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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie but Terrible DVD Edition,
This review is from: Resident Evil (Deluxe Edition) (DVD)It was really funny when this DVD came out because it is titled "Resident Evil: DELUXE EDITION" and in actuality there are more special features on the original release. The only thing one could label "Deluxe" about this edition is that it has a small about a 2 minute clip from Resident Evil 2.
So, if you are looking to buy Resident Evil, then its a fun movie. But if your looking for "deluxe special features", then this is most definately the wrong place.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad at All...,
Basically, Resident Evil is just a popcorn flick, adapted from the popular video game series of the same name.
We follow amnesiac Alice, who struggles to survive with a small group of ragtag companions in the locked-down facility of the Umbrella Corporation, where a horrible virus has broken out. Turns out the virus is turning all of the employees into zombies, and Alice and her friends have to escape the clutches of the zombie horde and a rogue super-computer before they all become dog food (because the lab animals escape too, of course). Their mission is to shut down the super-computer and get the hell out of there, pronto. Of course, things don't always go according to plan...
All in all, Resident Evil is a solid, entertaining horror-action movie that's sure to... well... entertain.
*** out of *****
1.0 out of 5 stars Total bulls**t, really dull,
Instead of making a movie based of the game "Resident Evil", I can't find one bad reason for the game "Half-Life" not to have a movie based on it. "Half-Life" really fits to be a movie. It's about the same: a secret underground lab, zombies, mutantes etc, but it's better, more interesting and the most important thing: it's a lot more famous than "Resident Evil" and there's no doubt it'll be more successful. Ever since watching "Resident Evil - The Movie" I dream about "Half-Life: The Movie".
Though I didn't like this movie, I surely hope this game is a start for new movies based on pc/playstation games.
3.0 out of 5 stars Derivative Filmmaking,
It doesn't help this film that zombie movies in general are difficult to take seriously these days, unless the zombies are tounge-in-cheek. But Resident Evil is fun and slightly scary. Just remember that this is derivative, not original, filmmaking and that you too can own this DVD for less than full price. That would be the justification for actually owning it.
4.0 out of 5 stars This Movie is Just Plain Cool!,
When Alice (Milla Jovovich) wakes up on a shower floor inside a mansion with no memory, she has little time to try and get herself together. Soon the place is infiltrated by commandos, who then take her down beneath the mansion to an underground train and into a place called the Hive, a hidden underground facility where the powerful Umbrella Corporation was conducting secret experiments.
The problem is something had gone wrong before the team got there.
And the dead are coming back to life.
Alice and the commandos dodge zombies, the Hive's super sophisticated security system--called the Red Queen--and teammates who have secrets of their own.
It would be a miracle if anyone makes it out of the Hive . . . alive.
This movie is pure suspense. Every little sound, thump and bump make you wonder when a zombie's going to pop out of nowhere and devour one of the living. Keeping things even creepier is the Hive itself. It's location: a half mile below Raccoon City. Space is limited. Time is running out. You feel the tension all the way through, right from when Alice wakes up till the blood-soaked climax.
I loved this movie. The only reason I'm knocking off half a point is because the plot is super simple (though they make you feel otherwise). However, this flick serves as an awesome back story for what's to come because there have been two sequels so far (Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction) and a fourth one to come in 2011, currently called Resident Evil: Afterlife.
This movie definitely served its purpose of setting things up for the saga to come, and wasted no time going through zombie origin stuff before getting hardcore into the action, mystery and carnage. Director/writer Paul W.S. Anderson nailed it with this film. Though--according to my Mrs--this flick was different than the game, I enjoyed it big time and have been a fan of the franchise since. Guess I owe my wife one for introducing it to me back when this film came out.
Zombie fans will love this movie and it's easy to see why Resident Evil has the following it does.
