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January 1st DVD Releases

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
December 31st, 2007

DVD releases for January 1, 2008! Bad Zombie make up! Tons of Milla! Transporter 16! Clive Owen one liners!

Resident Evil 3: Extinction.
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Directed by Russell Mulcahy. Written by Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote the other two films, and the directed the first. The undeserving bastard is also engaged to the film’s star Milla Jovovich. Starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Oded Fehr (The male prostitute that has Deuce stay at his house in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo), and of course Ashanti.
Synopsis: Alice (Jovovich) meets up with survivors in the Nevada Desert on her way to Alaska, and teams up with them to fight zombies, killers crows, and other monsters. Basically, this time they fight in the desert.
More of the same in this third installment of the Resident Evil films. Hopefully Resident Evil will take the trilogy route so we won’t have to deal with another run of the mill boring zombie and action film hiding behind the name of a great video game. This film like the other two films is high on the gore and low on tension or genuine scares. However, it does display a few impressive action sequences. I would only suggest for fans of the first two films. I assume they exist since this is the third film in the Resident Evil series, and the films always make money. Everybody else will be bored by this not very scary or engaging zombie action film.

War.

Directed by music video director Philip G. Atwell. The man behind Eminen music videos “My Name Is”, “Stan”, and “Guilty Conscience”. Written by Lee Anthony Smith and Gregory J. Bradley. Starring Jet Li, Jason Statham, and the great Luis Guzman.
Synopsis: An Assasin (Li) Kills an FBI agent, whose partner (Statham) seeks revenge for his fallen friend.
I had somewhat high hopes for this film due to the fact that it stars Jet Li and Jason Statham. Two actors who have many impressive action and violently entertaining films on their resumes. However, this film is surprisingly low on the action and high on the clichés. Way too much time is devoted to the film’s hackneyed story. The action scenes that do exist are less than impressive, especially considering they usually feature Jet Li. There are very few redeemable elements to this film, and it’s not even worth your $3.99.

Shoot ‘Em Up.
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Written and Directed by Michael Davis. Yes, the same Michael Davis who wrote the screen play to Double Dragon. Starring Clive Owen, the goddess Monica Bellucci, and old Saint Nick himself, Paul Giamiti.
Synopsis: Mr. Smith (Owen) witnesses a pregnant women being chased by men with guns, and decides to protect her. However, the mother dies but not before the baby is born into Mr. Smith’s deadly hands. The film centers on Mr. Smith with the help of a prostitute named Donna (Bellucci) protecting the baby from people bent on killing the new born, including Hertz (Giamatti).
FUN. That is the best way to describe to this film. The film is full of blantantly over the top action sequences, where anything can and usually is used as a weapon. You will never look at carrot the same way. Also, Shoot ‘Em Up boasts a large amount of humorous bits and one-liners. Especially, the introduction of Donna, when the audience learns what fetish is her specialty. You will probably laugh harder in this film than you did in most comedies released last year. It is great to see that the very talented actors Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti decided to do a film like this. Showing that they both have a sense humor, and that they don’t take themselves too seriously. The film’s action, humor, and playfully self-aware attitude makes Shoot ‘Em Up a very fun ride.

Also released January 1st, September Dawn, Jimmy and Judy, Billy Jack, Solstice, Foul Shot, Seaquest DSV, Weird Science (S1 and 2).

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