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Resident Evil

by

Jeff Nelson

Resident Evil is an action thriller well worth watching...

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When video game adaptations are created, many of the fans are upset for not following the story or characters correctly. However, Resident Evil goes off track and completely makes its own plot, with only very few elements from the actual game.

When a virus leaks from a top-secret facility, turning all resident researchers into zombies, the government sends in a military task force to contain the outbreak. Alice and Rain are charged with leading the mission, but only have three hours before the pathogen becomes airborne and infects the world. The plot itself has bits and pieces from the video game, but is mostly a stand alone film. Most of the dialogue is written poorly, with some terrible one liners. From the standpoint of the screenplay as a whole, it's not that bad.

The two bigger names of the film are Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. These two women play badasses who many feminists will cheer and scream for. Jovovich performs well and couldn't have been cast better. Rodriguez is in her usual role and continues to do a decent job, with an exception of a few tacky scenes. Most of the cast can hold their own, but dull dialogue really doesn't give the actors a fair chance.

A majority of the make up used on the zombies is dreadful. Some of the blood looks nearly fake. Nonetheless, the action sequences are shot with perfection. Slowing and speeding the image works like a charm and brings some entertainment out of Milla Jovovich fighting zombies. The visuals hit and miss throughout.

Not all movies are going to please all audiences. Resident Evil keeps that in mind and is just a fun flick. Although, it's nice to see a quality video game adaptation hit the screen, since that is something that has been hard to accomplish. Resident Evil is an action thriller well worth watching, but not everyone will love it, but it's an interesting take on the video games.

My Rating = Three Stars

Next movie: Resident Evil: Apocalypse
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