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Resident Evil

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the do-zombies-enjoy-mindless-fun dept.

Movies 310

Reader M. Grochmal writes with his brief review of Resident Evil, below. Yes, Resident Evil the game has been turned into Resident Evil, the movie. You have been warned.

The latest in a line of video game adaptations, Resident Evil was released over the weekend. While past conversions such as Super Mario Brothers and Street Fighter were box-office flops, Resident Evil has the chance to break the game-to-movie-flop habit. While the movie is not a straight port of the game, it can still offer a good viewing experience.

The movie takes place in Raccoon City, USA, within a secret underground research lab called The Hive. The lab's work on a cell regeneration medicine ("the T-Cell serum:) for the Umbrella Corporation has a very negative side effect: it reverts the donor into a creature with basic instinctive needs. A lab experiment causes the virus to be released in the air circulation system and, after a logic snafu from the Red Queen (The Hive's AI), this AI quarantines the lab and kills everyone who may have been exposed to the virus.

A SWAT team (not STARS, for the Resident faithful), is sent to find out what's going on. After finding Alice (Milla Jovovich), they break into the HIVE. The Red Queen's traps have fun with the troops, and one they figure things are going their way, the dead scientists of the HIVE are released. On top of that, they're all thirsty for blood.

From here, it goes into a Night of the Living Dead shoot-and-scream-a-thon. There are some genuine scares, but most of them are peppered with shouting and running. There wasn't enough time to get to know the characters before they start getting killed off. The movie tries to be like Aliens in some respects, and sometimes it works.

Plot notwithstanding, the movie still offers a good viewing. It is a shame that George Romero didn't take the project, as was the original plan. Instead, it was taken by Paul Anderson (Soldier, Event Horizon, Mortal Kombat), whose influences show with strobe lights, dark passageways, and a loud soundtrack. Go and see it during the matinee, or wait for it on video. AfterThought: For those who are also fans of anime, here is a video you may wish to download: Resident Eva . It uses the trailer's audio track and makes good use of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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HA HA HA (-1, Flamebait)

Rock 'N' Troll (566273) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188838)

Now THAT is a fucking stupid thing. LOL!

Fp? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188841)

THought I'd try!

Re:Fp? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3189167)

you only missed by 318883

What's going on? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188848)

Vanishing stories again.

um repeat (0, Redundant)

spd_rcr (537511) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188853)

didn't we do this a couple days ago ? another great nearly plotless, blow the badguys up game turned movie, not that hollywood can write anything better on its own...

Re:um repeat (1)

cyborch (524661) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188910)

with this kind of movie there's a better chance that a lot of geeks will go and see it... movie makers figure better earnings off this, not that they've had a lot of luck just because it was a geekish movie (D&D the movie for instance)...

Re:um repeat (2, Insightful)

gwayne (306174) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188932)

Don't forget the ONLY video game turned movie worth seeing so far -- Tomb Raider, with the luscious Angelina Jolie!


Re:um repeat (3, Insightful)

cjpez (148000) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189089)

Ugh, I don't think so. That movie was awful on just about every level. Okay, maybe fifteen years ago it would have been worth it for Angelina Jolie, but why subject yourself to two hours of hellish agony when you can just go home and download Angelina Jolie pictures off the internet? :P

Inhuman Robot Skull Consumes Vertebrate Life (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188855)

Human Combustion Industries has announced the completion of their latest home entertainment robot, OBIT. OBIT manifests as a human skull 3.1 meters in height, equipped with two stubby robot legs and an extensible fanged proboscis described by surviving journalists as "indescribable", "ravenous", and "obscene".

OBIT is powered by a 500 hp diesel-electric fuel cell located in the area of the cranium traditionally reserved for the medulla oblongata. This configuration allows for extended operation in low-oxygen environments as well as the "silent stalking" behavior demonstrated to such dramatic effect at Tuesday's eventful press conference.

OBIT is also equipped with sophisticated magnetic resonance imaging equipment enabling 98% accurate detection of the presence of an advanced central nervous system in organisms variously defined as "visitor", "prey", "family member", "clergy", or "passer-by". Complex neural-net technology allows all detected instances of CNS regardless of category to be recategorized as "prey". "Prey" instances are greeted with prompt action when target acquisition phase is complete! Graceful proboscis extends rapidly, providing spectator great joy as jaws open wide and gleaming fang extend. Studies show most immediate immobilization benefit in prompt attack to legs; hence OBIT prefer leg-first approach. Quaint antics of disabled prey may be observed by all as limbs are removed, followed by educational vivisection of torso and head accompanied by instructional lecture. Excellent consistency in results is obtained.

Remains of owner and guests to be disposed of at all times in accordance with applicable statutes of local municipality.

