Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie: Living in Bruce Wayne's Basement

The LEGO Movie (2014)

After successfully saving their kind from the evil President Business in The LEGO Movie 3 years ago, the producers thought it would be a good idea to make another movie to tell the hero's tale, of how he's not just an ordinary guy but an orphaned minifig, growing up alone with no mentor. Enter the LEGO Batman Movie.

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

Some say Batman's a vain and selfish vigilante who longs nothing more than his vanity. And the fact that Bruce Wayne lives in his attic gives him extra flare and bragging rights and ego. Check out the trailer below: 

However, with the addition of his adopted son (while drunk at a gala), Dick Grayson, Batman has to deal not only with crime & the Joker, but an overly enthusiastic, excited and loud sidekick who looks up to Batman as his dad and care giver. Talk about saving the world AND yourself from going BAT-$#!+ crazy!

Meet the "cast" of this new LEGO movie:

And Batman's arch-nemesis... NOT! (see trailer)

To understand more about the upcoming movie blasting into local cinemas this Thursday 9 February, watch the Behind-The-Bricks featurette narrated by Batman himself:

The Outpost Movie Recon Team (M.R.T) has found many goodies worth checking out if you're a fan of both LEGO & Batman (Duh!). First check out the official LEGO toys:

LEGO seems to have gone all-out releasing at least 13 building sets for this movie! Batman himself gets a playset of the Batcave (70909, RRP RM529.90) and a new Batmobile (70905, RRP RM299.90) plus what looks like a new flying machine called the Bat-Scuttler which looks like a mecha bat (70908, RRP 399.90).

Will this Batmobile be the next fan favourite?
Each of his villains like Joker, Penguin, Clayface, etc. receive their own building sets, usually based on a vehicle. They also come together in a massive playset of the Arkham Asylum (70912, RM799.90) available exclusively from Toys R Us in Malaysia.

Special launch event at Toys R Us for this exclusive LEGO Batman set.

Arkham Asylum (70912) contains lots of cute mini-figs.
Huge LEGO display of the Batman sets during the Toys R Us launch event.

The Bat-Scuttler (70908) looks pretty mean!
Penguin's ride is pretty classy: the Artic Roller (70911, RM179.90)
LEGO Batman also offers a series of blind-pack mini-figs with 20 variants of the cute characters to collect. However they are priced quite significantly higher at RM19.90 per pack compared to RM12.90 for the regular series. Happy "tikam"!

LEGO Batman 

"Tikam" away! Gotta catch 'em all!

Check online for more details and prices at the official LEGO Stores or Toys R Us Malaysia.

Whilst the Outpost M.R.T. does not endorse any particular retailer, if you are going to buy these toys anyway then consider doing so at the official LEGO Batman Movie Event now on at Mid Valley Megamall, East Atrium.

Buying directly at this event will entitle to a number of LEGO freebies depending on the amount spent. Firstly any purchase of of a LEGO Batman set will receive a sorta black flying vehicle inspired by the Dark Knight. We kinda think it looks like a MyVi with wings! However an assembly guide is not included with the bricks as purchasers seem to be encouraged to build them on-the-spot referring to laminated instructions (not to be removed).

This mini-build LEGO some free with any LEGO Batman set purchase.

Purchases over RM150 then receive an exclusive polybag (30523) of The Joker Battle Training. In addition, purchases over RM200 of any LEGO product receives a Limited Edition Year of the Rooster building set (40234). Considering the price of LEGO nowadays, it doesn't take more than 1 or 2 sets to exceed the threshold to receive all 3 of these goodies FREE! Toys R Us members will also collect points for their purchases.

Rooster, a potential new "bird" sidekick for Batman?

For those serious LEGO collectors, different giveaways seem to be offered by other retailers, such as this Phantom Zone polybag (30522) from Box of Bricks:

Anyway if LEGO is too pricey for the wallet, try winning some instead from these online contests by our local cinemas. Firstly GSC Cinemas has a fairly straightforward contest for their online members offering polybagged mini-figs, kids tshirts and more:

There will also be a "pop-up" store at GSC Pavilion KL this weekend from 9 February near the cinema.

Both MMcineplexes and Premium-X Cinema is offering similar merchandise up for grabs on their respective social media channels:

Over at MBO Cinemas, they are offering a LEGO Batman edition card for their All-Star membership (free). They are also encouraging cosplay of LEGO Batman movie characters and giving away building sets for submissions posted to Instagram. Good luck with that since we have hardly seen any LEGO cosplay locally!

Coming back to that official LEGO Batman Movie Event at Mid Valley Megamall, our on-ground recon has identified more activities for fans and families. Catch LEGO Batman & Robin live at any of the 5 schedule appearance sessions daily.

Dab! #CloseEnough

LEGO Batman & Robin with excited fans

Here's what else to see at the event located at the East Atrium just outside Aeon and Uniqlo and below Toys R Us.

