Saturday, January 21, 2012
It's never a good sign for a movie when there aren't any advance screenings for the press. That generally means the studios don't think the critics are going to like it (i.e. it isn't very good) and they want to get a big opening weekend before negative reviews hit the internet. So I just paid to see it since I am a fan of the series, but sure enough it wasn't worth it. Not even close.
Kate Beckinsale is back, after being absent from the third installment, and although Beckinsale is always nice to look at, there really aren't any other redeeming qualities here. The first three in the series are much better than this fourth. I particularly liked the third one, a prequel featuring Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, and Rhona Mitra. That one added a lot of insight to the backstory. This one adds virtually nothing except for painfully long and dull action sequences. And the 3D is pointless, only serving to milk the audience for $3 more. Skip it.