Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bolt and Resident Evil

Bolt - I saw this movie and really enjoyed it. I don't know about the 3-D effect though. Felt kind of cheesy wearing those little glasses over my eyes, but is it just me or is every movie coming out in the next year or two coming out in 3-D?

Moving on from those strange facts, it was a well made animated feature. As good as "Wall-E?" Heck no. That is Pixar and will also rule that niche. But "Bolt" looked beautiful and told many stories of compassion, friendship and trust.

It is about a dog (voiced by John Travolta) who plays a superdog on a tv show, but thinks it is real. So when he accidentally escapes into the real world, he finds himself without his powers and in need of returning to his person, Penny (Miley Cyrus). Along the way he teams up with Mittens the cat and Rhino the hamster. Mayhem ensues.

A great film for kids and animal lovers, it has been on my list of movies I want to see for awhile because it just looked so darn cool. Turns out the film is kind of split into three acts. Act one is the introduction of Bolt's world, act two is his return home, and act three is fill with the major morals and return home. Kind of like "Homeward Bound," but not as good.

Still, it is enjoyable, but "WALL-E" kicks its butt in the contenders for Best Animated Feature.

Resident Evil: Degeneration - I love the "Resident Evil" games and can't wait for the next one to come out. So the movies have gone from okay to disappointing for me. To sum up the three live action films: pretty good, okay, bad. Each one kind of has a cliffhanger ending, so a fourth one can be made. I just hate how they screwed up the story by focusing on this character that doesn't exist in the games.

Anyway, let's focus on "Degeneration" here, which actually takes off from the games. It takes place in 2005, several years after the Raccoon City disaster and stars Leon S. Kennedy (a year after "Resident Evil 4") and Claire Redfield (returning from "Resident Evil 2" and "Code Veronica"). A zombie outbreak is on the loose again,, involving government corporations, the T-virus and the G-virus. So things get hectic.

To say this will please the fans is an understatement. The CGI is very lifelike and the voice acting is actually pretty decent and not cheesy. Many scares and gore among the zombie head shooting. Plus...there is a major Tyrant-like fight at the end. For those wanting RE5, there is definitely a lead-in with the major group that will be in the next game.

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