most visually impressive movies to date in the series (the crows scene), it is good to see Alice come back and hopefully she can put an end to the madness that the Umbrella Corporation has unleashed upon the world in Afterlife. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
One of the things that I hate about sequels is that they never really stand up to the original. There have been some that are better than the original, but those are few and far between. But one thing that Resident Evil: Apocalypse did that made me very happy was it actually picked up right where the first one left off and that you never see. It is not only for that reason why I enjoyed watching this movie, but it was a big part of it, since I love watching society break down during an epidemic, at least in the movies.
Jill Valentine has been called into work on her day off and knowing what is happening on the streets, she has a plan of her own, to leave town. Getting to the police station and killing the zombies that are trying to bite the officers, she offers her two cents and then leaves for the evacuation center. But seeing everyone in the crowd, and the madness that is surrounding her, she is forced back on duty to help her friends. But it doesn't take long for the infection to reach the barrier now surrounding Raccoon City and Major Cain is told to shut down the evacuation and makes it known that he will shoot anyone that does not comply with his orders.
With the Umbrella Corporation running the show, all of the essential personnel that live above ground in Raccoon City are evacuated, but one man is giving the teams problems. Doctor Ashford will not leave the city without his daughter and even though he is a priority, the men cannot make him get on the helicopters. As everything is getting more and more out of hand in the streets of Raccoon City, Major Cain takes the alternative route and activates two of the test programs that were being prepared for this situation, Project Alice and Project Nemesis. As the two programs are completely different, Cain wants to see how they are able to react and destroy the zombie threat before the city is completely overrun by the T-Virus that Umbrella has unleashed on the city.
After waking up in the hospital, Alice is quick to exit and find any sort of weapon she can get her hands on to abolish the threat that she has faced first hand. Finding a small group of survivors hiding out in a church, Alice is able to get them to follow her to find a way to safety. As Jill, Peyton and Terri listen to what happened to Alice, they are suddenly afraid that she might cause more harm than good, but seeing how she fights and that she knows how to kill the monsters that are on the streets, it would be a wise decision to stay with her for the time being. While trying to find a place to lay low, the group gets a call from Dr. Ashford, offering them safe removal from the city before time runs out and it is sanitized by the Umbrella Corporation, if they find his little girl. Needing to find his daughter, Alice and her followers make their way to the Raccoon City Junior School to investigate and hopefully get a free pass out of the city.
Seeing a woman in trouble, Carlos Olivera forces his team to land in the city and pick up the fight where everyone else has left off. Even though they cannot save everyone, they are on the streets to dispose of as much of the zombie threat that they can before extraction. With their coms down, they are not able to call in for an extraction point, much less ask for more help. Seeing a helicopter making its way into the city, the men try to flag it down, but are not seen by the pilot. With a payload being dropped, the men go to investigate, but find out what ever was in the boxes was not for them. Carlos comes to terms with being expendable and is ready to hang it up, but when he gets a call from Dr. Ashford as well to find his daughter, there may be an end to this madness after all.
Joining forces, the remaining survivors from both groups work together to find Angie Ashford, but when they do, Alice makes a great discovery, the girl is infected. But she is not the only one as the group finds out that Alice has been infected as well and the T-Virus is keeping both of the women alive. With the promise of getting out of the city alive, Dr. Ashford is able to give them directions to find the last helicopter leaving the city, but the group will have to fight with all they are worth to get on it, not because of the soldiers protecting it, but because the copter is meant for Nemesis. Seeing the large beast face to face, Alice and Nemesis are forced to fight to the death or everyone else in her group will be killed. But Alice has a different idea, especially after she finds out Matt is the mind inside of the overgrown killing machine that is ready to destroy her. The Red Queen did say that a tiny bit of humanity could possibly still reside in the infected and Alice has to find a way to unlock it to ensure that her new friends survive.
Not a bad follow up to the original Resident Evil and while it is not as good as the first, only a few changes would have had people enjoying it that much more. I was disappointed that the T-Virus had mutated back to its original stage of being airborne and nobody called it out. The entire city is infected from just breathing, but that was never hit on, I know this would have ended the movie quickly if they did since nobody would be able to leave the city, but come on, there could have been more anti-virus somewhere. I could not stand Major Cain and I think that was the point of his character, so I think it was played extremely well. Being the worst of the worst, he showed what kind of people Umbrella needs to ensure that things get done, but he also had some personal love for the job and that was a bit disturbing. The addition of another hero, Jill Valentine was unexpected and I liked it. Having two women that are stronger than an entire army, there is nothing wrong with that, especially in a zombie movie. I really like how Alice has become a program for Umbrella and that she has bonded with the T-Virus, it means she cannot be infected and it also means that she will have some uncontrollable power in the next movie. I hope that Extinction has some more action and that it is following the rules that Apocalypse did, it would make for a dimmer outlook for survival. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
How difficult it must be for people that work in a place where they do not agree with the ethics of their employer. I have dealt with this situation with some past managers during my long working tenure and most of the time, those managers were released from their position. I will never say that I am a perfectly ethical employee, but when something is not being done to better the business, it has no place in the office and I have made it known that I will not be a part of it. But there are so many people that keep their mouths shut when it comes to confronting their leadership about what is right and wrong and instead of taking a stance, they wind up leaving without saying a word. Keeping that inside of you over time is not healthy and when someone starts to do something wrong at your new job, you end up releasing your fury from the last one that left you scorned.
