UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING (Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein, 2012)

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In its first few minutes, Kate Beckinsale as Selene woke up from her cryogenically frozen state, broke her glass chamber, and stumbled out of it fully naked. If your mind was screaming Milla Jovovich as Alice in Resident Evil, then you were absolutely right.

A lot of the elements in this movie reminded me of the RE flicks and I wouldn’t have been surprised to see zombies invading the vampires vs. werewolves story. It was all style over substance with Kate in full leather costume slicing and dicing her opponents in slo-mo. It might not have lacked action sequences, but you’d get tired after seeing several blood gushes and chopped appendages. Ho-hum.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published January 24, 2012.)

HITCHCOCK (Sacha Gervasi, 2012)

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Fascinating story on an equally fascinating man with exquisite performances by Hopkins and Mirren.

I really loved the cast of Hitchcock: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Scarlet Johansson. Even Jessica Biel was bearable.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published January 14, 2013.)