Jan292019
‘Paradise Hills’ Review: The Dumbest Dystopia

If Paradise Hills put half the effort into its story that it does into costumes and production design, it would be a decent sci-fi film. Instead, Alice Waddington’s movie is content to crib from The Prisoner, The Stepford Wives, and The Hunger Games without bothering to understand or engage with the subtext of those stories. Paradise Hills wants to create a disturbing dystopia, but without any sense of danger or fear. Instead, it relies on weak twists that range from dull to laughably nonsensical.

At some point in the future or in an alternate reality (it’s never clear which), Uma (Emma Roberts) wakes up in a treatment facility on an island that looks like Disneyland by way of Jony Ive. She’s told by Duchess (Milla Jovovich), who runs the facility, that she’s supposed to be there for two months after rejecting a marriage proposal from the despicable Son (Arnaud Valois). Although Uma is weary of attempts to brainwash her, she reluctantly gives the treatment a shot while befriending fellow patients Chloe (Danielle Macdonald), Yu (Awkwafina), and Amarna (Eiza González), although Uma is the only one on the island who isn’t there voluntarily. As her “treatment” continues, Uma learns that the sinister facility isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

For most of its runtime, Paradise Hills looks like it will be a story about what society demands of young women and how social and economic factors (the film’s society is divided into “Uppers” and “Lowers”) try to get them to conform to stereotypes to appease men. Yes, that’s something incredibly similar to Stepford Wives, but it’s still a worthwhile theme. Unfortunately, the story is too tepid to ever unnerve the audience. The characters are so thinly drawn that we can’t sympathize with them, and they easily disappear into the exquisitely adorned decor and costumes. Ironically, Paradise Hills is a movie that’s absorbed with how things look than saying anything interesting.

And to be fair, the design is outstanding. This is a great movie to look at, and it’s probably as close as we’ll come to an actual Final Fantasy movie (The Spirits Within doesn’t count for anything) with its hodgepodge of ostentatious regalia and futuristic setting. And you can kind of see where it’s going with how fairy tales are a way of telling young women that they’re damsels instead of heroes. But because the subtext of the film is so limp and distant, the aesthetics appear superfluous.

As Paradise Hills lurches through its third act, it goes off the rails completely, trading twists for anything remotely coherent. What was previously dull and lethargic becomes idiotic as the script appears to lose all interest in playing fair with the audience. I would admire the boldness if it had any thematic heft, but the surprises drain the movie of what little thoughtfulness it possessed.

There’s nothing wrong with being inspired by classics of the sci-fi genre, but Paradise Hills has nothing to add to the conversation. It just sits there, pretty and uninterested in being more than a stab at ideas that others did far better. It’s not enough to simply cobble together premises; you have to do something with them. Dystopias are meant to disturb.

Dec202018
First “Hellboy” Trailer

Nov112018
Tom Hughes, Milla Jovovich Starring in Swashbuckler ‘Corto Maltese’

Tom Hughes and Mila Jovovich will star in the swashbuckling adventure movie “Corto Maltese” with French director Christophe Gans attached.

Producers see “Corto Maltese” as a potential mass-appeal franchise starter similar to the “Indiana Jones,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises. The movie is based on the stories of an adventurous sailor, created by comic book author and novelist Hugo Pratt and set at the dawn of the 20th Century. Principal photography is slated to begin in January in Europe and China.

Oct112018
New project

Milla Jovovich was shared on Instagram short official trailer of her new project “WithorWithout”.

Get ready for “WithorWithout” releasing on October 17th. This is an insane new project I did with one of my favorites bands @parcelsmusic. Check them out cause they have the coolest sound out there! Here’s the official trailer for #WithorWithout

May152018
Milla Jovovich Starring In Live-Action Monster Hunter Movie

Since at least 2016, Paul W. S. Anderson has been working on a Monster Hunter movie. The picture now has a star, Milla Jovovich.

According to Variety, Anderson recently delivered the film’s latest draft, and the Monster Hunter movie will start shooting in South Africa this September. Special effects will be handled by Mr. X, a studio that worked on the Resident Evil franchise.

Like the Resident Evil movies, which Anderson directed and Jovovich starred in, the hope is to turn the Monster Hunter flick into a movie franchise.

Apr042018
New “Future World” Trailer

The Kinoafisha USA was realized new “Future World” trailer.

Feb142018
New role in action-thriller ‘Hummingbird’

In a pre-Berlin Film Festival signing, Milla Jovovich has come on board to star in action-thriller “Hummingbird,” based on John McClain’s Black List script.

Jovovich is the third actress cast in the lead role. Zoe Saldana was cast a year ago and replaced in the fall by Olivia Munn in the role of a black-ops assassin who begins to question her skills and training when she’s placed on a questionable assignment. Jovovich will be replacing Munn. Producers said Tuesday that “Hummingbird” will be in the vein of “Lucy” and the Jason Bourne film franchise.

Production will start in the summer. China’s Fundamental Films will produce the movie alongside Broken Road Productions.

Jovovich recently wrapped production on “Hellboy” and will next be seen opposite Woody Harrelson and Tommy Lee Jones in Rob Reiner’s political drama “Shock and Awe.”

Mar232017
Resident evil: The Final Chapter screen captures

I have added screen captures of “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” in our gallery. Enjoy!

Feb152017
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter premiere in Moscow

Milla Jovovich and Paul attended to present the Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in Moscow on February 14, 2017. The gallery was updated with pictures from Photocall, Press Conference and Red Carpet. Check it:

Jan202017
“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” Premiere in Taipei & Berlin

On January 16, Milla Jovovich and husband Paul WS. Anderson attended the “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” Premiere & Press conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

On January 19, Milla Jovovich and Paul attended at the Berlin Premiere of “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” in Berlin, Germany, and we have some pictures added in our gallery.