Re:Inhuman Robot Skull Consumes Vertebrate Life (1)

SGDarkKnight (253157) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188947)

this is sort of funny "OBIT is powered by a 500 hp diesel-electric fuel cell " and "This configuration allows for extended operation in low-oxygen environments as well as the "silent stalking" behavior ".

I would love to see a 500hp diesel-electric fuel cell run silent. I know, I know, your just trying to be a bit sarcastic here... i couldn't resist

fuck post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188861)

ass munch

Milla Jovavich (4, Funny)

kaimiike1970 (444130) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188863)

As long as they stick to Milla in a short skirt we should have a pretty good movie. If they insist on a plot or a storyline then all is lost. Also, if they are so foolish as to have other people in it then likewise all is lost. I would go see 2+ hours of scantily clad Milla kicking the crap out of CG anything...

Re:Milla Jovavich (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188888)

AMEN to that!

Re:Milla Jovavich (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188911)

google reveals these:

*pant* *pant*

Re:Milla Jovavich (1, Troll)

IRNI (5906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188920)

Heh Heh. It shows her boobs and there is even a nice crotch shot in one scene. Definately a movie for those milla fans. :) :) :) MOOLTIPASS!!!!

Re:Milla Jovavich (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3189168)

Did it work for tomb raider?

Re:Milla Jovavich (4, Informative)

MisterBlister (539957) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189170)

They did stick Milla is a short dress, and showed a few semi-nude scenes in a shower, etc. And lucky for them... If they hadn't, I'd have burned down the theater I saw this in... Because otherwise this is a VERY VERY BAD MOVIE, even for a video game to movie conversion. This movie is "Street Fighter: The Movie" bad.

Oh my. (5, Funny)

Electric Angst (138229) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188867)

Is that...

No, it can't be...

Wait! It is.

Someone is linking to a dyndns server on Slashdot, for a large multimedia file, no less.

I have a feeling someone's cable modem is about to explode.

Re:Oh my. (2, Funny)

Ubergrendle (531719) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188890)

I think I'll need to break out my logarithmic calculator to identify to which ^10 he has invalidated his ISP bandwidth cap...

Re:Oh my. (1)

erasmus_ (119185) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188924)

I knew it wasn't meant to be, but I still tried getting it. It's funny watching my transfer rate start at 22KB/Sec and quickly drop to 1.68 as I type this. I can smell the DSL connection smoke, methinks.

Re:Oh my. (1)

hikeran (561061) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189024)

LOL!! home machine .. must be i'm on dual t1's and i'm getting 286 bytes/sec .. omg.. his machine must be having a shitfit and ahalf..

**** opening scene *****

loud cybernetic yelling... Oh My Fucking Maker!! Heeelp me!! Get them off of me!!! Oh my freaking bandwith!! someone spray me with halogen quick!!!

camera pans down to a p100 with a usb cable modem and usb external hard drive that is bursting into flames (all items)

Your slashdot buddy command (1)

-benjy (142508) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189081)

# /etc/rc.d/init.d/iptables panic

Re:Oh my. (2, Informative)

Mike A. (19999) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189027)

DSL, actually. Thanks for caring, anyway. :)

Re:Oh my. (1)

hikeran (561061) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189112)

if that is your net connection at home .. well i hope ya don't plan on playing games for a while.. If it's works.. hehe .. wait till the boss sees the surcharge on this bill!! haha .. either that or your isp will shut ya down quick.. hehe ..

face it .. could be worse..

could be hosted on an old 386sx with a 10 gig hdd and you have to login to a bbs to get it...

Zmodem.. xmodem anyone? nooooooooooooooooooooo

anyone has other link for this file? (1)

dawnsnow (8077) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189100)

I like to see it, quick..

Re:Oh my - where's the Freenet Filter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3189128)

Where's the little IE toolbar that takes all URLS from the slashdot domain to anything like a dydns and redirects to a distributed thingey?


Don't follow that link! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188868)

I feel bad for the guy hosting Resident Eva. It looks like it's being hosted on a personal machine..

Can I suggest that the people who do download it post it to Gnutella/GiFT/KaZaa, and that people try to download it there?

I don't want to wreck this guy's machine/bandwidth.


Re:Don't follow that link! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188928)

Shame on you...

This is an opportunity to punish stupidity, allowing darwinism to work it's magic.

Remember: Stupid Hurts!

no Katz? did I take the wrong meds today? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188869)

wait a freakin' second.

This is a movie review.

Why isn't Katz the author?

We all know that's all he's good for. He's been reduced to a shitty version of Ebert but without the charm and intelligence...

And now he's not even doing the R.E. movie review?

Say it ain's so!

cyborg_money (-1)

l33t j03 (222209) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188870)

This new cyborg_monkey is a fraud. Its the old cyborg_monkey in disguise!

