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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Milla Jovovich
Michelle Rodriguez
Eric Mabius
James Purefoy.
Directors
Paul WS Anderson.
Screenwriters
Paul WS Anderson.
Running Time
100 minutes

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Resident Evil


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Plot
When a virus turns all the workers in a corporation’s HQ into ravenous zombies, a team of commandos must stop it spreading. But they didn’t expect a homicidal super-computer or a strange amnesiac woman, Alice.


Review
Tomb Raider’s box office aside, computer game movies have had it tough. Double Dragon? Dross. Street Fighter? Dreck. Super Mario Bros.? Drossy dreck. Still, when Paul Anderson, a man equally adept at horror and videogames, signed on to direct Capcom’s zombie-fest classic, Resident Evil, a slam-dunk seemed assured. Emphasis on “seemed”.


On the surface this is Resident Evil: The Game writ large, complete with a hoary race-against-time plot, puzzles that wouldn’t tax the average two year-old, atrocious dialogue, Gameboy-level CG, creatures galore (hail the zombie dogs!) and extravagantly bad acting. Trouble is, it’s not a terribly good movie, with incoherent plotting and action scenes, and not one iota of the game’s spooky atmosphere (nor plot).


It also, predictably, suffers from the lack of interactivity. There’s nothing as frustrating as watching characters who’ve obviously never seen a zombie movie waste bullets by shooting the mothers in the chest, when you know to aim for the cranium.


If the zombies were up to scratch, much could be forgiven. However, a few feeble homages to George A. Romero aside, Anderson is clearly unwilling to follow in the guru’s bloody footsteps, relying on suggestion, not schlock.


Not only is the result less gory than its progenitor, but the zombies here resemble something Tom Savini could knock up in a lunch break.


It’s no surprise when Anderson resorts to desperate measures to snag the teenage boys who are Resident Evil’s lifeblood. Suffice it to say, this involves Jovovich’s effective heroine, very little clothing, even less dignity, and a beaver shot gratuitous enough to make Sharon Stone blush. Now you don’t see that in the games.


Verdict
Game fans will be disappointed. Zombie fans will be disappointed. Paul Anderson’s fan will be disappointed. If you want scary, boot up your games console.


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RE: Resident Evil Review

Resident Evil (2002) There was much trepidation when this came to bloom way back in 02, an adaptation of the highly popular zombie horror videogame franchise? hmmm. Anderson's first foray into the adaptation world after some reasonable films like 'Soldier' and 'Event Horizon', his CV didn't look too shabby but previous attempts at this sort of genre proved dismal. Amazingly enough this first offering in what is now an overly ridiculous 'Matrix' 'Blade' 'Underworld' monster mash mess i... More

Posted by Phubbs at 17:01, 26 November 2012 | Report This Post


Resident Evil Review

Like other video game adapations, Resident Evil is loud, violent, formulaic, and cheesy. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 17:21, 26 January 2012 | Report This Post


I love the Resident Evil movie franchise,i dont understand why it gets so much hate and why Paul gets all the hate.Me and my fiance love Resident Evil,both the films and games. ... More

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Posted by AlexObscene at 13:33, 26 September 2011 | Report This Post


So, the critic says...

That Anderson relies on suggestion rather than shock and will not follow in Romero's footsteps. And it gets 2 stars. Yet any other review would commend a film that ISN'T full of shocks and which relies on and properly uses suggestion. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. And honestly, people need to start giving Anderson a harder time for the same fucking ending he has been using for 15 years, outside of Soldier and Death Race. You know, the sequel begger one. ... More

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Posted by darkraven28 at 23:00, 23 April 2010 | Report This Post


Resident evil kind of?

The film has a great ending, and the beaver shot is nice, aside from that this film sucks ass juice. it's an embarresment to gamers who loved the creepiness of the games (you will be dissapointed). its an insult to romeros creatures (zombies are crap in this cackfest) There is no blood, no plot, no point. a wasted opportunity to do something brilliant with the best survival horror game franchise. Paul W.S. anderson should be ashamed for writing such a shitfest. ... More

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Posted by Horrorguru at 15:30, 19 July 2008 | Report This Post


Enjoyable

I liked this film. It had a good game to film transformation. although the effects are very old fashioned, the storyline was full of thrills which dragged the quality of the film up. ... More

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Posted by lewey T at 11:32, 27 March 2008 | Report This Post


RE

Bad dialouge have you seen Serenity, Bad acting have you seen Battlefeild earth, also whats wrong with a movie that is'nt too gory your a critic not QT, plus it was a low budget movie, and as for Milla Jovovich in the red dress, its a homage to Ada from one of the games, and some of the best movies made have'nt had plots either. ... More

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Posted by dgribble at 18:56, 20 February 2008 | Report This Post


Good ride, but not great. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 15:21, 19 January 2008 | Report This Post


RESIDENT IDIOT

im a huge fan of capcoms RESIDENT EVIL games franchise. so it was with high hopes i read that GEORGE A ROMERO was going to direct the movie version of the game. that was 1998. Nothing happened. Finally RESIDENT EVIL was in the theaters and it was with much disgust i found that it was directed by schlock master PAUL W S ANDERSON and the film bore little resembalance to the game series it was based on. Bloodless spineless PG13 pap for none game fans. what a let down. to compound my misery i got ... More

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Posted by Horrorguru at 23:23, 11 January 2008 | Report This Post


whaatt

ok 2 stars? no seriously that is sooo underrated. i thought it was reaaly good. The action, the suspense,the gore,the storyline... i haven't played the game yet but i don't think would be overrly dissapointed. Loved it! ... More

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Posted by mozzy_gal at 16:34, 09 November 2007 | Report This Post


resident evil

the film has its moments and i do actually think empire is wrong to give it 2 stars ... More

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Posted by netapp14 at 15:16, 28 January 2007 | Report This Post


resident evil

the film has its moments and i do actually think empire is wrong to give it 2 stars ... More

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Posted by netapp14 at 15:16, 28 January 2007 | Report This Post


Resident Evil

90mins of brainless fun. ... More

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Posted by burgessappleton at 07:08, 18 May 2006 | Report This Post


RE: IfritXVII

Hahahahahahahahahahaha! B-b-b-better than the original Dawn of the Dead?! HahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!! P-p-priceless! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA! I suppose Tomb Raider is better than Raiders of the Lost Ark? Hehehehehehe..... ... More

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Posted by dunner05 at 15:18, 16 May 2006 | Report This Post


Shit, Avoid at all costs. ... More

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Posted by Naweed_1 at 15:23, 14 March 2006 | Report This Post


It was too good to be true

The sheer thought of a faithful movie adaptation of the classic 1996 survival horror video game is just awesome, too awesome? Apparently so. What we get is something that couldn't be any more different. It's good, but should be better. Instead of a slow burning, tense, mansion based, zombie epic we are given some kind of futuristic, comic book which concentrates only on 'babes with guns' and special effects. It could have been more, but that's not saying it's entirely a bad thing. In some ways ... More

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Posted by coolrex16 at 01:11, 08 March 2006 | Report This Post


huh?

such an underrated movie. the suspense is wonderful. the action is great. one hell of a storyline. why do people think this is so bad when it blatantly isnt. it didn't deserve 2 stars anyway.... ... More

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Posted by luvinfilms at 13:06, 05 February 2006 | Report This Post


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