5.0 out of 5 stars Milla Jovovich -- making zombie-fighting sexy since 2002,
I have only limited experience playing the original video game. I never got very far into it, mainly because I wasn't very adept in the gameplay department and didn't spend the time necessary to significantly improve my minimal skills. All I remember is exploring the house and trying to kill the occasional zombie that popped up along the way as the music did the principal work of creating a spooky atmosphere. The movie is much more intense than that - and far more suspenseful. It's not like some clumsy scientist just happened to drop a beaker, thereby exposing the deadly T-virus all of his geeky colleagues. On the contrary, this story generates a whole host of questions in the first few moments, questions such as who released the virus and why, but also why is the room housing such a deadly virus tied in to the ventilation system of the whole complex to begin with? (I can't say I got an answer to that last one.) I actually had to go back and watch the exposure moment a second time because I thought I had missed something the first time.
Don't expect Milla's character to supply you with any early answers, as Alice wakes up in a ritzy-looking house with no memory of who she is. Even the shocking jolt of a stranger claiming to be a cop grabbing her just before a team of commandoes suddenly crash through the windows fails to jog her memory, but she doesn't question the special ops commander when he tells her she is one of two security agents stationed in the house to protect that particular entrance to The Hive, the mega-powerful Umbrella corporation's top-secret, underground facility devoted to all kinds of dangerous and illegal research into bioweapons and the like - and that her amnesia is the temporary byproduct of exposure to a nerve gas. By the time she and the suspicious cop accompany the group to the entrance to The Hive, Alice has met her equally amnesiac "husband" and learned that the Red Queen, The Hive's central AI, locked the whole facility down and killed everyone inside in an effort to try and contain the super-deadly T-virus from spreading outside the complex. Their mission is to get to the Red Queen. It sounds pretty simple, what with everybody down there being dead and all. As they soon discover, however, those 500-odd dead bodies have arisen as blood-thirsty, flesh-eating zombies, and the Red Queen isn't going to let anyone into her inner chamber without putting up a fight.
The majority of the movie, to no one's surprise, consists of the team members trying to survive the onslaught of hordes of zombies, high-tech computer defenses of last resort, etc. As all of that exciting action is taking place, however, we see Alice trying to sort through the memories coming back to her in intermittent waves. She is a much more central figure in all of this than even she knows early on, and she isn't the only team member with secrets to be revealed. That leads to some surprisingly effective plot twists that not only advanced the story in important and plausible ways; they were also presented very much in the context of earlier scenes in the movie.
It doesn't matter if you've ever played the video game or not - Resident Evil is just an exciting, action-packed horror film. I don't consider it to be the least bit scary, but it is quite atmospheric. As a horror fan, I must say I've never counted zombies among my favorite monsters - let's face it, they're basically mindless, slow-footed creatures with no erotic potential whatsoever - so I'm not just whistling Dixie when I say that Resident Evil is a great movie. Of course, a lot of the credit has to go to Milla Jovovich, the finest of one-woman killing machines.
2.0 out of 5 stars it didn't work for me(1.5/5),
4.0 out of 5 stars Milla Jovovich Kicks Serious Zombie Butt!,
How was she still standing?
(rapid machine gun fire) B---- Isn't standing now.""
"This is Going to slow us down."
Resident Evil: Based on the super popular video games of the same name.
