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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/3D Video total rating:

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Studio and Year: Sony Pictures
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 96 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror/Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: MVC/AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English/French DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Sienna Guillory, Shawn Roberts, Aryana Engineer, Colin Salmon, Johaa Urb, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing
Written & Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Music by: Tomandandy
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 21, 2012







"Evil goes global"


Film Synopsis:

Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice, Earth’s last hope as the Umbrella Corporation continues to control the population by transforming humans into flesh-eating undead. In this fifth installment Alice is captured by the Umbrella Corporation and, with the help of her friends must escape to save the human race from extinction. The film also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Boris Kodjoe, and features the popular game characters Leon S. Kennedy, Ada Wong, the Red Queen and Dr. Wesker.


My Take:

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, ALICE (Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the
complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

I have never played the video game that inspired this action/horror film franchise but the original Resident Evil looked interesting so I gave it a shot 10 years ago. Milla Jovovich has proven that she has the chops for credible butt kicking action. Here we are now four films later and with each installment the series has steadily declined in terms of the quality of the storyline. Obviously one can’t expect deep themes and broad plots but at this stage it has descended into the abyss with threadbare writing, rehashed situations and cardboard cutouts for characters. The one constant, which depending on your point of view may be all that matters, has been the action. I generally find that aspect to be gratifying despite a bit of thematic repetitiveness.

The last two installments have added 3D to the equation which has proven to be an enhancing element. Diehard fans will find much to like in Resident Evil: Retribution as it adheres to the same formula as its predecessors. I suspect that novices or those with a casual interest won’t be impressed with its style over substance approach to filmmaking. In spite of the fact that I haven’t found much merit in the last few Resident Evil films I still manage to own each and every one. Go figure. The truth is that good bad or otherwise I find them entertaining. At the end of the day it is simply a matter of preference I suppose.


Parental Guide:

The rating is for strong sequences of strong violence throughout.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 90

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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3D Presentation: 92

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Resident Evil: Retribution 3D comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p MVC encoded video and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.8 Mbps.

This film was shot in high definition 3D and the results are impressive. Detail is well preserved as the image retains its high level of clarity as objects within the frame are delineated and sharp. Depth of field is excellent as objects and/or people within the frame appear naturally spaced rather than staggered like cardboard cutouts. There are a plethora of sequences, usually associated with the action, that provide a gimmicky/fun reach out and touch sense of dimension. The photography makes definitive use of the 3D platform with a noticeable emphasis on screen popping effects that are designed to elicit audience reaction. A film like this is tailor made for 3D and I enjoyed how it was implemented here. It made the experience a bit more engaging. Contrast is spot on and colors are deeply saturated but not unnatural. Blacks are stable and rich and depth/dimension in darker sequences is quite good. I didn’t notice any overt signs of ghosting/crosstalk. This presentation makes for an entertaining and involving 3D experience that fans of the format will appreciate.

The 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio surround mix makes regular use of the entire system and delivers near reference quality sound. This is an active soundtrack that features engaging bass response that reinforces the dynamic impact associated with the films action based elements and music. The surrounds are mixed a little on the hot side which occasionally impacts the integration of the front and rear channels however it didn’t prove overtly distracting. For the most part the entire surround platform combines to create a dynamic listening experience that is complimented by palpably rich low frequency effects. Clarity and detail are first rate as I never had any trouble discerning subtle vocal inflections or the presence of low level sounds mixed into the background. I didn’t find the film to be all that great however I enjoyed its lossless audio presentation.


2D Video Quality:

Video: 92

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Resident Evil: Retribution comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 24 Mbps

This film has an intentionally dark and singular chromatic visual style that doesn’t lend itself to vibrant colors and vivid high gloss video quality. There are instances where brighter elements are utilized and the boldly applied contrast allows them to pop visually. Otherwise onscreen images predominantly lean toward darker color schemes, and grittier textures that provide the look that the filmmakers use to drive the story’s components. This is done to good effect. Shadow delineation is excellent overall and revealing of visible details within dark backgrounds and low lighting. Stable contrast and deep blacks allow scenes containing mixed content to appear gradationally satisfying with crisp whites and dynamic highlights. Resolution is discerning as images are characterized by intricate and definitively rendered detail that gives the video appreciable dimension and delineated texture. This is a solid high definition presentation that looked great on my large screen.





Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1:


  • 3D & 2D version of Resident Evil: Retribution

  • Audio commentary with writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson, Milla Jovovich, Boris Kodjoe

  • Audio commentary with director Paul W.S. Anderson & producer Jeremy Bolt

  • 3D (HD) 5 deleted/extended scenes

  • 3D (HD) Outtakes – 4 minutes

  • Disc 2:


  • (HD) Project Alice: The interactive database – Interactive look at characters/profiles, film clips and more

  • (HD) Featurettes (7 segments):
    1. Maestro of evil: Directing Resident Evil: Retribution – 8 minutes
    2. Evolving Alice – 6 minutes
    3. Resident Evil: Reunion – 9 minutes
    4. Design and build: The world of Resident Evil: Retribution – 9 minutes
    5. Drop (Un) Dead: The creatures of Retribution – 7 minutes
    6. Resident stuntman – 6 minutes
    7. Code: Mika – 5 minutes
  • (HD) Resident Evil: Retribution – Face of the fan – 3 minute set tour

  • (HD) 3 Capcom video game trailers (including Resident Evil 6)

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy
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Final Thoughts:

Based on the popular Capcom game the Resident Evil film franchise has garnered a loyal following that eagerly awaits each release. I wouldn’t paint myself as a loyal follower however I own each of the previous films in the series. Since the original release each installment has been a little worse than the one preceding it and that hasn’t changed with Resident Evil: Retribution. It favors style over substance offering little in the way of cohesive storytelling. Be that as it may the action is on par with what we have come to expect from the franchise and the addition of 3D takes it up a notch.

It comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in this two disc package that features excellent high definition video in both 3D and 2D flavors, a rousing DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and a strong supplemental package that contains Blu-ray exclusives, 3D extras, and a complimentary look behind the scenes at the production. Unless you’re a diehard fan this doesn’t rate as a must own/blind buy however for those that enjoy straight up butt kicking wrapped in an excellent technical package Resident Evil: Retribution is worth the cost of a rental and a bag of popcorn.





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Ralph Potts
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post #2 of 46
Thanks for the review! I agree with these films being style over substance. They arent too bad and I just turn my brain off. Oh and the leading lady helps a lot ;-)
post #3 of 46
I still feel it was at least better then the previous movie, so overall I did not mind, all I can say is the next final movie will be pretty badass with the way it ended in this one smile.gif
post #4 of 46
Will buy it regardless I don't mind these film.
post #5 of 46
With the slaughter of the innocents in Newtown only 3 days ago, an event so evil that it impacted the American/world psyche like nothing since 9-11, I have to question the timing of this review. Surely, you could have waited a week or so before reviewing this stupid gore-fest of a movie complete with cover art of the heroine with assault rifle and automatic handgun prominently displayed, ready for the kill.
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Originally Posted by Patrick Murphy View Post

With the slaughter of the innocents in Newtown only 3 days ago, an event so evil that it impacted the American/world psyche like nothing since 9-11, I have to question the timing of this review. Surely, you could have waited a week or so before reviewing this stupid gore-fest of a movie complete with cover art of the heroine with assault rifle and automatic handgun prominently displayed, ready for the kill.

Greetings,

Patrick, in no way was the posting of this review meant to disrespect the memories of those lost or lessen the horrific impact of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown. If you perceived it as such I apologize however there isn't a connection. My feelings on the matter aren't something I will share in this thread other than to say that it is a heartbreaking and devastating loss for all of us. As a country we do need to pay attention.

Please, let's leave it at that.

Regards,
post #7 of 46
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Originally Posted by Patrick Murphy View Post

With the slaughter of the innocents in Newtown only 3 days ago, an event so evil that it impacted the American/world psyche like nothing since 9-11, I have to question the timing of this review. Surely, you could have waited a week or so before reviewing this stupid gore-fest of a movie complete with cover art of the heroine with assault rifle and automatic handgun prominently displayed, ready for the kill.

