Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bangkok Cinema Scene: Movies opening September 13-19, 2012

Resident Evil: Retribution

How many Resident Evil movies has there been?

I've lost track. A quick count reveals that Resident Evil: Retribution is the fifth entry in the zombie-horror-sci-fi-action franchise that's based on a video game.

Paul W.S. Anderson again directs with his wife Milla Jovovich slipping back into her catsuit as Alice, the pistol-packing main character who's trying to get to the bottom of the zombie apocalypse. She awakens to find herself in the heart of a secret facility run by her former employer, the evil Umbrella Corporation, a company that made biological weapons until one of the viruses got loose. The company has been on lockdown ever since, trying to control the virus.

As she races around the secret facility in a bid to escape, she encounters old acquaintances such as Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) from the first Resident Evil movie. This time she has a bug on her throat that's controlling her thoughts.

Also returning is Michelle Rodriguez as the rifle-toting commando Rain Ocampo, who despite being turned into a zombie in the first film, is back in cloned form.

Li Bingbing is the operative Ada Wong, wearing a red dress with a conveniently placed tear that makes it possible for her to kick zombie heads.

Resident Evil: Retribution is being released this week in U.S. cinemas and it's still too early to gauge critical reception. It's in 3D in some cinemas, including IMAX.Digital. Rated 18+.

Also opening

The Intouchables – After he becomes a quadriplegic in a paragliding accident, an aristocrat (François Cluzet) hires a street-smart ex-con (Omar Sy) to be his caretaker. Together, the pair form an unlikely bond that's rooted in honesty and humor. The second-biggest film in French box office history, this comedy-drama was a major cultural touchstone of 2011 in France. Critical reception is mostly positive. It's in French with English and Thai subtitles at House, Paragon Cineplex and SF World Cinema at CentralWorld. Rated 15+.

9-9-81 (บอก-เล่า-9-ศพ, Bok Lao 9 Sop) – A bride-to-be jumps to her death after she learns her fiancé has died. But he hasn’t. What really happened? In a bit of a twist on the horror-anthology format, the points of view of the groom, the best friend and others who were acquainted or close to the couple are recounted in nine short segments by different directors. They are Suthat Phawilairat, Ditsaphong Sampattawanit, Phithak Rueangrotsin, Adirek Phothong, Phirun Anusuriya, Sayree Lawchonnabot, Siriphon Prasatthong, Thanyawan Mepnom, Nuttorn Kangwanklai, Rapeepimon Chaisayna and Oliver Woonsan, with the story by Rapeepimon. Rated 15+.

Also showing

La princesse de Montpensier – Bertrand Tavernier directs this much-acclaimed 2010 period costume drama starring Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet and Gaspard Ulliel. Based on the novel by Madame de La Fayette and set in France of 1562 against the background of the savage Catholic-Protestant wars, a young aristocratic woman falls for a rakish young man while her hand is promised to a prince who is then called away to war. She is then left in the care of an ageing nobleman who struggles with his own desires for the young woman and the need to protect her. It's in French with English subtitles at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 19 at the Alliance Française.

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