Sept. 8, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST
It's not that fifteen million people were suckered into paying to see RE. It's that almost six billion people intentionally chose not to.
Sept. 8, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST
Sept. 8, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST
This is the most unnecessary exposition on a garbage-time film since Dick Cavett spent a week with the cast of Saturn 3.
Sept. 8, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST
A 3D film shot using the proper hardware after Avatar. And live action. Count me in.
Sept. 8, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST
..at best they're entertaining. Not a bad record in my book.<P> And- waking up next to Milla Jovovich every morning wouldn't be too bad either.
Sept. 8, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST
...OR EVEN ASSOCIATE THEM WITH THE RESIDENT EVIL GAME FRANCHISE, AND IT'S ACTUALLY QUITE STUPID FUN.
Sept. 8, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST
Maybe he should team up with Uwe Boll and make and Aliens Vs Aushwitz movie!! Oh Oh I know! A zpmbie Auschwitz movie! That would make tens of dollars! And would really get the crowds hooting and hollering at the screen!
Sept. 8, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST
love this place but man the forum system is older than I am (and I ain't no 20 somethin!)
Sept. 8, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST
His only movie I have time for. He wasted the potential of both Alien Vs Predator and Resident Evil!
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST
He makes entertaining movies, e.g. Event Horizon, R.E., Death Race. (ok I hated AvP). There has to be some reason so many geeks here hate him cause it's not his films. My guess is it's the herd mentality.
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST
...they just love to hate Anderson...and I'd love to see what kind of movie you idiots would come up with. Look, Anderson makes well done, fun movies, not Oscar material. He has loads more talent than fucking Eli Roth, and hell...I'd take his films over the full-of-himself shit from PT Anderson any day...the fuck rips off a different director for each of his pretense-fests and has yet to do anything original. Only indulgent. There. Oh and Rodriguez sucks too.
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST
Fuck the haters. Everything he's made is entertaining (I would put "Soldier" as the weakest), although I would argue that when he doesn't direct the films he writes, they're weaker for it.
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST
And for the record (Harry), I'm a BIG fan of his movie 'Soldier'. So there.
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST
I think about the wasted chance to make GREAT resident evil films. I do not understand why anyone would buy a hit videogame franchise and re-write it. The characters and mythology already exist, Paul ws anderson picks little peices which would make a cool set peice and shoe-horns it into one his plots. Yes these films may be fun but they could have been so much more. THAT is why I dislike his videogame adaptations. His non videogame films are entertaining to me.
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST
Citing ticket sales as a solid number of people who liked the movie. Like the same 15 million people arent the ones saying it was shit and a waste of money.
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST
I think he nailed the first Resident Evil movie. It captured exactly the right tone and did an excellent job. He didn't have a ton of budget to work with, so clearly he couldn't do a shit-ton of monster variety in that one. So he took a common setting to most of the games - the underground lab, which always seems to exist in Resident Evil titles - and brought in some new characters - the better for suspense, my dear - and told an excellent story with great direction backing it up. The second one, he caved to fanboy pressure and brought in some of the game characters, and the movie feels weaker overall. The third one... listen, I don't know why the fuck we would go SO FAR off the rails of the game mythology as to DESTROY THE WORLD, which has never, EVER happened in the games. This ain't DEAD RISING. So I wasn't happy with that decision at all.
Sept. 8, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST
Yah. That sort of rang false to me too. Selling 15 million tickets does not mean equal fans. It just means you've duped 15 million people into seeing a movie. Some of them like it. Some won't.
Sept. 8, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST
by andrew coleman
He ruined two... Two easy franchises to make. I'm with some here he's made some fun movies(Event Horizon, Soldier) but he ruined both those franchises so he needs to just go away. RE4 looks horrible real 3D or not.
Sept. 8, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
I have to admit Soldier is somewhat of a guilty pleasure of mine but PWSA is a poor writer director. I'm not an unbridled hater, I'll be first to applaud if he ever makes something decent but there is a good reason why he is so universally loathed.
Sept. 8, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST
Sorry dude but your films SUCK. I know you yearn to be accepted by the geek community, but its never going to happen.
Sept. 8, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST
Come on! This is why he has to keep coming back to this because no one else wants him to direct anything else and also it is because he is married to the star! Which I still can't believe she picked him of all people! He ruined the Aliens vs Predator franchise! And that franchise was served to him on a silver plater! He is just a C movie director even if he is a nice guy! And we all know it! Even himself!
