Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Johovich, Michelle Rodriguez and James Purefoy
Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)
If you’re a gamer, you know about Resident Evil or Biohazard if you prefer the Japanese title. One of the many games to give birth to the survival horror genre, Resident Evil had it all. Scares, intense action and a story that was so involving, players felt as though they had stumbled into a real nightmare. Sony Pictures brought audiences into that world in 2002, but managed to screw up the story along the way.
The outbreak begins in an underground lab under the Spencer Mansion in the game, but for some reason that wasn’t big enough for the movie. There’s a whole underground facility that the Umbrella Corporation owns called, The Hive. Where they work on biochemical weapons of war, which one of them is called the T-Virus, it reanimates dead cells, and you guess it, it brings the dead back to life. When it gets exposed to the workers in the offices, they get locked in and killed, in order to suppress the infection and keep it from spreading. Then a Swat team comes in and ruins everything. That pretty much covers it.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate how they played out the story. But out of all the Resident Evil films, this one is still my favorite. It kept the horror element, it was remotely scary and the cast is actually pretty damn good in this one. The visuals are crisp and fast paced, and the action is well played out, including all the hordes of zombies in every room. You’d be hard pressed to not find a moment you enjoy in this movie, even if you hate the flick.
I just wish they stuck with the story of the game. Sure, we all love Alice (Milla Johovich) but she doesn’t exist in the game world, and she’s pretty much made for being kick ass eye candy, which isn’t bad at all. In fact, Milla brings a lot of fun to the role of Alice, and she drives the film forward. But I still keep thinking about what the movie could have really been like with the right motivation behind it
A lot of folks hate this movie and everything it stands for, but compared to the rest of the flicks, I feel like this one is tolerable and I enjoy putting it on every once in awhile. If you haven’t watched it in awhile, why not marathon them close to Halloween?
6.5 zombie bites out of 10.