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  • Resident Evil

    Resident Evil

    ★★★½

    Has anyone talked about how the (killer) opening of this would be 30 seconds in most movies? Feels like Anderson wanted to fit in an extra one of his large-scale rat mazes by turning the average "incident happens and stuff goes to hell" set-up into at least a little bit of a problem solving endeavor for the pre-ordained mincemeat. The massive axe swing cutting to the close-up of the grain of glass is a fantastic little touch, and my favorite detail in a genre exercise chock full of them.

  • Resident Evil: Retribution

    Resident Evil: Retribution

    ★★★★½

    As tight a multiplex genre showcase as you’re liable to find—in multiple genres!

    Set pieces from Romero to Cameron to trashy DTV shootouts to wuxia flow seamlessly with a dedicated formalist’s sense of craft and purpose. A perfect thrill machine, and maybe the best-paced American action picture of the decade.