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There have been a lot of really bad adaptations of video game movies in Hollywood – and most of them have flopped. Only one director, in fact, has found any real form of critical and commercial success with these films: Paul W.S. Anderson.

While some fans of the Resident Evil games might object to his interpretation of series, it's hard to argue with the box office results. The first four films in the series have earned over $700 million. And Resident Evil: Retribution took in over $108 million worldwide in its first two weeks. (A sixth film has been greenlit.)


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How Resident Evil director and cast cope with the criticisms of the RE-Movieverse.



Rodriguez then went on to mock those that slag off the films: "At the end of the day I know that the franchise has its following and it has that following for a reason. "They love the idea of the world destroying itself. So I don't think this franchise is going anywhere soon - even with critical 15-year-olds". That's a sure fire way to win them over, Michelle.

In a separate interview Paul W.S. Anderson confirmed his view that it's more about what the fans think than the press, saying: "When the audience are on their chairs cheering, that's my job done!" 'Resident Evil' star (and Anderson's wife) Milla Jovovich chipped in to explain that if you put the people that criticise the films in one room and ask them to do better, they'd end up killing each other. In between flirting with Yahoo! Movies and telling us that she loves British guys (because we're smart) she jokingly mocks "the haters" of the franchise. And after five films, you can rather see her point. Watch the full interview @link. [SOURCE]
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Fifth installment outdoes predecessor



Overseas auds proved game yet again for Sony-Screen Gems' "Resident Evil: Retribution," as the franchise's fifth installment, "Retribution," grossed nearly $50 million from 59 debut territories over the Sept. 14-16 frame. The film outdid its 2010 predecessor "Afterlife," which bowed to $39 million, by about 28%, from approximately same profile of day-and-date markets as "Retribution," throughout southeast Asia and Latin America.


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Milla Jovovich first stepped into the boots of the zombie-fighting heroine Alice a decade ago, not knowing that the “Resident Evil” role would help cement her place among the queens of sci-fi. It’s a character she’s been happy to inhabit and develop, working closely with her now-husband Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote all five films in the franchise and directed three of them, including “Resident Evil: Retribution,” which opened last weekend.

Lucky for both of them, Jovovich isn’t ready to break up with Alice.

“Every time we see Alice, it’s like some different iteration of the same person,” the 36-year-old actress said. “I think there’s definitely been an evolution. It’s not like we’re repeating the same stuff over and over and regurgitating things over and over, so it keeps it fresh and keeps it interesting. I think that’s what kind of makes these movies stand apart, in that sense where people do keep coming back to see them.”


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IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick speaks exclusively with actress Milla Jovovich about 'Resident Evil: Retribution,' which opens in theaters on September 14th and is the fifth installment of the franchised based on the popular video game of the same name. [SOURCE]


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Resident Evil's cinematic legacy lives on in Resident Evil: Retribution, opening in theaters this Friday, September 14th in 2D/3D and IMAX.

After the jump, you'll find our one-on-one video chats with writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Milla Jovovich, Boris Kodjoe and Michelle Rodriguez.

In our string of interviews with the team, we discuss how the stakes are raised in this fifth film entry, the story's elevated action, what elements make the series successful and more.

Head inside for the video! [SOURCE]


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