Michael Ordoña

Sept. 11, 2010 | 7:25 a.m.

REVIEW: ‘Resident Evil’ back with exploding zombies and insane plot holes

Michael Ordoña reviews “Resident Evil: Afterlife” for the Los Angeles Times… One thing “Resident Evil” honcho Paul W.S. Anderson has figured out about his franchise: Once the train leaves the station, it’s best not to make any stops. His new installment (fourth as writer-producer, second as director), “Resident Evil: Afterlife” is an express to Monstertown on tracks greased with zombie entrails. For those not steeped in the gory legend risen from the popular video games, Milla Jovovich plays Alice, former operative and now arch-nemesis of the Umbrella Corporation. As the name implies, the company covers it all in the field of malevolence — even after it accidentally launches a plague that essentially wipes out humanity, it keeps plotting new wickedness that often involves experimenting on uninfected humans. This fourth chapter of Alice in Zombieland, in 3-D, opens with our heroine, somehow […]
Jan. 21, 2010 | 2:42 a.m.

‘Legion’ star Paul Bettany raids the mini-bar: ‘I can’t be an angel. Ask my wife’

For our entertainment this weekend, Paul Bettany will be waging his own personal battle between heaven and earth. The handsome Brit’s image as the assault-rifle-toting archangel Michael in the doomsday fantasy “Legion” has been inescapable of late. In the intelligent, emotional “Creation,” meanwhile, he plays Charles Darwin over a span of crucial years. As Bettany raids a hotel suite’s mini-bar for a vodka tonic, he delights in the irony of simultaneously manifesting as an angel and as the man who, as one “Creation” character says, “killed God.” “I was making ‘Legion’ and the script for ‘Creation’ came up — it was written by [director] Jon Amiel and John Collee, who’s a great writer, he wrote ‘Master and Commander.’ I had been reading Darwin’s diaries from the Beagle when I was making ‘Master and Commander’ as research [for his Darwinesque character, […]
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