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Film Watch - 363. Resident Evil

Published October 27, 2013

Fast 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: **35

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