review by Jon Waterman
Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez go around with a bunch of guys fighting zombies
in this adaptation of the popular video game. Theres some stuff
in there about viruses and a computer controlling this underground lab, too,
but who cares. Zombies abound!
I have not played the video game, but Ive watched some people play
what Ive seen, the movie was relatively faithful to the game. There
was a lot more mansion stuff in the game and fewer people around to help you
kill all the living dead. I think I can get several people to agree with
me when I say that this is one of the best video game movies to come out. I
mean, yes, there was "Super Mario Brothers," but there was also the sarcasm I
just now. Video games just dont seem to translate well. I think
they stop caring about what game fans would like to see and put the character
in a new situation and hope a franchise pops out. Tomb Raider? One
of the worst movies ever, period.
So, how good is the movie? Not very. Despite my apparent raves, I
still wasnt too incredibly impressed. I just kept thinking Night
of the Living Dead without a message. It was a pretty typical
horror/action movie. You have the false scares at the beginning, then you
have the somewhat real scares, then you have tons of gore, then you have the
potential for a sequel. Standard cookie-cutter issue.
I wonder what the movie would have been like had George Romero (director of Night
of the Living Dead) stayed on to direct. He didnt do it because
of arguments over the script. Instead, we get Paul W. S. Anderson, who
wrote and directed the film. Hes showing improvement and hes
picking better scripts (he directed Soldier and another video game
movie, Mortal Kombat).
Speaking of the music
it was rokken, so to speak. It was
also very annoying and obtrusive and overpowering. I think they were relying
too much on the music when they should have relied on all the gunfire and human
flesh eating sound effects.
Despite all this, I was still entertained. The movie kept my interest all
the way through. The ending kind of dragged, but it was still fun to watch,
because video game people know whats to come. Seriously, how much
can I expect out of this movie to begin with? Sure it would be nice if
the dialogue had more weight. It would be nice to see some award-worthy
performances. But hey, I got to see zombies.