Mid Valley Megamall, East Atrium, ground floor from 6-12 February 2017.

Special play area for kids (and adults?)

This Batman is up for selfies.

Bat's alternative attire.

Mini-stage screening movie trailer and clips.
The movie building sets are displayed to woo kids to empty their parents' wallets, or "poison" adults fans of LEGO. Courtesy of LOM LEGO User Group Malaysia, these sets have been setup as a fantastic action diorama with the respective movie vehicles and mini-figs arranged in action.

The Master Builders has even stretched their creativity to assembling 25 custom-build mini-dioramas depicting all forms of LEGO Batman inspired setups. Here's a only a sampling of the LEGO builds and do go see for yourselves the rest. Some are really LOL scenes!

25 LEGO Batman inspired mini-dioramas by members of LOM LUG Malaysia.

Robin, Batman and Joker playing arcade machine games.

The Penguin has Batman on ice.

Joker Coffee anyone?
For the photogenic, a free photo booth is available for instant pics with the LEGO Batman movie backdrop. But if you're more of a closet fan, like Batman with leaving his home, here's something for you too!

Free pics here.

Actual loot from the event including free photos.
#LEGOBatmanMovieMY #BuildSomethingBatmanMY
Find out more on what's happening here from the official event listing on Facebook.

Remember, you can always be yourself... unless you can be Batman!

LEGO Batman Movie in cinemas nationwide 9 February 2017.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Resident Evil The Final Chapter: Will Evil Finally Be A Resident?

Her name is Alice, and she's been fighting against the Umbrella Corporation all her life. It's been 10 years since the first T-Virus outbreak in the fictional Racoon City and Alice & friends look about done to wrap up this whole Umbrella fiasco & dealing with the undead (well, actually mutated humans). We revisit her journey thus far in preparations of The Final Chapter infecting our cinemas this week.

The first Resident Evil movie introduced the infamous Umbrella Corporation, who operates a secret genetic research facility codenamed The Hive deep beneath Raccoon City. Their product, the T-Virus, was accidentally released into the facility triggering The Red Queen, The Hive's Artificial Intelligence, to seal and kill everything living in the underground facility to ensure the virus does not spread to the surface. The T-Virus reanimates infected beings into undead monsters more typically termed "zombies". These living dead includes humans as well as animals!

Our heroine, Alice (Milla Jovovich), wakes up amidst the crisis with no memory of her identity. Throughout the film Alice experiences flashbacks of her memories as a former Umbrella security operative. She is conscripted into the commando task force sent into The Hive to investigate. All too soon they find themselves fighting for their lives against hordes of zombies. Among the commandos is Rain Ocampo (Michelle Rodriguez) who almost survives the mission. After the final confrontation with a nasty Licker creature, Alice is captured by Umbrella Corporation and wakes up later at an abandoned hospital in Raccoon City. End movie 1 cliffhanger...

Resident Evil (2002) Trailer:

All roads leading to and from Raccoon City has been sealed in attempt to contain the T-virus outbreak. Alice wakes from her coma in the abandoned city and soon rescues Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) from a bunch of Lickers in a church, exhibiting superhuman strength and agility gained form Umbrella's experimentation.

In exchange for rescuing the daughter of a top Umbrella Corporation scientist, Alice's team is led to an evacuation helicopter but are confronted by an uber-zombie Nemesis. In the ensuing fight, Alice discovers Nemesis is a mutated friend from her escape from The Hive. They team-up briefly against Umbrella forces before Alice escapes onboard a helicopter. Unfortunately, their flight is caught in the nuclear blast shockwave used to cleanse Raccoon City of the infection, which is later covered up as a nuclear plant explosion. The helicopter crashes with Alice apparently killed.

However Alice awakens once again later very much alive at another Umbrella facility and is introduced to Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen). She soon fights her way out and is timely rescued by Jill & Co. Isaacs lets them escape stating "Project Alice activated"...

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) Trailer:

In the 3rd Resident Evil movie Extinction, the world has been engulfed by the T-Virus and Umbrella develops Alice clones in hopes to find one that displays Alice's superhuman abilities, which now includes telekinesis. Alice roams the country hoping to find survivors and comes into contact with Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), who is leading a group of survivors across the Nevada desert. Their convoy heads for Las Vegas to gather supplies for their long journey to Arcadia in Alaska, which is thought to be a safe haven.

In Las Vegas they are ambushed by super zombies deployed by Dr. Isaacs, killing most of the convoy. During the fight, Dr. Isaacs becomes infected but escapes to an underground Umbrella facility. He begins injecting himself with large doses of anti-virus, mutating into a monstrous Tyrant and then killing Umbrella employees in the facility.

