This week: Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter are a zombie-wrecking team, George Clooney is a gunsmith hiding out in Italy, soulless rich kids find trouble and more in what is mostly a post-Christmas dumping ground.
Resident Evil: Afterlife: Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter return for this kick-ass fourth installment of the zombie action franchise based on the popular video game. This time Alice (Jovovich) takes on the head of the Umbrella Corporation—and a few thousand mutant zombies—in the ruins of Los Angeles. (Read the full review with extras info in Disc-y Business tomorrow.)
The American: Jack (George Clooney) makes specialized weapons for people who need to kill in very specific ways. While hiding out in Italy trying to avoid his employer, Jack spends his days quietly building weapons and looking bored. When he steps out to have sex with gorgeous Italian women, he still looks bored. The only time he doesn't seem bored is when he traverses quiet cobbled streets pursuing assassins sent to take him out, which doesn't add much to the film's inertness. Frankly, you'll be bored to tears with this art house offering from director Anton Corbijn with an ending that, although supposed to be dramatic and moving, will make you chuckle considering how poker-faced Clooney has been for the preceding 104 minutes. Best extras: Both the DVD an Blu-ray contain commentary by Corbijn, a making-of featurette and deleted scenes. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me
Twelve: Here's another excruciating Joel Schumacher film about wealthy Upper East Side teenagers and their empty quest for popularity, sex and drugs. The film stars Chace Crawford—who, in a real stretch of casting, also plays an Upper East Side trust-fund bad boy on TV's Gossip Girl—Emma Roberts, and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as a murderous thug who supplies the dope to Crawford to sell. In the middle of an economic downturn, who doesn't want to watch a bunch of slutty, well-to-do Manhattanites with daddy issues whine about their tough lives? Blu-ray Bob doesn't, for one, and you probably won't either. Best extras: The only extra on both the DVD and Blu-ray is sneak peeks at other, better Fox titles. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me
And Soon the Darkness (2010): In this remake of the 1970 film of the same name, two gal pals (Amber Heard and Odette Yustman) embark on a cycling trip to Argentina to soak up some sun and flirt with handsome locals. When Heard disappears, Yustman—a schlocky horror film vet with The Unborn under her belt—frantically searches for her friend and is offered help from the only English-speaking guy around, Karl Urban. He is probably bad news in a Natalee Holloway sort of way, just like this movie is probably bad news in a Turistas kind of way. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain audio commentary, deleted scenes and the director's video diary. Blu-ray Bob's Verdict: Forget Me
Also New This Week: Jersey Shore: Season Two, Legendary, United States of Tara: The Second Season, Derailed (Blu-ray) and Surf Nazis Must Die (Blu-ray)