Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Resident Evil (2002)

Number Rolled: 18
Movie Name/Year: Resident Evil (2002)
Genre: Horror
Length: 100 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W. S. Anderson
Actors: Ryan McCluskey, Oscar Pearce, Indra Ove, Anna Bolt, Joseph May, Robert Tannion, Heike Makatsch, Jaymes Butler, Stephen Billington, Fiona Glascott, Milla Jovovich, Eric Mabius, Colin Salmon, Martin Crewes, Pasquale Aleardi, Michelle Rodriguez, Liz May Brice, James Purefoy, Michaela Dicker

When the T-virus is released in a secret lab known as “the Hive,” an artificial intelligence named “The Red Queen” takes over in an attempt to keep the virus from reaching the population above. This results in the death of all the occupants of the Hive. The company responsible, Umbrella, sends a team into the structure to find out what happened.

Video game movies have some of the worst reputations among fans. Is it a wonder why? Hardcore gamers tend to have a very attentive eye for detail, especially when dealing with their favorite games. So, when a movie is made targeting them, a gamer tends to want as little deviation as possible. The problem is, with a player’s free will and interpretations coming into play with the game and not in the movie, there will always be a lot more deviation than what people expect. It is for that reason that I tend to rate video game movies on their own merit, without taking into consideration their inspiration.

When taken on its own merit, Resident Evil is a fast-paced, action-packed horror movie with a great deal of substance. There are memorable lines, a good plot and several very good actors throughout. One could argue that the majority of the male actors look a bit like they were all cut from the same cloth, but that could just be coincidence. If it was done on purpose, however, it was a dumb decision to make. That particular casting choice made many of the characters seem one dimensional and replaceable.

Even with its faults taken into account, I’m still a big fan of “Resident Evil” and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4/5
Overall Opinion – 3.5/5

P.S. This movie is the first of a series based on the video game with the same name.

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