Sept. 8, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST
In other words, I thought it was great. Fuck the haters.
Sept. 8, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST
by The Dark Shite
I'd say at his very worst, he's a Robert Rodriguez level director. They both make low brow genre movies. Usually bad ones. Yet RR has managed to swindle himself an image as a "cool auteur", while Anderson's considered a hack. <p> I don't even watch his movies, but from what I've seen he's at least a technically superior director to Rodriguez. <p> Look at AVP. Terrible, terrible movie. But technically well made. If it was a standard action/monster movie, it would be fine. As an AVP movie, it's dreadful. BUT it's STILL better than Predators. <p> I know Robert Rodriguez didn't direct Predators, but it's his baby. How he gets away with churning out such amateur shite time after time, while Anderson is called a hack, is beyond me. At least Anderson knows his craft, even if his films aren't very good.
Sept. 8, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST
Deep down Cameron knows he's a very simlar film maker to PWSA. Both are technically proficient with a love of gun porn and ass kicking female characters, and both are derivative, hackneyed story tellers. Cameron is the more polished turd, but essentially he and PWSA are kindred spirits. Cameron has far far more in common with PWSA than a true great film maker like Chris Nolan. If Cameron made an Alien movie today it would be very, VERY similar to Anderson's AVP. Hence his praise for it.
Sept. 8, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST
guys don't have "lovely conversations." ick.
Sept. 8, 2010, 10 a.m. CST
he copies, not just pays homage, but poorly copies from other material. his movies are crap. and he wastes alot of potential franchises. he is the safe choice for most studios. appealing to a more mainstream audience who doesn't know about or care about the original source material he is ripping from. it's mindless stupid action for the sake of mindless stupid action. nothing smart or clever about it. fuck anderson.
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST
From first to the last one. Nothing to do with the games, except some characters they managed to screw up. That aside, i like Event Horizon.
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST
For the past few months, tens of people have been piping up in defense of him in the TBs. I love the RE series for it's B-movie goofiness. I am a big fan of EVENT HORIZON. Most of his other films are watchable if not particularly memorable, inoffensive at worst. The only exception is AVP, which did offend, because it took one franchise that had never failed to produce an interesting, heady, artful film (even if RESURRECTION and 3 sort of fail, they fail interestingly), and turned it into something inconsequential and jokey.<p>I would say the reason he keeps coming back to RE is, of course, in part because it's as much Milla's franchise as it is his and who wouldn't continue pumping out fun films for your wife to be awesome in? And also they make lots of money. No, profitability isn't a sign of quality, but the fact that each RE film has been more profitable than the last is a pretty solid indication that a lot of people enjoy the franchise.<p>As I've said before, I think he has it in him to be a lesser Carpenter, but so far hasn't shown the wit or genius. But I think he will, sometime. And if he doesn't, so be it. He's still a helluva lot better than Stephen Sommers or poor ol' Ratner.
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST
That's because we're busy watching the movie. <br> <br> Still, it's nice to see Anderson admit that his goal is to make movies for people who act like chimps at a tea party.
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST
PWSA through most this interview was spouting off about the technology. "We shot this for real 3d, conversions are bad, rotoscoping, yadda yadda, lighting" etc...McG did the same thing with Salvation, talking about the stupid effects time and time again. Cameron and Avatar, yet again, talking about how awesome the 3D is and how much work was put into the effects... <p> And that's what we get when we watch movies from directors who only focus on the effects. If that's your bag then enjoy the next PWSA movie. All the more power to you. Personally, I'd like some good dialogue and a story with my hash browns and explosions.
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST
The first resident evil game/film could have been done on a cheap budget. Its a zombie film in a mansion throw in an underground lab a few hunters and the Tyrant and thats resident evil one sorted. If you didn't want to kill of the main stars - Chris and Jill fair enough but you have the whole of STARS bravo team that died to kill off. Show weksers betrayal maybe kill barry off. I dont see why they needed alice (not in game) and the super computer (not in game). He could of made the first film without buying the rights to resident evil and capcom would have no grounds to sue as it has NOTHING to do with the resident evil games. I know some people say they dont want a copy of the game script and i agree but there is more going on behind the scenes when you control chris that you never see, put that in. And to please the fans stick a few "in game" moments there.
