Biohazard The Final : Japanese Movie Flyer
Biohazard The Final was released in Japan back in late December and I saw it in the first week of release.
It pretty much was as I expected, not amazing but good fun. There were some great set pieces and lots great stunts, etc, everything seemed to be ramped up for the finale of the series.
There were 2 major problems I found with it though.
Paul W. S Anderson was obviously paying his editor (Doobie White) per edit-cut as I think the average length of a shot was about 0.1 second!
The fight scenes looked good but they would have been even better if you could actually see what was going on!
I guess Anderson had no faith in his cast or stunt crew to effectively pull of fight scenes so they got around it by quick-cutting to within an inch of it’s life, so you couldn’t really make out what was going on.
This has been an unfortunate trend over the past few years in movies.
I watched Biohazard IV over the weekend and this must have come out around the time of The Matrix as everything was slowed down, bullet-time, etc.
A much different pace. And although they used it a bit too much in IV, at least you could see what was going on.
Somewhere in-between the two extremes would have been nice.
The other disappointment was the sound mix was turned up to eleventy-stupid.
Again this is another unfortunate recent trend, where horror movie directors can’t scare people without resorting to basically screaming BOO!!! in their ear to get people to jump.
One ridiculous scene in particular stood out where Alice discovers some kind of communications room, and creeps around to see if it’s safe…everything goes quiet…until…
BOOO!!!! a telex machine jumps into life at ear-piercing/distorting volume and makes everyone jump!
Now, at some point, this comms room would have been a working office. Imagine working in an office where the telex machine is as loud as a jumbo jet exploding?? You’d never get any bloody work done!
Despite all that, it was fun and in-between wincing from the deafening “jump scares”, I was enjoying the whole event.
Here’s the other flyer I picked up, a 4-page pamphlet with a nice poster in the middle.
There’s also a competition campaign going on where you can win a PS VR and games, etc. Here’s the flyer for that :