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Resident Evil (2002)

  Tags: action, based on game, blood, Colin Salmon, Eric Mabius, gore, James Purefoy, Michelle Rodriguez, Milla Jovovich, Paul W. S. Anderson, resident evil, Zombie Movies

Your rating: None Average: 7.3 (22 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Paul W. S. Anderson
Runtime: 
100 minutes
Cast: 
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Colin Salmon


When I first read about this movie a long time ago I had low expectations because it was around the time they fired Romero, because they didn't like his script and then when I read the new plot I didn't really like it. After I first saw the trailer my expectations grew a little higher. It didn't look too bad, but the scene where the Alice character does that slow-motion kick to the dog always seemed too silly. Either way, I knew that when I finally watched the movie that I'd enjoy it and, sure enough, I did.

It starts off pretty quickly with someone stealing the t-virus and then unleashing it into the air vent of the lab infecting everyone inside immediately. Fast forward a little and we're introduced to a Special Forces unit whose job is to destroy the lab and the Alice character played by the very hot Milla Jovovich. There are many scenes where she's practically naked. Well anyway, the movie just gets better and better from there. There were a few plot-holes, but they were soon forgotten when I saw the zombies on screen. This is the first zombie movie I've seen at the theatres, so I was quite pleased seeing the living dead walking about on a huge ass screen rather than my 27 inch TV.

The special effects were pretty good. The atmosphere was dark and the directing was done well. I knew the director of Event Horizon would give this movie some hope, just wasn't too sure until now. The look for the zombies were Romero-like, mixed with some computer graphics here and there. It was the first time I ever saw computer graphics mixed in with the look of the zombies; was quite interesting. Still, nothing beats the old gory effects for the classic zombie films. The zombies moved pretty fast and were easily killed by snappin’ their necks or the usual shot in the head. Was good to see the movie didn't just have zombies because we get to see zombie-like dogs and the infamous licker creature made famous in the old RE games.

The super computer, better known as the Red Queen, got a little annoying over time and so did those pop-up scares that we usually see. The first couple times is nice and all, but I think they really played it out. I thought the way the film ended was perfect and was one of the better endings I've ever seen in a horror movie. Somewhat of a homage to Romero and leaves it open for the sequel. So far they are already working on the second film, with Milla's character in Raccoon City where she will encounter the Nemesis creature. Hopefully this will also mean that she will meet up with the S.T.A.R.S. members; very cool.

Good entertaining movie. A lot better than I thought it would be. This should satisfy zombie fans and fans of the video game. Check this movie out and look out for the sequel!

Posted on October 22, 2009 - 9:53pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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