I am the real new person: l33t j03!

But how true to the games is it? (5, Funny)

dave-fu (86011) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188871)

Most importantly, I'm wondering if the characters (players?) in the movie can step side-to-side or if they've stayed true to the RE series and made them all move like tanks (turning on their axes). So which is it?

RESIDENT EVIL!#$&!#()$& (3, Insightful)

thedbp (443047) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188876)

This movie rules, but I must say, I really miss the emotional-sociological take on the zombie genre that George Romero has. His Night, Dawn, Day series is just a classic, the movies being more about the people breaking down under duress than the zombies and gore (but OH! those Zombies and Gore!).

And I love the first Return of the Living Dead (produced by John Russo, who co-authored Night of the Living Dead w/ Romero). The sequels to that film sucked, but the first one was a very effective horror comedy with some nice twists on the zombie theme (intelligent zombies, no sure-kill tactic)

While Resident Evil is a great rush, it just doesn't have the substance that the Romero films do. If you wanna REALLY be scared of zombies, get the DVD of Day of the Dead, lock yourself in a basement, and turn off all the lights. FRREEEAAAAKKKYYYY!

Re:RESIDENT EVIL!#$&!#()$& (2, Interesting)

turacma (266828) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188999)

Obviously you and I did NOT see the same movie. I thought it was complete and utter garbage. There were a few moments I would have walked out had I not paid the full ticket price.

Reasons why RE sucked big hairy gonads:
1. The movie would just not end. Every time you figured the movie would end, they slapped on an extra 5 minutes of footage that help set up RE2.

2. Entirely too many characters are just thrown in and out of the movie, apparently, on a whim. Characters are apparently left for dead, only to reappear for a brief moment, before being killed in earnest. (This may be a problem with the genre in general, not this specific movie)

3. There's only so many times I can get hit with the shock scare of something popping out of a window before I start seeing it come from a mile away.

It wasted a complete waste, there is a brief couple moments of Milla nude, and a couple of the first death sequences are just plain gory fun. After the first 30 minutes though, you might as well tune out. Just my $.02.

Here's the real Resident Evil # +1; Breaking News# (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3189004)

My complaint about Dick Cheney:

May I be cynical for a bit? I hope you don't mind,
but with Cheney's latest barrage of
malodorous notions, I can't resist the urge to make a
few cynical comments. To get right
down to it, some of the facts I'm about
to present may seem shocking. This
they certainly are. However, it's time that a few
facts had a chance to slip through the fusillade of hype.
What's my problem, then? Allow me to present it
in the form of a question: Where are the people
who are willing to stand up and acknowledge
that Cheney, in his infinite wisdom, has decided
to destroy the natural beauty of our parks and forests?
On the surface, it would seem to have something to do
with the way that his whole approach is repugnant.
But upon further investigation, one will find that
by allowing Cheney to put mephitic thoughts in our
children's minds, we are allowing him to play puppet master.
As for the lies and exaggerations, Cheney's
epigrams are rife with contradictions
and difficulties; they're entirely maladroit,
meet no objective criteria, and are unsuited
for a supposedly educated population.
And as if that weren't enough, if Cheney is going to
obstruct important things, then he should at least have
the self-respect to remind himself of a few things: First, a
true enemy is better than a false friend. And
second, many people respond to his debauched vituperations
in much the same way that they respond to television
dramas. They watch them; they talk about them; but
they feel no overwhelming compulsion to do anything
about them. That's why I insist we pronounce the truth
and renounce the lies.

Even people who consider themselves scornful
foolhardy-types generally agree that Cheney's slurs
symbolize lawlessness, violence, and misguided rebellion
-- extreme liberty for a few, even if the rest of us
lose more than a little freedom. One might conclude
that Cheney is incapable of writing a letter without using
such phrases as "crapulous pop psychologists", "loquacious
exhibitionists", "oppressive personae non gratae", or
some combination thereof. Alternatively, one might conclude
that Cheney has a different view of reality from the rest of us.
In either case, if you're not part of the solution,
then you're part of the problem. His historical record of
fickle pleas is clearer than the muddled pronouncements
of his apple-polishers for a variety of reasons. For
instance, the worst sorts of inconsiderate Neanderthals there
are must be treated with political justice, not with
civil justice, as they are sincerely not real citizens. Let me
rephrase that: I wonder if he really believes the
things he says. He knows they're not true, doesn't he?
A complete answer to that question would
take more space than I can afford, so I'll have to give
you a simplified answer. For starters, if
we let him cause riots in the streets, then greed,
corruption, and tribalism will characterize the government.
Oppressive measures will be directed against citizens.
And lies and deceit will be the stock and trade of the
media and educational institutions.