Basic plot, OH Geeeze Meathead don't spoil it for the rest of us who might want to see it. Players of the Resident Evil series of video games will recognise many of the scenes and plot elements. I didn't becuase I haven't played the games except maybe the first or second one once or twice (whichever one starts outside the mansion). OK so without giving too much away, a deadly virus breaks out in a super secret experimental laboratory complex that is controled by a supercomputer Named "The Red Queen" that has gone out-of-control so the powers that be send in the marines so to speak (a special forces type paramilitary unit). Meanwhile the main character Alice played by Jovovich has amnesia, a side effect of nerve gas released by the Red Queen, and slowly regains her memory as events unfold. Yes there are intentional parralels to Louis Carols Alice In Wonderland. I enjoyed this movie although you do have to turn off your brain as with most other movies of this genre. An interesting bit of trivia is that Night of the Living Dead (1968) Director George A. Romero, was originally on board to write and direct, but left the project due to creative differences over the script. The sound is typical Sci-fi, Horror, suspense heavy metal type music scored by Marco Beltrami and get this Marilyn Manson. Oddly enough despite that bizarre match up the music works. As for the plot etc... The result is something like Demon Seed meets Night of The Living Dead, meets Lara Croft - Tomb Raider with a little Total Recall and Raiders of The Lost Ark thrown in. I liked one scene which according to Internet Movie Data Base was inspired by and is very similar to a scene in the Canadian movie The Cube. My entertainment dollar was well spent even with the slightly cheesy CGI effects and occasional cheap Zombie makeup mixed with just plain gory Zombie makeup. BTW they don't ever call the undead creatures Zombies, they usually refer to them as the monsters or creatures or things, wouldn't you?
The Quality is very good overall so out of 5 stars or discs or thumbs or whatever you wants. I give Resident Evil a 4 for the sound and the picture quality a 4.5
5.0 out of 5 stars My take,
I loved it because it is a good concept movie, which you don't get a whole lot these days. My favorite person was Caplan. I wish he made it to the end but you can't have everything right?
Anyway, the movie starts out in the Hive. You get a look at someone throwing a vile in the lab and running. You see three different settings going on. The Red Queen notices the broken vile and takes action. People are killed by drowning, falling in the elevator or by the halox (is the spelled right?). Then cut to Alice, who is in the shower and apparently has fainted.
The movie is perfect, simply because a movie can't be perfect. Your going to get some people saying the hated it and some people saying it was ok and some people loving it. I think it is definately worth seeing for yourself and making up your own mind.
The last scene of the movie (I won't go into detail), I think is the best scene. In one scene, Milla portrays just about every emotion there is in this one scene. Scared, confused, disoriented, terrified, amazement, wonderment, lonliness, hurt, betrayal, strength and courage.
See the movie, if only one time and draw your own opinions. Go in with an open mind and come out with your conclusion.
1.0 out of 5 stars Resident Evil from CrownReviewernowOnCIAO,
This review is from: Resident Evil (VHS Tape)Oh man, I don't even know where to start with this review.
First of, I should say, that Resident Evil is another botched attempt by a movie company (Screen Gems) to bring
another game title to the bring screen.
All movies based on game titles have sucked :Final Fantasy,
Mortal Kombat are just 2 examples. In fact, the same idiotic director who made those terrible Mortal Kombat movies directed this piece of junk!!!
Once I knew that, I knew the movie was going to suck.
Furthermore, Capcom, obviously didn't care, how the director was going to follow the game, because if they had, they would have seen that the film does horrible injustice to the game.
An evil corporation called Umbrella, has unwilligenly
Even more scary is the fact, that the Umbrella knows
Birkin is himself infected, by a more powerful virus,
That's basically the Re games. Sounds cool,doesn't it?
The Crappy, Sucky Movie version of Resident Evil
The movie starts out in the Umbrella Corporation.
Practically the only part of the game that the movie
Eventually Ms. Prospero is rescued, (technically she
Adding more confusion (and laughter) to the situation
However, that person died, along with the evidence that
Eventually these bumbling cops eventually meet a holographic
LOL. Yeah and I would have added "I've been a bad actress
Eventually the remaining cops become aware of the zombies and other monsters and try to escape from Umbrella headquarters....
Besides the terrible acting, script and story in Resident Evil, there is also a lack of creatures from the games.
The zombies , zombie dogs, and lickers are in R.E. but
Giant, poisonous spiders, killer sharks, 2 arm ferocious hunters, large killer poisonous plants and the over 6ft tall indestructible Tyrants in the game. A waste of a golden opportunity to make a good movie.
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