Waking up in the shower while it is still running, Alice is lost and confused. Being able to find clothes to dress up in, she starts to take a tour of the large house surrounding her, but there is one problem, she has no idea who or where she is. When making it to the front door, she is grabbed by Matt who says he is a police officer, but before she is able to confirm his story, the house is breached by a group of elite soldiers. Trying to get a report out of Alice, Group Leader One sees that she will not be any help to him and the group must make their way down to the Hive to find out what set off their alarms.
With reports that the main computer, the Red Queen, killed everyone in the Hive, the group is forced to find out why. Being able to gain access to the Hive which is buried under Raccoon City, the group is joined by one more person who was hidden on the train. Spence is suffering the same affliction as Alice and has no idea what is happening around him. While Alice starts to get brief flashbacks about her life, she is forced to continue moving with the soldiers until they reach the main power supply of the Hive. Not finding anyone alive in the facility is frightening to the group and without any answers as to why the Red Queen turned homicidal on all of the people in the facility, they must keep their guard up.
Arriving at the core of the Hive, the group of soldiers are cut in half by the computer's defenses, but the system is eventually rebooted. But unlocking all of The Hive’s secrets will give the remaining force much more to think about as the doors open to reveal what happened to the people working here, because the Red Queen did indeed kill everyone in the facility and took it one step further by making use of the classified experiments that went on in the Hive, bringing the dead back to life in the process and unfortunately, the group finds out first hand that the experiments have worked all too well. Having to fight off a horde of zombies, there is still something more sinister hiding in the shadows and the Umbrella Corporation has not been very forth coming about what they are really up to in their underground facilities.
While finding out what she is capable of when fighting the undead threat, Alice starts to gain more memories about who she was before being knocked out in her home. Finding out what the Hive was really doing, she was going to take a stand against Umbrella, but now has to fight for her life and the lives of the other survivors instead. In a race against time, the remaining few are forced to take steps and come to terms that their survival is completely dependent on the computer program that they came to kill and they will have to play by its rules until they are able to find a way back to the surface.
I have never gotten into the Resident Evil games, so I am not sure how the movie really translated, but I liked how the storyline came together. Watching as Alice started to finally understand who she was and what her task is was great. I did however develop a soft spot for Matt as he was one of the ‘rebels’ against the Umbrella Corporation that wanted to take it down and had lost a sister in the process. With a ton of action, there is something for everyone, and even a couple of laughs before the credits roll. I would hate to see what would happen if there really was a T-Virus and how it could infect the world if it broke free from a laboratory, it is kind of scary if you think about it. A strong start to the series and I hope that the rest of the movies keep my attention as much as this one did. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Sometimes celebrations are meant to be shared with many, and sometimes you would rather celebrate alone. There is nothing wrong with either of these choices, it all depends on how you are feeling and if you want to share yourself with others. There are times when you are emotionally drained after a long day and wanting to be alone with a bottle of wine seems like the right idea and that is one that I am all for. Even though your friends want to help you celebrate your next steps in life, you can politely decline to have time to reflect on yourself and your next steps as well.
Elizabeth has received some of the best news of her life, she has been accepted to the London Philharmonic for the next season. Being a cellist, she never expected this to happen to her, especially with her conductor constantly telling her how much she sucks, but it has happened and she wants to try and celebrate. But all is not good in her life since she and boyfriend Justin are in a fight over what will happen next in their relationship. Needing a lone weekend out of the public eye to find out what she really wants, Elizabeth decides to hunker down in her place for the weekend to decide on her next steps.
Getting a surprise visit from her friend Marty, Elizabeth is left with a cat to take care of over the weekend as well. But she won't allow that to throw off her good vibes so she goes with it since it will be a good time regardless and she will still in essence, be alone. But all is not good around Elizabeth’s place as there is someone else hiding in the shadows that she does not know about. Sneaking in while she is taking out the garbage, the stranger in the house seems to have sinister intentions for the musician and there is nothing she can do about it. Getting odd feelings that there is someone around, a couple of quick looks over the shoulder satisfy her that there is nobody there, but little does she know that this stranger is keeping a very close eye on her.
Doing her weekend chores, Elizabeth meets a nice guy named John at the laundromat and the two have a nice little conversation. Wanting to know more about her relationship with Justin, Elizabeth is not willing to get too into what they are fighting about, but is pleased to meet another friendly face around the area. Returning home to find Justin doing his own thing, Elizabeth needs to find out what, if anything he will do to try and keep the relationship afloat. But the conversation does not fall on deaf ears as the stranger has been keeping an eye on them both. Not allowing Justin to leave the friendly confines of the house, the stranger kills him and sticks the body underneath the bed. Thinking that everything is fine, Elizabeth continues to enjoy her quite time at home to wonder what her future has in store for her, but none of the scenarios in her mind involve a stranger that is preparing to kill her.
I really liked the premise of this movie, but when it came to delivering the fear, this film came up short. With the stranger moving around the apartment unnoticed throughout, it was apparent that one of the things that he wanted to do was get caught, but Elizabeth never took notice in any of the things he was doing. Kind of strange how that part of the story went, and while I did not feel menaced by it, I am sure it will plant the seed of something terrible that can happen to people when they're alone for some viewers. Besides that, there were some great shots throughout and a cat that everyone loved, that could not seem to make up its mind if it liked someone or not. Stay Scared.