This smells like a troll post more then anything, yes what happen was tragic but you know what Im not going to stop my life because of it, its a movie.... why dont you call all the TV networks and tell them to stop showing violent shows and for the movie theaters to have not shown The Hobbit and so forth because you feel nothing of the such apparently should be going on because of what happen... ~_~ again yes its sad but it shouldnt let it stop people from living their life and moving on.
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This smells like a troll post more then anything, yes what happen was tragic but you know what Im not going to stop my life because of it, its a movie.... why dont you call all the TV networks and tell them to stop showing violent shows and for the movie theaters to have not shown The Hobbit and so forth because you feel nothing of the such apparently should be going on because of what happen... ~_~ again yes its sad but it shouldnt let it stop people from living their life and moving on.

Actually, many studios are doing exactly that, voluntarily delaying the opening of films.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/19/movies/newtown-massacre-changes-plans-at-movie-and-tv-studios.html?_r=0

And I know that Fox altered their showing of Sundays 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad', along with other shows.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/networks-respond-newtown-shooting-postponing-yanking-shows-article-1.1222903?localLinksEnabled=false

I'm certainly not a troll, I said what I wanted to say and nobody here has to agree or like it. Just like I don't have to agree with someone who writes the highlighted thoughts.

Enjoy your movie.
post #9 of 46
I like how they are releasing the movie on the suppose end of the world date, that's hilarious, I for one will pick it up on that day for sure... remembering back to this movie makes me want to go play Nazi zombies, I know in the movie it was Russian Zombies but ehh a zombie is a zombie. I have to admit Im glad the movie wasnt what the commercials implied or I think it would have been worse then what it ended up being and bring back characters from previous movies and from the game was a nice touch too. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Patrick Murphy View Post

Actually, many studios are doing exactly that, voluntarily delaying the opening of films.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/19/movies/newtown-massacre-changes-plans-at-movie-and-tv-studios.html?_r=0
And I know that Fox altered their showing of Sundays 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad', along with other shows.
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/networks-respond-newtown-shooting-postponing-yanking-shows-article-1.1222903?localLinksEnabled=false
I'm certainly not a troll, I said what I wanted to say and nobody here has to agree or like it. Just like I don't have to agree with someone who writes the highlighted thoughts.
Enjoy your movie.

Fox, studios and networks canceling/altering their schedule can't really be compared to a film review on avs forum though...
post #11 of 46
Back on topic this one is on my must buy list ...
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Back on topic this one is on my must buy list ...

Same here... Can't get enough of her! wink.gif
post #13 of 46
Well, I'm going to rent before I buy. I mean, rent it and then decide to buy. Actually, probably rent it and maybe pick it up when it is really cheap. tongue.gif

Ralph, spot on synopsis of the series and a big +1 as a guilty pleasure here. I own the first four, and love this genre, but if this is as bad as the last one...
post #14 of 46
I usually like action movies but this one fell flat for me. I felt no connection with any of the characters. One humorous moment was the one bright spot in the film for me.
It sure could have used more of that. Glad I rented and did not buy it.
post #15 of 46
I bought the 2D version. I have to agree with Raplh's scoring BUT I would give the audio a 95. Some really good ULF in some scenes( how low I don't know). Just a few power warbles were it counted:-)
post #16 of 46
Does it matter not if you haven't really seen any of the other movies in this series?

I'm thinking of getting it for the 3d aspect of it plus the action. I mean, I played the games when I was a kid so I know the back story and all that. Plus I did see the first 1 when that came out what like 10 years ago?

Thanks.
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I bought the 2D version. I have to agree with Raplh's scoring BUT I would give the audio a 95. Some really good ULF in some scenes( how low I don't know). Just a few power warbles were it counted:-)

WOW! I just noticed your screen name kong. That's actually an online name I've been using for the last 15 years or so. I bring this up because when I signed up here at AVS, I tried to use the name kong, but it was already taken! And there you are! LOL! Crazy! biggrin.gifeek.gif

