Film Watch – 363. Resident Evil

resident-evilFast Facts

Title: Resident Evil
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Year: 2002
Run time: 1 hr 40 mins

Background Info

Fresh from the adventures with World War Z, we decided we could give Resident Evil a go. I’ve seen it a couple of times, and really like it (all bar a few scenes). I’ve wanted Mr C to watch it, as he’s played the games, but his aversion to horror has put us off. The success of World War Z emboldened us to try Resident Evil on for size.

Live Blog

0:45 – I like someone narrating the introductory text. Means I don’t have to bother to read it.
8:29 – Never try to squeeze through a gap in a lift. Never, never, never.
15:19 – There’s a train under the house. It’s the opposite of a quiet bunker but still cooool.
21:03 – I need my own hive.
27:42 – I love how the trained troop can run through rooms and cover all angles and stuff. It’s like dancing only with weapons.
33:47 – Yea, I can’t watch the laser bit. Not at all.
36:53 – EMP’s save the day in the Matrix too. Way of the future!
46:34 – She’s never seen a zombie movie then, or else she’d be a bit worried about the bites.
49:00 – I don’t remember the zombie dogs just being dogs with red paint on. Lame.
56:49 – Plot device: put a timer on the action, create the pressure.
59:03 – Siri can only dream of providing information like this.
59:26 – I feel the need, “the need to feed.”
1:06:43 – She’s so ace. Didn’t take her long to assume command.
1:10:46 – She needs to stop making promises that may or may not happen.
1:14:15 – “I wouldn’t want to shoot you, might need the bullets.”
1:22:53 – All this horror and the bit Mr C flinches at is the syringes.
1:27:31 – Daniel from Ugly Betty doesn’t really seem the rugged action/adventure type.
1:29:57 – It takes seven people to bring her down. She’s brilliant.
1:33:29 – Why does Raccoon City sound like such a made up name?

Conclusions

It’s good and I still like it, but it doesn’t really live up to the memory I had of it. The dogs were just rubbish, and the effects on the Creature were really poor. I still love Milla in it, and it was nice that I couldn’t remember all of it so some was still a surprise. I think it’s a good story, has a few holes, but the narrative stands the test of time, even if the special effects don’t.

Rating: 3/5

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