C'MON HOLLYWOOD: Possible Resident Evil sequel options!
...possible Resident Evil sequel options!
by J.A. Hamilton
My biggest problem with this series is Alice. I love you Milla donít get me wrong but I donít understand why you guys decided to create a new female character and forsake the ones already there in front of you. Add to that, too much time is spent over the course of these films developing Alice and her arsenal of (sometimes cool, sometimes ridiculous) abilities when you should have been diving head long into the Umbrella Corporation, the T-Virus and the many other strains and developments that made the games so intriguing. You guys made Alice damn near invincible and thatís not what RE is about. The theme has always been survival horror (death on a stick around every turn) but at no point in this series have I ever felt worried about Alice. Hell, even in this latest film with her powers gone (a smart move by the way) sheís still kicking ass and taking names without so much as breaking a sweat.
This guy was totally badass.
Visually these films continue to impress me, you are without a doubt a wizard behind the camera Mr. Anderson (loved the 3-D effects, especially all the ones involving water and the rain drops cascading off the actor names in the opening credits was a nice touch). Youíve also managed to keep enough gore and violence locked in to appease the mob, which is also nice. Iíll be honest, you had me back in RE 1 at the end when James Purefoy is turned and edging his way toward Alice after she goes for the briefcase, that scene was pure gold. These films get slicker and slicker as they go and thereís always a wink here and there to the games like the mansion and statues from the first film and the crows popping up from time to time (by far one of the coolest things about the third film) but whereís the depth and mystery? Whereís that extra push to make these films stand above the rest in this oversaturated sub-genre?
Alice is insanely hot but too overpowered.
Word around the campfire is this film was based loosely on RE 5 and therein sits one of the other problems I have with these flicks. Each film tries to steal a bit of lore or add a familiar name to the mix but with Alice as the lead it ends up being a moot point. Jill Valentine, Claire and Chris Redfield, even my main man Wesker are all here in the latest installment but whatís the use as theyíre underdeveloped fillers most of the time. Claire was useless in the third film and remains useless here. I loved seeing Wentworth Miller come aboard as Chris Redfield but other than a wink in PRISON BREAKís direction and a couple one liners he too becomes a fleeting memory. Albert Wesker is a big deal when it comes to the games, he was at ground zero and is a wavering presence over your shoulder at all times. The battles with him were (a little short) cool and all but to non-fans of the game he might come off as more of a Neo clone than anything else which is a shame because heís a superb villain.
I'd have rathered Miller come on as Leon and get a meatier role.
The Resident Evil films are a guilty pleasure for me and Iíll love them no matter what path you ultimately chose. Iíd love to see Leon join the fray and personally would have rather seen Jill keep her identity concealed at the end of the latest film only to have it revealed at the beginning of the next one, say, in an epic fight with Alice. Alice should die in this opening battle (no offense Milla, seriously, but youíre a great actress and you donít need this series anymore) paving the way for Leon to come on board. You should jump into the Uroboros or Progenitor virus and then tackle RE 4ís setting (I canít see you guys using RE 5ís setting) for a dive into new territory. The Axeman looked amazing as did the mutated dogs and tentacle zombies, you have a knack for creating wondrous creatures and environments so just imagine what you could do with a castle backdrop (you must have some ideas on the subject since you were attached to do Castlevania at one point). Iím all for another installment and have nothing but faith, that said I hope you consider my humble opinions in hopes of tweaking the next one and going out with a bang.
This is definitely the direction the next film should take.
|Extra Tidbit:||I sat through all the credits after RE: AFTERLIFE convinced thereíd be some sign of Wesker (I know he lived) but alas, he was nowhere to be found. Sigh.|