After the prior film's jaunt into Ravenloft, we're back to basics, with Beckinsale poured into leather, and duel-wielding Robocop guns.
Well, kinda back to basics. Now it's set in a near future post-apocalypse, which makes this installment feel like it's encroaching on Resident Evil's turf.
The upending of the pseudo-Anne Rice setting removes much of the endless dialogue about lineage and rules, and I could understand some audience members finding that refreshing. But to me, all of that mumbo jumbo is the heart of this series, and without it you just have another generic shooter.
In no other context would this statement be applicable; The lack of Scott Speedman is a huge problem. I'm certainly not a fan (His acting…