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST
..that being said, he's a bonafide hack who not only enforced pg-13 ratings on both mortal kombat and AVP, but made the RE franchise more of a comicbook fantasy as opposed to the survival horror genre.it's time for a reboot and give another director/writer a shot at the title.
Sept. 8, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST
Event Horizon was pretty good. It did scare me at the time but I was a kid but still a deep space horror movie like something out of clive barker is totally fine by me. Resident Evil movies are so retardedly bad that I love watching them to laugh my ass off. So, I guess, in that retard they are totally entertaining. Though, Aliens vs predator was a complete and utter fuck up on all accounts and I was high as a kite when I saw that
Sept. 8, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST
this guys living the dream and you really can't hate him for that. I guess you could but what would that say about you?!
Sept. 8, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
Sept. 8, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST
His movies have all the subtlety of a retard banging a drum.
Sept. 8, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST
adaptation film ever made. AND one of the best fighting films ever made. AVP was fuckin' awesome, it had such a looney plot! I fuckin' love it. <P>And Death Race was such a good looking, entertaining film. Yes, I fuckin' love Paul W.S.Anderson!
Sept. 8, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST
Sept. 8, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST
We, the AICN Talkbackers, don't have any great hatred of this guy. That's just some crap that Harry and his AICN minions have tried to pin on Anderson over many years. All of the AICN staff, and particularly Harry, have a curiously out-of-proportion vendetta against him, probably because Fatso's beloved Soldier was fumbled in Anderson's hands. The fact is, Anderson is no worse, and even a little better, than many of the other hacks out there, including some (*cough* Eli Roth*) that Harry and his lackeys like to shill to us. Double standards? You bet. Don't try and get us to toe your party line and agenda, Harry.
Sept. 8, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST
Its absolutely true about us Brits being reserved, especially in the cinema. Everyone just sits there in silence (apart from the loud fuckers eating snacks like they are going out of fashion). I mean people laugh in comedies etc but overall its a very quiet affair. I visited Florida in 2002 and I was very aware that Spiderman was opening on the second to last day that I was there. I ended up watching it in a huge cinema on International drive. Everything was pretty much the same, I got a hotdog, I found my seat, I sat down. The first "different" thing that caught my attention was when a guy walked in dressed in a Spiderman suit. Now this wasn't a kid or even a teenager, it was a guy in his thirty's or something, I laughed quietly to myself. Then the movie started. People started cheering as the title card come up, the whole cinema erupted when Parker kicked Flash's ass, people where jumping out of there seats and high fiving complete strangers who were sat near them, people booed at the bad guys and do you know what, it was fucking brilliant . I absolutely loved the atmosphere, I mean, there was an atmosphere for Christs sake. Whats funny is that when I returned home I found myself not talking about the actual movie, which wasn't due to open for another couple of months. I found myself explaining the great atmosphere I had witnessed. To this day every time I visit the cinema over here I kind of sit there, look about and think to myself.....Boring fuckers..ha!
Sept. 8, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
for how amazing the 3D in Avatar was supposed to be, it didnt look or work any better than the 3D trailer i saw for Pirhana before it. they both looked like lame pop up books or viewmaster images. the only difference between 3D today and back in the 80s is consistency. those older movies worked badly and only had a few instances that actually worked. these days things always "pop up" but it still looks just as terrible and the funny thing is after 20-30mins you adjust and dont even notice its 3D anymore so why bother? but alas they charge more so the movies makes more and they think it means its demanded.
Sept. 8, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST
Almost consistently. I look back on Event Horizon, Soldier, the first Resident Evil... even AvP. But after that first 20 minutes of set up, things just kind of unravel. I do applaud Anderson for being completely passionate about his job and that's great that he doesn't take things seriously. I just don't think I can truly enjoy "turn your brain off" filmmaking when the budget is so high. If a movie is being sold as an A-list property, then I expect a certain level of quality. Of course, other film geeks might hold a grudge against him because he's clearly made it in the industry while their own genre heroes (Stewart Gordon, Don Coscarelli, etc.) make moves that are just as bad but have never gotten the financial breaks and wide distribution of Anderson. It ain't fair, sure... but... If he's able to lock into that valuable "lowest common denominator" market then cha-ching for him.
Sept. 8, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST
I enjoyed AVP. It could have been much worse and it was far better than AVP2. It definitely was better than Aliens 4, and more fun than Aliens 3.
