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2.5
1,221 Ratings

Resident Evil

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Germany, France, 2002
Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.

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Resident Evil Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
For all its high-concept trappings, Resident Evil was remarkably close to the kind of B-picture “they just don’t make anymore,” its seamless fluidity in retrospect suggesting a near-Walshian exercise in forward momentum, abetted by well-judged reveals of background story via sudden memory flashes amidst an apocalyptic scenario taking place in an amnesiac, corporate-controlled wasteland.
March 24, 2017
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In between all of its jump scares and its modestly budgeted mayhem, there are moments of real elegance, sinister low angles and overhead shots that continually orient the viewer within the space of the Hive and the secret train tunnel leading to it. This is the kind of stuff Manny Farber—the quintessential B-movie connoisseur of American film criticism—used to call “termite art”: unpretentious filmmaking that produces something akin to art through sheer, single-minded industriousness.
December 11, 2014
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The film’s schlocky intro is the film’s minimalist highlight but it’s not long before the film is boggled down by the tiresome escape-from-the-Hive wind-down. Sans moral discourse (Romero this ain’t), Resident Evil may be brain dead but it’s great popcorn entertainment nonetheless. After all, what could possibly be wrong with Milla wearing Kylie Minogue’s clothes in a techno-zombie wonderland?
March 13, 2002
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