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Resident Evil (2002 Special Edition)

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A 2002 movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

Marilyn Manson worked on the soundtrack, so it's no surprise thatResident Evilis best enjoyed by headbangers, goth guys, and PlayStation junkies. Like the interactive game it's based on, this horror hybrid pits a small band of SWAT-like commandos … see full wiki

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
1 review about Resident Evil (2002 Special Edition)

The idea was good... consistency would have been better.

  • Oct 30, 2004
The first 30 or so minutes of "Resident Evil" is everything you could really hope for in a horror movie: a clever, tightly-plotted, interesting story that keeps you on your toes and makes you wince a little -- in a delightful "Oh man, I can't believe they went THERE" sort of way -- every few minutes. The movie starts out fast and never really lets you get your footing, while it delivers punch after punch in a very effective progression. If only they could have kept it up the whole way through.

However, once the walking dead come out, everything goes downhill fast. And I don't mean in a good way.

The funny thing is, it shouldn't be like this. The majority of the concept of the video games that spawned the film "Resident Evil" is fighting zombies, and the games are fun to play. One would think that the film would manage to re-create this effect easily. It's the opposite that's true, however, as everything leading up to the appearance of the zombies is the best part of the film. Once the re-animated corpses actually start lurching out onto the main stage, it just gets sort of boring.

Mind you, "Resident Evil" did benefit from some rather good stuff. Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez both add something unique to their roles. Butt-kicking women are something of a staple in video games and in action films these days, but these two make their characters into more than the stereotype, and they're fun to watch. Milla, in particular, has a truly unique quality about her which she brings to everything she plays, and its on display here too. The music played throughout the film sets the tone nicely. The little hints dropped throughout the movie for devotees of the game series (listen, for example, for a mention of "Project Nemesis") add a bit of fun to it.

But in the end, this could have been better any way you slice it. As a horror movie, it's not very scary. As an action movie, it's not that exciting. Judged against other, similar films ("28 Days Later" for example), it comes in a bit lacking. Even when compared to its source, the video game by the same name, it doesn't quite measure up.

There are those who would say that movies based on video games are destined to failure, but I disagree. "Resident Evil" has the potential to make for a great film, even a great series of films. If you only look at the first 30 or so minutes of this movie, you can see where that potential lies. The fact that you can stop the movie once the first zombies stumble out of the shadows and not miss much of anything tells you where that potential fell short.

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July 20, 2011
I love Milla....which is why I own the entire series :)
July 20, 2011
Oh same here - I'll watch just about anything she's in. I suspect she's the biggest reason I keep watching the Resident Evil movie series, even though the first two were disappointing. The third movie was great! The fourth wasn't so bad either...
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