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.
This is one of the most genuinely revolutionary and anti-capitalist feminist films in the history of cinema and anyone who was fortunate enough to see it in middle school can thank miss Milla and Paul for radicalizing them so soon!!!