What's also crazy is your HT setup is alot like mine. All the DT speakers and 18" subs like I've got also. Freaky. I'm also using 2 great grammas also and 2 Emotiva amps....! eek.gif
Edited by yadfgp - 12/23/12 at 3:14pm
post #18 of 46
I bought it, I liked it, but I found it a little incoherent. Sort of the "Inception" of the "Resident Evil" movies where you don't really know who to root for. The audio commentary with the delightful Ms. Jovovich. her director husband and another actor, Boris Kodjoe, is very funny. The actors make good fun of themselves and others in the film as well as the action. It's as entertaining as the movie itself and reflects the attitude that people should have towards the "Resident Evil" movies. Pure fun, nothing more. Anyone who takes them seriously belongs in a rubber room. I'm glad that Ralph, a former policeman, reviewed it the way he did. Excellent job as always!
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I bought it, I liked it, but I found it a little incoherent. Sort of the "Inception" of the "Resident Evil" movies where you don't really know who to root for. The audio commentary with the delightful Ms. Jovovich. her director husband and another actor, Boris Kodjoe, is very funny. The actors make good fun of themselves and others in the film as well as the action. It's as entertaining as the movie itself and reflects the attitude that people should have towards the "Resident Evil" movies. Pure fun, nothing more. Anyone who takes them seriously belongs in a rubber room. I'm glad that Ralph, a former policeman, reviewed it the way he did. Excellent job as always!

Greetings,

Thanks for sharing your insights capnvid. I always enjoy your take.. smile.gif

BTW - Not a "former" policeman yet... wink.gif


Regards,
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Does it matter not if you haven't really seen any of the other movies in this series?
I'm thinking of getting it for the 3d aspect of it plus the action. I mean, I played the games when I was a kid so I know the back story and all that. Plus I did see the first 1 when that came out what like 10 years ago?
Thanks.

Ralph, you've seen all the other movies in the series? If so does it really matter if you've only seen the first 1 when it comes to this entry?

Anyone know that has seen this movie?

Thanks
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Ralph, you've seen all the other movies in the series? If so does it really matter if you've only seen the first 1 when it comes to this entry?
Anyone know that has seen this movie?
Thanks

Greetings,

It doesn't matter. There is a storyline recap that brings you up to date and there isn't anything that really requires intrinsic prior knowledge.

Regards,
post #22 of 46
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Greetings,
It doesn't matter. There is a storyline recap that brings you up to date and there isn't anything that really requires intrinsic prior knowledge.
Regards,

Awesome! Thanks Ralph. smile.gif
post #23 of 46
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Unless you’re a diehard fan this doesn’t rate as a must own/blind buy however for those that enjoy straight up butt kicking wrapped in an excellent technical package Resident Evil: Retribution is worth the cost of a rental and a bag of popcorn.
I don't know, I would have bought blind if it wasn't just slightly high right now, also is available for rental, so thought I'd rent first, then wait. Now I want to buy, as I consider it a must own -- maybe for just those factors you cite -- technical excellence -- to me this was pure candy on Christmas -- supremely delicious video, one of the best things I've ever seen, PLUS rockin' audio. Just a glorious gushing good time.

You said it was dark, Ralph? I know other folks perhaps don't favor a factory set DYNAMIC mode on their LCDs, but I do, and perhaps this would be the reason: this flick did not appear at all dark to me, but was bright bright bright -- exploding with color and utterly saturated with light, from the fluorescent panels in the pristine UMBRELLA facility, to stunning white snow vistas, to background beacons of lit areas behind the shadow-illumined principals. Sure, there may have been plenty of darker area contrast, but within each darker region was almost luminous color -- bright blues and greens and splash-splattered reds. In any case, the contrast areas really caused the spotlighted figures to pop. Course I guess alot of those figures and their heads were poppin' anyway -- even the blood spatter AND EVEN the corrupted flesh was beautiful to behold -- looked like pure clean Hollywood craft -- every frame a painting. Milla's skin was pure as the snow drifts, interiors were razor sharp and beaming -- I don't think there was a speck of dust on anything I saw -- all looked antiseptic tech and bright gory glory to me.

As I say, pure candy on Christmas, what a delight.
post #24 of 46
Looks terrific. Sounds terrific. Sucks terrific.
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Looks terrific. Sounds terrific. Sucks terrific.
Just my take, but your last sentence is incompatible with the previous two. This latest effort was the franchise in full fruition, and not incidentally, something of a walkthrough of the predecessors and glorious return to form of the first. RETRIBUTION represents the pinnacle of filmmaking craft as applied to this sub genre. The fact that it looks terrific and sounds terrific precludes that it could suck as a film -- at least for me, that is mostly what I'm entertained by at home, with my system.... but then perhaps you would need my system to make such an evaluation.

