Paul W. S. Anderson

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Paul W. S. Anderson
The British Michael Bay (though he's a much nicer guy).
Nationality: English
Gender: Male
Born: 4 March 1965
Occupation: Film director
Years active: 1990-present
Notable works: Mortal Kombat
Event Horizon
Alien vs. Predator
The Three Musketeers
Resident Evil film series

Paul William Scott Anderson (born 4 March 1965) is an English film director, screenwriter and producer who regularly works on science-fiction and video game adaptations.

Notable Work

  • Shopping (1994) - Director and Writer
  • Mortal Kombat (1995) - Director
  • Event Horizon (1997) - Director
  • Soldier (1998) - Director
  • Resident Evil (2002) - Director, Producer and Writer
  • Alien vs. Predator (2004) - Director, Writer and Producer
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) - Writer and Producer
  • DOA: Dead or Alive (2006) - Producer
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) - Writer and Producer
  • Death Race (2008) - Director, Writer and Producer
  • Pandorum (2009) - Producer
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) - Director, Writer and Producer
  • The Three Musketeers (2011) - Director and Writer
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) - Director, Writer and Producer
  • Pompeii (2014) - Director and Writer
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) - Director, Writer and Producer
  • Monster Hunter (2020) - Director, Writer and Producer

Bad Qualities

  1. Much like Michael Bay, his movies tend to focus more on special effects and action sequences than story, appealing to the lowest common denominator. In other words, his films are all style and no substance.
  2. His Resident Evil films have a very poor connection to the source material.
  3. The characters in his films are poorly written and bland, with almost no character development.
  4. His films are poorly edited.
    • Many action sequences are almost incomprehensible due to excessive fast cutting and jitter-cam.
    • He overuses slow motion and sequel-baiting.
  5. Clichéd, predictable and formulaic storylines.
  6. Most of his stories and plot points lack sense.
  7. Mediocre CGI effects in a number of his movies.

Good Qualities

  1. Unlike Michael Bay, he actually comes across as friendly, compassionate and kind-hearted in interviews and on-set, showing he's a nice person in real life.
  2. Some of his earlier works are pretty good, especially Mortal Kombat and Event Horizon.
  3. He directed the Doom 3 teaser trailer "Warnings".
  4. It's evident that he's very heartfelt about his movies.
  5. He's capable of handling criticism, unlike his wife and some other awful movie directors.




5 months ago
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For 4 on his redeeming Qualities: ...that's quite ironic since emost of his video game movies don't look that way in terms of game connection

Peter Parker

4 months ago
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I can't wait to see Monster Hunter!


3 months ago
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That didn't age well.


3 months ago
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This guy is the Uwe Boll 2.0

Xian Pu

3 months ago
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Technically he's the prototype Uwe Boll, since he started making video game movies before Boll did.


3 months ago
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Although, Anderson is MILES better than Boll.

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