Quick Movie Reviews: The Resident Evil films

With the new Resident Evil film, Afterlife, hitting theatres in my home country this Friday I think it’s appropriate to take a look at the three first films in quick review-form. Paul W.S. Anderson has been my favorite video-game movie director since Mortal Kombat (1995) and I applaud his devotion to the RE saga though it would be nice if he’d actually direct some other VG films as well (and other movies in general, Death Race was awesome).

Resident Evil (2002)

+ Stylish visual look: cold, sterile and creepy

+ Memorable scenes: laser corridor, first and best Dobermann scene in the series, zombies in the sewers, the battle on the train etc.

+ Really nice effects on the Licker, looked really crisp.

+ Creepy Red Queen Computer

+ The absolutely brilliant soundtrack by Marilyn Manson and Marco Beltrami

+ The Ending!!

– Those silly fake scares

– Not enough dialogue and the exposition is a little heavy whenever the movie stops to explain something.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse

+ Mike Epps as L.J. – provides much-needed comic relief.

+ The Church Scenes

+ The Nemesis!!

+ The DVD extras (the awesome trailers, blooper reels and Milla Jovovich’s hilarious commentary)

~ Soundtrack was a lot more traditional and not nearly as memorable as the other films.

– Not that impressive story-wise

– A few slightly sloppy scenes (the crooked finger)

– The ending wasn’t perhaps as cool as it was meant to be.

– Is this movie blue or what?

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Resident Evil: Extinction

+ The Opening!

+ The soundtrack returns to a sound more akin to the first movie.

+ Likeable supporting cast

+ Memorable scenes: gas station, the crows, Alice’s pyromancy, super zombies

+ The Tyrant!!

~ I really wish this film series would reach some sort of conclusion. I was kinda disappointed when I went to the theater and realized that this one also had an open ending.

+/– The crazy hill-billy scene, but the dogs were awesome.

– Almost all of my favorite supporting characters die. =(

– What is up with everybody wanting smokes?

– They shut Alice’s brain down – somehow wasn’t that convincing a dramatic device.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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