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Resident Evil
Review written on: September 17th, 2007

Resident Evil Review

I had no idea what this movie was about. I had never played the video game. I don’t remember seeing trailers back when it came out. But the trailers for the upcoming Resident Evil: Extinction look so good that I had to check out this and the second one before the new one comes out. I wish someone had told me it was about zombies…I would have watched it years ago. The movie was awesome. It had a great jolting start, and then was draggy for a bit, but picked up again halfway through. Once the “dead” girl underwater opens her eyes, you know the action’s starting up.

The basic story, for those unfamiliar with the game, is that there’s a big brother-ish company in charge of everything. They had developed a virus and someone unleashed it, turning people into zombies. Our star is Milla Jovovich, who is totally badass. Check out the IMDb trivia for the movie if you don’t believe me. I had heard (sadly, from my fiance) how hot Milla was, but had never seen her before watching this movie. She’s absolutely gorgeous. And not in a fake, supermodel-y way – she actually looks like a real person. She and a band of commando, army-type people enter the complex where the virus was released. We learn that the complex, called The Hive, is maintained by a computer program called the Red Queen, and has the voice and holographic image of a young British girl. A creepy young British girl. Shortly after, some people get cut into bits by lasers. There’s the beginning of the awesomeness.

The characters realize that the virus had been unleashed, and that everyone inside the complex is dead…or are they? No, actually, they’re not. They’re flesh-eating zombies. Including the dogs – scary doberman pinschers who try to eat Milla Jovovich’s face before she remembers that she’s a badass and kicks them in the head.

I don’t know what else to tell you about this movie other than there’s plenty of gory zombie goodness. If you like zombie movies, this is one to check out. If you like Milla Jovovich, that’s also a good reason to pick this up. The one negative thing I have to say about the movie, other than the slight dragginess at the beginning, is that the CGI of “the monster” isn’t the best CGI I’ve seen. It was decent, but nothing up to the level of today’s technology. After all, the movie was made five years ago.

All in all, a great zombie flick. I’m looking forward to the next two – one on DVD, and the other one being released at the end of this week.

 

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