First entry in the long running series has some memorable moments and established Milla Jovovich as a bonafide action star after the promise of Besson's 'Fifth Element'. As far as video game adaptations go this at least had half a brain and some novelty at the time. Stunt work is strong as are visuals for the time period....that dog sequence!!!
One day the two dozen or so Anderson acolytes on Mubi will expand into the hundreds, and that is the day Criterion will release the Resident Evil films in a beautiful Eclipse set. Or at least I imagine that is how it will go down.
There's a nasty, dark, guts-splattered movie to be carved out of the increasingly - perhaps unnecessarily - labyrinthine games. This is not that movie. For a cinematic adaptation of a video game that itself owes a massive debt to classic film horror, this misses every conceivable mark from quality gore to atmosphere and so on down the list.
Resident Evil Marathon, Hour 2: What is the audience for these films? How do they make money? I have so many useless questions needing answers. Some themes come into focus: angry white boy rock music, script amnesia, and Milla in incomprehensible and/or half-naked outfits. The memory loss angle is a decent device to hold interest and keep us on the same page as our heroes. I saw better CGI on the Playstation.