Paul Anderson is one of those people working in Hollywood who “gets it”. He treats science fiction and video game topics
with dignity and respect and seems to really enjoy directing and producing movies based on them. Add that to the fact the he is engaged to Milla Jovovich makes him the envy of many sci-fi geeks.
5) Event Horizon (1997)
This movie about a space ship recently reappeared after a ten year absence features Laurence Fishburne as the commander of a mission sent to retrieve the vessel and discover where it has been. The film is very intense in parts (and had to
have large amounts cut out to receive a R rating) and is not for the squeamish or easily scared. Though not an original premise the effects and decent actors make this one worth watching (in the dark).
4) Soldier (1998)
This movie features Kurt Russell doing his best Arnold imitation. The film while suffering slightly from the one dimensional portrayal of the lead character by the normally versatile Russell does make up for in cool action and special
effects. There is also a wealth of hidden references to Blade runner, the doom video game; escape from New York
and even Russell’s old Walt Disney movies (check the guns that Todd is trained on and the battles in which he fights).
3) Resident Evil ( 2002)
Though this film has been abused on message boards across the world by fans of the video game I liked the movie. It was not wildly innovative but it gave you what you wanted in a fast paced horror flick, bullets, babes and zombies. Milla had a
decent showing and Michelle Rodriguez was great (and left me wondering when she is going to be allowed to be main star in a picture all by her lonesome.) It’s not as over the top as it’s sequel and but still offers lots of suspense and gore.
2) Alien vs Predator (2004)
This was the movie that everyone had been waiting for since the scene in Predator II when we saw the alien skull in the spaceship (actually fans of the comic book had been waiting a little bit longer.) While it was not as great as the comic book that inspired it the movie definitely gave us what we wanted, cool scenes of two of the scariest monsters going mano ad mano. I had not been this excited about a cross over since Godzilla versus King Kong (which shows you how often I get excited about movies crossing over.) A must see for fans of either series.
1) Mortal Kombat (1995)
This was the first video game movie that I ever completely enjoyed. The film takes itself seriously but not too much. While Robin Shou is not ideal for a leading man, Christopher Lambert and Linden Ashby but more than make up for in charm and
humor. The fight scenes are distinctive and engaging making the it a very enjoyable experience.