Without Christophe Gans' timing, patience and committed vision, we're left with a messy cash-grab made worse by awful expository dialogue and stale performances. Adelaide Clemens is a standout, however -- she does quite well considering what's available to her, and makes a good Heather. If you're a rabid fanboy like I am, you may have some dumb fun. Otherwise, stay away.
I loved the first movie, and the games. But this is just horrible. Some fairly alright art production and sound doesn't save it from being a total disaster, as the directing is the worst that I have seriously seen in decades, acting stiff as a corpse, and the script is beyond explanation. Just a horror-ride of gimmicks and shite in general, How the hell did it pass through and got a release in the first place?!
I expected a lot after enjoying the first film a few years ago but oh my god what an absolute crap-fest. When will people realise that Sean Bean can't do accents apart from various British ones? it makes every scene with him in it so clunky and awkward. The film was rushed, no sense of drama, suspense or any kind of horror. Hugely disappointing.
I have no idea what to rate this. The audacity of everyone involved in this, as well as the director's complete and utter disregard for any and all things having to do with this franchise (especially the installment adapted for this movie) makes me want to give this five stars... or just one. Who knows. (It's times like this where I yearn for this site's old format of being able to comment on s/t without rating it!)
Oh no, no, no... Bad on so many levels. Direction, script (everything from dialogue, character development, structure, etc), this has all the contrivances in place to be used as a masterclass in what a naff film should be like. The only redeeming feature are the video-game quality visuals (how apt)but they alone cannot sustain a feature film format!