Angus Abranson (angusabranson) wrote,
Angus Abranson

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse + The Butterfly Effect

Saw Resident Evil: Apocalypse on Saturday afternoon with Sarah, daver2323 , Dave Keyes and cryx . Marc Torley and Andrew Peregrine both popped by the meeting point to say their hellos and apologies for not coming in with us (Andy was en route to work whilst Torley was costume shopping). The first thing that struck me about the film (well actually the cinema) was that it was £11.50 PER TICKET!!!! I've not been to Leicester Square for some time but the prices have rocketed. Last time I was there it was about £9 and I thought that was pricey compared to the local multi-plex and even the screens just off the Square itself. Anyway, I doubt I'll be seeing any films at any of the cinemas on the Sqaure again in a hurry.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse was amusing. I'm glad I saw it and it was exactly the sort of film I was expecting it to be. I enjoyed the cast of characters and the special effects were (on the whole) very good. Some of the acting was terrible though (Jared Harris as Dr Ashford and whomever wa playing the head of The Umbrella Corporations Ground Team being the major two lows). Milla Jovovich's Alice kept really reminding me of her Leeloo character in The Fifth Element, which was a shame as it felt she hadn't progressed in the last seven years (which she has in films like Joan of Arc - and Fifth Element was a great movie). Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine was brilliant (and very cute). School Report: B (Fun but nothing exceptional).

After a trip to Forbidden Planet and FOPP Records Sarah and I headed back to Finchley and met up with daver2323, pond823 and Aly back at ours. The evening was very laid back but we did all decide to watch The Butterfly Effect which I can honestly say is one of the best films I've seen in a long while. We all really loved it and I can't reccommend it highly enough. It was very twisted in places (which is always a good thing in my books) and kept us all glued. It's a good variant on the time travelling story and reminded me slightly of films such as Twelve Monkeys. The film also did to Ashton Kutcher in my opinion what Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind did to Jim Carrey. It proves he can act very, very well if given the right script and direction. I've not seen any of Ashton's previous films all the way through (such 'classics' as Dude, Where's My Car) but by all accounts they aren't a lot of kop. In this however he really pulls it off. John Patrick Amedori (who plays Ashtons character as a 13 year old) also pulls off a generally stunning performance. The folm does have a few weak moments in the acting department, and there are probably flaws in the 'time travel' series of events if you want to scrutinise it in detail (there's actually a fairly big one that a couple of us brought up last night) but it is overall a very entertaining, somewhat dark, film. Go and rent this one if you didn't catch it at the cinema. School Report: A-


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