Sept. 8, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST
...two big thumbs up. AVP gets a lot of hate, but it's certainly not the worst of either series. It has some flaws, but I've watched it plenty of times so it must have done something right. Me, I love the guy. You can tell he's a huge geek at heart and cares about his work. Event Horizon is amazing. Death Race, though a poor remake, is voraciously fun taken on its own. Same goes for the RE movies. I love that they're each quite unique but still have an overarching narrative. I don't care if they aren't exactly like the games. (When Sony did create a movie in the game's universe, it was awful!) I have more respect for a director who can consistently deliver massively entertaining B movies over someone like Ron Howard or Rob Zemeckis who alternates between masterpieces and turds.
Sept. 8, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST
Just, alright. They got worse and worse after that, and I wonder how this one will fare. Will it at least be better than the last one? Better than the second one? Somehow awesome (unlikely)? Milla's always smokin hot but there's so much assmilk in these movies that they are hard to enjoy.
Sept. 8, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST
Sept. 8, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST
So he's basically said, "I make films for the lowest common denominator". Jesus. He seems like a really nice, genuinely passionate guy, but he's about as far away from a visionary/artist as you can get.
Sept. 8, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST
is it's not Resident Evil. I have to admit I do own the film and it's a guilty treat every so often. It's not a terrible movie but it is a terrible Resident Evil film. <br><br> I read what he says about the fans being passionate, but there's nothing really in the film for the fans other than the odd reference (the train, the dogs). What people wanted was for it to be set in the old isolated mansion with Chris, Jill, Barry and Wesker - the characters the gamers love. We wanted the tyrant at the end, we wanted old damp rustly labs, not bright futuristic modern ones - more x-files than anything else. With the sequels, yes they've gotten more epic, but the Resident Evil games are about isolation, incidents in remote areas - not the entire world. <br><br> I'm always going to watch the Resident Evil movie on occasion but can't class it as a Resident Evil film. It's nothing like the game and it's a shame whenever I mention Resident Evil, people now associate it with mindless action rather than isolated survival.
Sept. 8, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST
by Lando Griffin
the guy you shit on for hit shitty movies turns out to be a pretty nice, reasonable guy. His movies are not terrible but mediocre at best. I had never seen a picture of him before either - he wakes up to Milla every morning??? Please tell me theres a lesbo sex scene between Milla and Ali Larter shot in 3D.
Sept. 8, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST
Sept. 8, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST
by Mace Tofu
9 months and this is the first real 3-D shot film!?! Hollywood has tainted 3-D right out the gate with a overload of poor bandwagon product. I love the line about the roto artist in India making your 3-D work for you lol. My Real Imax is getting this in 3-D so I'll check it out. I've seen all the RE films more than once, the last one was the weakest but still had a few good moments, a little too Road Warrior and I guess this next one will crib from T2 : ) Raymar, I would of liked a MK2 with the original cast and director.
Sept. 8, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST
I hated that movie so much I never learned who directed it. Well... I guess I can't really jump to his defense here. Much as I think everybody is a little hard on him and the RE films, AVP was unforgivable. So, please, carry on.
Sept. 9, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST
Avatar and, shockingly, Final Destination are the best-looking live action 3D movies so far, because they were all shot with the same camera system. And so is this one. And Wesker is in it. And Wesker rocks. So I'm in. the glasses thrown at the camera shot is a direct lift from RE5, which was one of my favourite moments in the game.
Sept. 9, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST
If we're talking genre directors who disappoint and let you down, it's totally Wiseman as the real hack.
Sept. 9, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST
and its usually 2hrs of great entertainment and Event Horizon is one of the best sci-fi horrors ever, keep up the good work mate you have a geek fan here!
Sept. 9, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST
Is an older looking suit that works for umbrella (WHAT!) he's not the badass from the games....are you surprised he fucked up wesker as well?
Sept. 9, 2010, noon CST
Just like the Wesker we all know and love post-resurrection retcon in Code Veronica. Yeah, he was just kinda hanging out in the last RE movie but all the ads in this one show Wesker using his crazy super-speed kung-fu. So that would be a hellova lot of fun.
Sept. 10, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST
I very much enjoyed about half of his movies (Shopping, Death Race, Event Horizon, Resident Evil - the first time anyway) and the rest are a bit cack but have some great moments in them. He's like a big budget Roger Corman which is no bad thing to have in this increasingly po-faced industry