Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) Teaser Trailer

Resident Evil: Retribution is the fifth instalment in the Resident Evil film series. In Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Michelle Rodriguez, Resident Evil: Retribution opens on September 14, 2012.

Battle: Los Angeles (2011) – Movie Review

Battle: Los Angeles (also known as Battle: LA and World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles) is an alien invasion war film that centers around Los Angeles in the United States of America.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Aaron Eckhart in "Battle: Los Angeles"
Aaron Eckhart in "Battle: Los Angeles"

The film begins with some mysterious flying objects that are thought to be meteorites heading towards the Pacific Ocean.

A retired U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) is recalled to assist 2nd Lieutenant William Martinez (Ramón Rodríguez) in leading a platoon in an evacuation task when the armies thought the spacecrafts were meteorites which later on are revealed as space crafts containing alien forces who begin to attack the civilians near the beach side in Santa Monica as well as seven other cities around the world.

The Air Force gives the platoon a three-hour time limit to help evacuate civilians within the city before dropping a bomb. However, they face the aliens and along the way other U.S. Army soldiers including an Air Force intelligence Technical Sergeant Elena Santos (Michelle Rodriguez). They join forces but with the alien attack, they suffer some casualties before they finally reach a police station.

The platoon discovers the way to kill the infantry and find out that the alien aircrafts are remote-controlled drone and speculate that there must be a central command center that control them. When they search and learn that the aliens are hiding their central command center underground, Nanz and the platoon calls for a missile strike and eventually destroys the command center in Los Angeles after several attempt forcing the alien ground forces to retreat and thus becoming the heroes with other cities planning to emulate their strategy.

The film combines the war fare of "Black Hawk Down" and alien invasion part of "District 9" but the end result is not as pretty.

Overall, Battle: Los Angeles is a mediocre war film and alien invasion film and there’s really nothing to shout about except it’s a good popcorn movie.

My ratings: 5 out of 10.

Battle: Los Angeles (2011) Trailer

Battle: Los Angeles is an action sci-fi film about an alien invasion in Los Angeles. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Battle: Los Angeles stars Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Aaron Eckhart, Joey King, Noel Fisher, Lucas Till. The film opens on March 11, 2011.

Machete (2010) Trailer

Machete is an action adventure crime starring Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Danny Trejo. After being betrayed by the organization who hired him, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. Machete opens on September 3, 2010.

Avatar (2009) – Movie Review

Avatar is an action adventure science fiction epic film written and directed by James Cameron. The film is specially made in 3D using breakthrough technology stereoscopic filmmaking.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in "Avatar"
Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in "Avatar"

Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a former U.S. Marine paralyzed from the waist down is chosen to join the Avatar program after his identical twin brother Tom is killed. Jake reaches Pandora, the home of the indigenous race called Na’vi with hundred other personnel. Pandora is mostly covered with lush rainforest and exotic wildlife. Jake is introduced to Norm Spellman (Joel David Moore), a biologist and Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver), a botanist and the leader of the Avatar program, which allows human to control avatars. Avatars are genetically engineered human-Na’vi hybrids who look like Na’vis. Using the avatars, Grace has managed to teach some Na’vi English.

After several weeks of training, Jake, Grace and Norm explore the jungle of Pandora but Jake encounters a group of Hammered Titanotheres, an animal which looks like rhinoceros with hammer. The Titanotheres flee when a Thanator, a fearsome land predator appears. Jake flees from the Thanator and ends up deeper in the jungle. When Jake lights up a fire torch, he attracts a large group of Viperwolves which attack him. A female Na’vi called Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) rescues him and kills several of the Viperwolves before they all run away. Jake is then caught by her fellow Na’vi led by Tsu’Tey (Laz Alonso), but Neytiri alleviates the situation by telling her people that Jake is a pure spirit as chosen by the seeds of Eyra. Following that, Eytucan (Wes Studi) and Mo’at (C. C. H. Pounder), the king and queen of the Omaticaya tribe agree to teach Jake the way of the Na’vi with Neytiri as the tutor.

As Jake manages to bond and control his flying Banshee, he gains respect from the people of Na’vi and eventually is regarded as one of the Omaticaya. However, when the three-month period is over, Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), the leader of the human race sends Bulldozer to destroy the forest leaving Neytiri’s father died in the process. Neytiri feels that Jake has betrayed her and the Na’vi race while Jake and Grace are sent back to their human body and locked away for treason.

Trudy Chacon, (Michelle Rodriguez) rescues them and sends them to the Tree of Souls, together with the avatar transfer pods. In order to regain the Na’vi’s trust, Jake tames and successfully controls Toruk Macto, a flying creature bigger than the Banshee and the highest in the Pandora Food chain. Jake manages to regain the Na’vi’s trust and reunites with Neytiri. Together with Toruk Macto and Tsu’Tey, Jake manages to gather around 2,000 warriors from other tribes. Quaritch learns that from his intel and decides to destroy the Tree of Souls once and for all.

The final battle between the Na’vi and the human races is epic and action-packed and promises to be nothing short of excitement. In the end, the Na’vi manages to use the force of nature to win the battle and send the remaining humans back to Earth. Jack decides to stay in his Avatar form for eternal and through the Tree of Souls, he transfers his human body to his avatar form and wakes up as a Na’vi.

Avatar is an incredible piece of epic film which might as well be the best film of 2009, if not for the entire decade. Truly a masterpiece, Avatar is just brilliant, whether it’s the visual, sound, cinematography or the story. Now, I have to get back to my pod.

My ratings: 9 out of 10.