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An ultra-gory video game-to-movie disappointment.
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Fresh: A fresh hybrid of zombie horror, high-tech sci-fi and butt-kicking thrill ride.
- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 15, 2002
Rotten: Such a bad movie that its luckiest viewers will be seated next to one of those ignorant pinheads who talk throughout the show.
- Charles Savage, Miami Herald, Friday, March 15, 2002
- aquateen2, Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Based on a video game of the same name, the "Resident Evil" films have become part of the cultural zeitgeist. While I find Paul W.S. Anderson films to be exploitative, gross, and so very lame, I get the allure, I do, but his films always leave a taste in my mouth, reminiscent of an egg binge. This film is a little more forgivable, because of its source material, using a woman as the protagonist and hero, and its huge impact on video game adaptations. Still, it looks so cheap and dark, which makes it more like a bit video game from the early nineties. The zombies were well constructed, and the zombie dogs were really gross and cool, which reminded me of great exploitation films of the seventies. Still, it just wasn't all that different from other action films, and it looked cheesy. The characters were indistinguishable, the premise was poorly executed, the Red Queen was not all that frightening, and Milla Jovovich is a blank slate, in the worst way. Just a badly executed, dark, kind of film.
- FrizzDrop, Friday, March 28, 2014