Monday, June 18, 2012

They Are Still Making "Resident Evil" Movies

This is a few days old, but I'm a little surprised it hasn't made more impact. The "Resident Evil" movies were the poster-children for bad-adaptations of video games (at least until we had "The Legend of Chun-Li" to kick around) but I've come to appreciate them as a B-movie institution unto themselves - not so much "films of the games" as they are working-holiday projects wherein director Paul W.S. Anderson photographs his unspeakably-beautiful wife in a series of increasingly-abstract scifi/martial-arts ballets with characters and monsters from the Resident Evil games as scenery.

The first film was terrible and boring - a rote "Aliens' but with zombies" riff; but the second one was terrible in a funny way and the third and fourth were actually pretty solid. If that trend continues, this series could actually turn full-good if it makes it to the teens. As is, there's some interesting-looking stuff in here...



It feels slightly-unnecessary for them to spoil what looks like it could've been a great "cold open" in the trailer, but the idea of Umbrella setting it's enemies up in a virtual(?) alternate lives instead of just killing them fits in wonderfully with their "needlessly-elaborate-plans-with-no-clear-goal" operations from the rest of the franchise (what are they trying to accomplish in the games, again?) It's a little odd that Chris and Claire Redfield aren't back in this one considering the wink-wink fanfare their first (movie-universe) meetup with Wesker was given in the last one.

Supposedly the various previously-killed characters who're back for this one are back with a twist: they're clones, and there's two of each - one good, one evil. You can't say they aren't trying in this series.

18 comments:

TheDVDGrouch said...

Wow virtual reality & evil clones yup it sure dose sound like a plan by the Umbrella Corporation.

Now If I can have evil zombie Napoleon I think me and the Resident evil series might be able to kiss & make up.

JeffBergeron said...

A little off-topic (okay, maybe more than a little) but I've never found Milla Jovovich to be that hot. She's not ugly, don't get me wrong, but she's no Anne Hathaway, Summer Glau or Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

ZigTheHunter said...

What you think the third movie is solid, its easily the worst of all of them. I felt the first was the only good one because it didn't have any of the characters from the games and was its own story, then they try to mix the games plot + characters into its own and kinda ruins itself. the third just crammed in more characters in a movie that feels 100% un-Resident Evil. And the fourth was slightly less awful, but still a re-tread of why the 2nd movie didn't work.

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Christopher Delvo said...

Well...I kinda liked the last 2, so I'll check it out. And it appears that at 1:42 and 1:51 we get a dose of Leon Kennedy. Fingers crossed for stupidly-cheesy one-liners. And proficiency with every weapon that touches his fingers.

Also, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the "Red Dress Chick" is Ada.

Bolongo said...

Not much of a limb.

Her name is flashed on screen at 0:58...

Anonymous said...

Don't expect that you guys caught the subtle hints in the trailer but Ada Wong is in this one. Please tell me that I'm not the only one who thinks that this character has outstayed her welcome? We get it, she's the white rabbit.

Please tell me that I'm not the only person who thinks that Ada Wong would have been so much more effective if she'd just died on the basement floor of that Raccoon City facility. She is one of the only non-white cast members in the RE series, though CAPCOM does attempt (ineffectually) to kill her off every game.

Joe said...

The "Resident Evil" movies were the poster-children for bad-adaptations of video games.

I didn't play much of the games, so I'll take your word on this. I was always more fascinated that the RE films were among the only video-game adaptation movies that were actually watchable as movies. (The first Mortal Kombat and Prince of Persia are the only other ones I put in this category.) They're not good, by any means, but they're on par with something like the Underworld films.

And I'm always happy to watch Michelle Rodriguez do her thing, even if they use a cheesy VR plot to bring her back.

Blue Highwind said...

I actually liked the very first Resident Evil movie. I really helped that at the time I was 12, I didn't know it was based on a video game, and that I'm a person that loves monster movies no matter how mediocre. Hey, the laser wire thing was cool, admit it. But was it a movie that deserved a bigger franchise than the Godfather? Um... no. I hated 2, and I don't think I actually saw all 3 and 4, they were pretty forgettable.

I'm waiting for Resident Evil vs. Underworld, that's a movie that needs to be made.

Aiddon said...

Dear lord Jovovich can't act.

Nuggett said...

I really could't be bothered with Resident Evil, watched the first movie, thought it was "meh". Never played any of the video games either.

It just doesn't appeal to me

Oisín O'Driscoll said...

I guess the idea with the trailer is that people seeing it in an actual cinema won't know what it is for the first few seconds, but the problem with that is that Jovovich is doing practically nothing else these days so Resident Evil will probably be many people's first thought.

Anonymous said...

As much as anybody with half a brain hates the term "Mary Sue"... anyone else get the sense that the Resident Evil film series has been turned into a masturbatory power trip for Milla Jovavich?

Cameron said...

So far, they've been more enjoyable to me than the games (RE4 being the exception).

I thought the enjoyability dipped with the third one, but spiked with the fourth.

MrSeyker said...

Sienna Guillory's Jill is back.

Oded Fehr's Carlos is back.

Michelle Rodrigez is back.

If any of these survives (I specially want to see Jill bakc and good again), I will give it a shot.

Anonymous said...

2:13-15 "Milla Jovovich - In 3D" Should really be the title of this movie.

Also, @ anon two comments up from me: Yeah, it pretty much has. Although, the series has basically always been like that.

Imthatguy said...

Yeah its bad acting, yeah the plot is stupid, yeah the plots also stupid does that mean it is unenjoyable? No

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