Cinema Junk is all about the exploration of different films, good or bad. In this entry, Humor Tumor sets out on the task to begin a series of reviews to cover every video game movie released. To begin it all, he starts where it mattered the most to him....with Resident Evil. *spoilers contained*
Resident Evil was one of the first video game movies that I was aware of before it was actually ever released. Rumors, leaked stills, early trailers. It was one of the few movies I kept a pretty close eye on. I remember being super amped up for it when I got to see the trailer for the first time while at the movies with my family.
I probably wet myself...
Of course, as with most video game movies, the prelude to actually seeing the film is most often the more enjoyable part than actually seeing the final product. My feelings on the movie when it first came out were quite negative, and they remained like that for a good long while. My main gripe at the time was it differed too wildly from the games. The odd thing is, now I feel that the differences it has are some of the better qualities it has.
The truth of the matter is, it's not that bad of a film. In fact....I quite like it now.
|If you google Resident Evil movie CG, this pops up....|
The movie starts out simple enough, you're introduced to Umbrella via a brief narration telling you they are basically the Wal-Mart of pharmaceuticals; the make everything, the are evil, and they force people to work underground. Soon enough shit goes down, and everyone is trapped inside and immediately murdered. Of course that would make the movie way too short, so you are introduced to our main character. Her name is Alice, but you would never know by just watching the film. For some reason there was no attempt to give her a name, or at least make it known. No idea why. She walks around looking confused (she's good at that) and eventually gets grabbed by some guy sulking around in the background, then they get grabbed by a bunch of masked operatives who come crashing through the windows while the audience tilts their heads in confusion.
|It's almost a running gag or theme....|
|I couldn't find a picture of him kicking ass, but I found.....this|
Of course all kinds of shenanigans go on, everyone kind of just walks around completely unmolested by zombies until apparently every zombie teleports right on top of them. And this brings one of my biggest gripes with the film, which is almost every action scene never really ends. I mean the scene does end, but it's like they chop off the last part where the heroes get away. They'll be surrounded by zombies, and then *blam* they'll be in a safe place licking their wounds. It's like the Red Queen can teleport them out of danger.
And that reminds me, the Red Queen. Oh, she had good intentions, in fact the she had the bright idea of locking the infection deep underground forever. She even said this multiple times through the movie. What does she get for her trouble? She gets called homicidal.....yelled at, and eventually killed (don't worry, she comes back somehow as a super villain). Honestly, she was the hero of the story, if everyone else just listened and did what she said....there most likely would have been no issues.
Now, it seems like I'm picking on the movie a fair deal, and truth be told, I am. It does have it's moments, and occasionally there are bits where I think someone got lazy and just went onto the next bit without fully fleshing the scene out. But considering this was a movie with a very low budget, and had such a troubled history prior to being finished, it is a fairly decent film. Probably one of Paul W.S. Anderson's most watchable films, right behind Event Horizon, and a little bit ahead of Mortal Kombat (mostly because MK is so balls out terrible it will always be good). I have come to like this movie a fair bit. Mostly because it forges it's own path. Rather than set itself within the confines of already established characters the fans have come to know, Anderson set about in an alternative history kind of story. And honestly I liked the approach then, and I still like it now. Of course it all goes downhill rather fast after this.
But that is a tale for another time.