A couple of things here: I watched the featurettes which contained snippets of the previous incarnations. That footage invariably looked not only light depleted, but skin tones appeared opaque and dull, colors were shades of grey and brown -- plus in some of those, there was alot of desert dust etc. They generally looked sickly, drab, and unenticing to the eye, comparatively (except perhaps the first). With RETRIBUTION, even in shadow or in silhouette against bright skies, the skin glowed with inner light. To me this was like looking into the Candy Store on Christmas eve -- the storefront all decked out in twinkly gorgeous lights of every color -- metallic candy wrappers blinking back the rainbow hues, inspiring agog fantasies of every sensory dream fulfilled. It was a panorama of celestial delights. I was utterly mesmerized moment-to-moment, and that is not to even mention the sound -- therefore, what offers me that experience cannot possibly suck, but ecstasy upon euphoria, there was a story there too -- even something of a multi-layered one which thoughtfully allowed us to imagine some prospects and possibilities. I thought it was terrific entertainment from start to finish, and did the franchise very proud.

The second thing is: I recently got THE WALKING DEAD season two. Put it on, and was floored. I couldn't believe it. Between the grain and blur and washed out colors, the image at times looked so bad it seemed the presentation had been drawn off of VHS tape. Stopped watching after twenty minutes. So here is a case where, because of the way it looks, whatever they are presenting therein, does me no good. I kept the set, so maybe I imagine I will get back to it, but I have a feeling it will be annoying me as I watch it -- I am dreading that I might have to resort to figuring out what the story is, just to entertain myself...


Oh, Ralph -- I'm presuming this is one of those blu-rays that can play either as a 3D or in 2D? -- in other words, it will prompt you to select, then play your selection -- the 3D is not on the opposite side of the disc, nor is it on a secondary blu-ray?
Edited by Emaych - 12/28/12 at 8:27am
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Oh, Ralph -- I'm presuming this is one of those blu-rays that can play either as a 3D or in 2D? -- in other words, it will prompt you to select, then play your selection -- the 3D is not on the opposite side of the disc, nor is it on a secondary blu-ray?

Greetings,

That's correct, you get the option once the disc loads.


Regards,
post #27 of 46
I just finished a 12 straight graveyard shift work time. Now I have a few days off and I am going to pick up this movie. I just bought a new 3D passive LED so I'm excited about 3D movies even more than I was before. Thanks for the review Ralph, nice to hear the 3D is good. But considering the previous movie, I shouldn't be surprised.
post #28 of 46
This is by far the worst entry to franchise. It's an embarrassment really even for widescreen Anderson. This is also the most video game looking too, even more so then the first one There is nothing here to recommend as previous installments at least had some, mostly because you have already seen it in the previous episodes. There was a little Aliens homage thrown in there as well, which show's just how much steam left in this franchise.
Blind buy? I wouldn't even blind rent if I could. Demand a free copy from the studios for your non refundable time to watch this.
post #29 of 46
Well, opinions differ. I would rank this as close to the top, if not the absolute best. I think you have to give props to the first just because it propelled all of what was to come, and was a delightful surprise at the time, and did feature the younger Jovovich, etc. But when it comes to drinking in the glory of home theater, this is your reference must-have.

Incidentally, decided upon inspiration from this one to watch the third one again. IMMENSELY and/or VASTLY enjoyed RETRIBUTION WAY more -- like they took a stall-out diversion with the last three efforts, then finally got serious for the penultimate installment -- perhaps seeing the legacy in sight triggered making it just as sweet as could be...
post #30 of 46
This movie is visual eye candy only. Attractive women with guns and various high tech gadgets. It's visually stunning and the sound track is extremely good as well.

Beyond that, forget about it. That dialogue is mostly just a series of grunts. The villains are boring, unintelligent, and most of them are wearing masks. And yeah, once you see the exact same masked character getting shot 500 times it starts to get a little repetitive. I also tire of automatic weapons that can spray an unlimited number of bullets without ever needing to be reloaded. According to this movie, World War 2 could have been fought entirely with just one spare magazine in a soldier's boot.

For visual appeal, action, sound track and sound effects, I would give it 9 / 10. For everything else that makes a film desirable, like plot, characters, storytelling, realism, meaning, I would give it 1 / 10. The only things that were 3 dimensional in this movie were the cameras filming it.
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