Like Event Horizon, I struggle to say Resident Evil is a good movie, yet it also points to certain aspects of his direction that will be expanded in his next films: the constant surveillance, the deadly obstacle course, the info dumps, the fake exteriors. Really, the true reason why Anderson was so interested in the first Resident Evil in the first place is that it's a mansion built on top of a research lab.
At least it is an accessible videogame adaptation with those typical cliches like clock ticking down to 0, death traps, codes, key-cards, traitors, monsters, zombies and an annoying all-knowing computer. Milla Jovovich is also so pleasant on the eyes and carries half the movie alone in a role where she deliver stunt work worthy of a professional. Too studio bound and ambitious for it's own good, but not bad.
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.
Beware, you are entering the land of cliches. Ifyou are here for a laugh, then please continue, you will find plenty, but if you are here for a proper movie... now is the time to turn back. There is nothing for you here, except wasted time and honestly... just watch Alien one more time. You'll thank me later.
Was this shot for TV? The acting is godawful, the editing is scattershot and borderline incoherent, the plot is stupid as hell, and the anti-corporate narrative is awfully precious coming from a studio film. Proclaiming Paul WS Anderson as the paragon of vulgar auteurism feels like pure onanism when he's making shit like this.
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!!!