Well, it's Labor Day and with it we officially celebrate (or curse wildly while throwing things around the room in rage) the end of the summer season. The lazy days are over as we prepare for another year of toil and depression. Labor Day also marks the end of the summer movie season and what a season it was. One long, crappy run of failed action movies, boring romantic comedies, one ground-breaking flick about dreams, another fantastic story about toys and a little of something of everything else in between.
This summer movie season was less than spectacular, but not without its winners. Similarly, The Rotten Watch had an up and down summer. There were some clear victories and some stunning losses, but overall it was a good run. Before we recap the summer that was, let's take a look at what this rotten week has to offer.
Resident Evil: Afterlife|
On the Rotten Watch we talk a lot about trends. One great way to predict critical consensus for a movie is to look at how directors, actors, or in the case of Resident Evil: Afterlife, other movies in the franchise have performed along the way. For the newest addition to the story of Alice and the Umbrella Corporation, the past hasn't been any great shakes.
Resident Evil started the run with a 34%. Then we got Resident Evil: Apocalypse (21%) and Resident Evil: Extinction (22%). That is probably all of the information we need to make an accurate prediction on how the newest movie in the series will perform. But that's not all we do here. We explore deeper. Consider this article that discusses the biggest winner and losers from this year's Comic Con (guess which one Resident Evil was and then scroll down three quarters of the article). My favorite part is when they describe a scene from the movie as "laughably bad." So things aren't looking great for this new installment.
But then let's dig a little deeper into the potential suckitude of Afterlife. As of this article posting, Sony had no plans to pre-screen the film for the press. What does that mean you ask? Typically it means the movie is so epically terrible that the studio doesn't want anyone with access to any sort of reader base seeing the movie before it hits the theaters. Sony Pictures (who own Screen Gems) most likely knows they've got a dud on their hands. This, my friends, is a pretty bad sign.
And finally, let's take a look at the director too, because this guy is so bad he deserves at least a mention (or a paragraph). Paul W.S. Anderson is one of those directors who, what's the word I'm looking for? Oh yeah, sucks. This guy has such an epically bad critical track record that I wonder how he sleeps at night. My guess is he just dreams of new bad movies to direct. Consider his latest films Death Race (41%), AVP - Alien Vs. Predator (22%) and Soldier (10%). And throw in the the first Resident Evil movie I mentioned before and you have a resume that reads like a second grader wrote it for you.
Afterlife will make its money though. These films are always good for crushing the box office (close to $400 million worldwide for the whole series, yikes), but we pretty much know what we're getting with this new flick. The Rotten Watch for Resident Evil: Afterlife is 18%.
Where do you think Resident Evil: Afterlife will end up on the Tomatometer?