Alice tracks Isaacs to the Umbrella facility and meets the White Queen, the Red Queen's sister A.I., who informs that Alice may hold the cure for the T-virus in her blood. Alice battles the monstrous Isaacs and defeats him with the help of her clone. This chapter ends with a more hopeful note: Alice threatening the new Umbrella chairman, Albert Wesker (Jason O'Mara), amidst a potential army of her clones. Girl power!

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) Trailer:

Afterlife picks up after Exinction with Alice and her clones attacking the Umbrella Headquarters in Tokyo. Wesker escapes and destroys the facility, wiping out all the clones except for the original Alice tailing him aboard his helicopter. During the tussle, Wesker injects Alice with a serum removing her superhuman abilities. Only Alice appears to have survived the helicopter crash.

After failing to find more survivors of the Apocalypse, Alice heads towards the Arcadia. She meets up with Claire and they head to Los Angeles to seek the Arcadia, a cargo tanker. They hook up with other survivors including Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller). Escaping a massive horde of zombies, Alice and the Redfields make it to Arcadia and discover it's an Umbrella ruse to capture human survivors for experimentation.

They also discover Wesker very much alive (no surprise really!) thanks to a mutation of the T-virus which grants him superhuman abilities. A battle royale ensues with Wesker escaping abroad an aircraft. The trio intent to convert Arcadia into a true haven for survivors but is shortly assaulted by a fleet of Umbrella gunships, seemingly led by Jill Valentine. Plot twist!

Released in 2010, Afterlife was marketed as a showcase of 3D cinema experience.

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) Trailer:

Following immediately to the cliffhanger of Afterlife, Retribution kicks off with the gunships invasion of Arcadia (in glorious 3D) where Alice is once again captured by Umbrella.

Alice wakes up later in yet another underground Umbrella facility interrogated by Jill Valentine. She soon escapes her cell during a power failure and encounters Ada Wong (Li Bing Bing) who works for Wesker. The Red Queen has taken control of Umbrella and making human clones for simulating virus outbreaks in replica cities from around the world. Alice and Ada then make their way through the various cityscapes battling Umbrella forces and zombies hordes whilst picking up stragglers like a clone of Rain Ocampa, and Alice's simulated daughter, Becky. Meanwhile a rescue team with Leon Kennedy (Johann Urb) met their way down to rendezvous with Alice and subsequently destroy the Umbrella facility.

The final battles takes place on the icy surface between Alice and mind-controlled Jill, as well as an evil Rain clone. The good guys survive, with some casualties, and are taken to Wesker's headquarters in the former White House, Washington D.C.. It's apparently humanity's last stand as the Red Queen sends hordes of T-virus abominations to wipe them out. What a cliffhanger!

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) Trailer:

Alright so if you didn't quite get all that because reading ain't your cup to tea, then listen to Milla herself recount all 5 movies:

#ResidentEvilMovie 101. A crash course before you watch The Final Chapter TOMORROW. In cinemas nationwide 19 Jan.
Posted by Sony Pictures on Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The final Resident Evil movie (despite 5 years apart!) picks up immediately after Retribution where Alice is apparently the only survivor of the battle at Washington (sorry Jill, Leon & Becky). At this time there are only 4,472 uninfected humans left on the planet and on the very verge of extinction as Umbrella forces assemble for a final strike to wipe out everyone left around the world. Alice must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, to seek a cure / anti-virus. Helping once again is Claire plus a few new allies to put Wesker to rest once and for all.

Seriously, we know they will prevail. It's just how and who makes it to the end this chapter.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Trailer:

Alice teams-up again with Claire and some new friends.

Sony Pictures released a special video below to promoting The Final Chapter. Titled "The Killing Floor" it provides viewers a 360-degree VR experience filled with gore and zombies. Mobile VR headset required!

Here are some exclusive photos from the Biohazard / Resident Evil exhibits at Tokyo Comic Con in December 2016:

Alice's new rags.

Costumes for other characters in the movie.

Zombie slaying weapons.

Alice has a new ride, courtesy of Umbrella Corporation and BMW.

Promo for the Biohazard video game.

For fanboys and fangirls of the Resident Evil saga, the Outpost Movie Recon Team (M.R.T.) has tracked down the following promos for you to bring home a slice of the viral franchise.

MMcineplexes has a straightforward giveaway contest on their Facebook by just liking this post and answering a question. Join before 22 January to stand a chance to win some Umbrealla merchandise, including a real payung!

KLIPS has a bunch of movie premiums to giveaway as well. 

Over at GSC 1 Utama, a Resident Evil roadshow is taking place offering their customers to experience the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard video game on Sony Playstation VR. The fastest participants to complete the demo stand a chance to win movie premiums and Sony products, including a Playstation 4!

Video game enthusiasts may wish to note that this Resident Evil 7 video game releases next week and is completely not related to the movie franchise.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter opens in cinemas nationwide 19 January 2017.

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Happy Lunar New Year!

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