Still Playing Catch-Up

Wow, they're right, London does really quiet down after sixIt’s been up since Tuesday, but in case you haven’t read it yet, my latest Sympatico/MSN DVD column deals with this summer’s unnecessary sequels — specifically, “28 Weeks Later” and “Evan Almighty”.

I mean, I don’t really have anything against “28 Weeks Later”; it’s well-made and intermittently effective. But it doesn’t do anything that “28 Days Later” didn’t do, and it doesn’t develop the story or the concept any further; it just exists because the first one made money, and studios never turn down a hot property.

“Evan Almighty”, though … that one’s just awful. I suspect it might have worked a little better if they’d convinced Jim Carrey to come back, since the script was so obviously written for him … but then again, a movie this terrible can’t always be saved by any one person.

Oh, and speaking of catching up to stuff: You know those new Blu-ray titles from Fox? The ones with the super-sophisticated DRM and nifty new BD-Java interactivity?

… yeah, here’s the thing. It turns out they’re so cutting-edge that none of the existing players can handle them without a major firmware update.