Even Cheney's bedfellows couldn't deal with the full impact of
Cheney's refrains. That's why they created "Cheney-ism," which is
just a garrulous excuse to force square
pegs into round holes. He plans to drag everything
that is truly great into the gutter. He has instructed
his votaries not to discuss this or even admit to his
plan's existence. Obviously, Cheney knows he has
something to hide. Most of you reading this letter
have your hearts in the right place. Now
follow your hearts with actions. I have traveled the length and
breadth of this country and talked with the best people. I can
therefore assure you that Cheney's artifices cannot stand on
their own merit. That's why they're dependent on elaborate
artifices and explanatory stories to convince us that Cheney's
warnings can give us deeper insights into the nature of
reality. We can and we must protect ourselves by any means
necessary against the unrestrained bestiality
of stupid, quasi-macabre paper-pushers. And that's the honest truth.

Not all video game movies are flops (5, Insightful)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188879)

While past conversions such as Super mario Brothers and Street Fighter were box office flops

Tomb Raider [] grossed about $131 million. Not a superhit but definitely not a flop.

Angelina Jolie probably helped that one out.

Re:Not all video game movies are flops (1)

ShadeEagle (153172) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188942)

Naw, wasn't Jolie at all... no... it was the gripping storyline and excellent action scenes!

Aw, who am I kidding? It WAS Jolie. Not that it was THAT much of a problem... unless you spent more than $5 to see it ^_^

(Confession: I saw Tomb Raider, I spent $12 CDN at the theatre. Opening night. Bleh. And people wonder why I don't go to movie theatres anymore... perhaps it's because I'm tired of spending more than $5CDN on movies... I'd rather make it a Blockbuster night.)

Tomb Raider did flop... (1)

seldolivaw (179178) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188952)

Fortunately, Angelina's Jolie's breasts make millions every time they appear :-)

Re:Tomb Raider did flop... (1)

leviramsey (248057) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189074)

Kinda brings the Weekend Update where Adam Sandler sang "Demi Moore gets 12 million for her next movie/4 for herself and 4 for each boobie."

Re:Not all video game movies are flops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188998)

well, it sure as hell wasn't billy bob!

Re:Not all video game movies are flops (3, Informative)

MisterBlister (539957) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189193)

Also, the original Mortal Kombat (which Paul Anderson..not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson, who directs REAL movies), was a modest hit.

Re:Not all video game movies are flops (1)

NineNine (235196) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189200)

It may not have been a flop, but it certainly was a piece of shit aimed at 10 year old boys.

Asteroids, The Movie (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188891)

Ship twirls around and fires. Misses. Fires again. Hits a large asteroid. Fires again and hits a flying saucer. Keeps firing. Hits a small asteroid. Fires four times in rapid succession. Oh-oh, tiny fast-moving rock: hyperspace. Re-enters close to the screen. Oh oh oh, dangerous, moves closer to the middle. Tiny spaceship comes out. Ship fires and hits it. 1000 points. Fires. Misses. Fires again. Another tiny spaceship fires back and hits him.

Moderators, you HAVE to mod this up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188945)

That is FUNNY! That would actually be a great movie short.

Re:Moderators, you HAVE to mod this up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188996)

What about 'Solitare the movie'? or 'Minesweeper the movie'? I know I DON'T want to see an interpretation of those!

Re:Asteroids, The Movie (1)

feloneous cat (564318) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189025)

And what is to stop Hollywood from bringing Mr. and Ms. Pacman together for the first time? Will they go on a dot eating rampage causing Weightwatchers to picket them? Will Bruce Willis sign on as Mr.?

Re:Asteroids, The Movie (3, Funny)

jeff67 (318942) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189120)

Three words: "Pong - The Movie"

Re:Asteroids, The Movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3189212)

I thought that you loved pong?

Yeah, but the graphics are all crappy...

Decent movies stand alone (4, Insightful)

bbk (33798) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188899)

Even if you've never played an RE game, the movie turns out to be a decent horror flick. Producers finally figured out that you don't just have to retell a game - you just have to get the feel of the game - the RE movie does this well. Even without the Resident Evil name, it's a decent movie.

In terms of production, the special effects were so-so (and erred on the side of cheese a couple times), and the audio was a bit badly mixed (might have been the theatre). The acting was great, as were the costumes. It doesn't go for cheap scares like most horror flicks, which is a welcome change.

Worth going to, if you don't mind gore, or just want to see a lot of zombie killing


Re:Decent movies stand alone (1)

SablKnight (205665) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189026)

Producers finally figured out that you don't just have to retell a game - you just have to get the feel of the game

As I understand it, the movie leads in to the beginning of the first game.

Note: I never played the first game, so this is based on what people tell me.


That's not what producers figured out... (2) (84577) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189107)

Producers realized you can get some free fans if you name your horror movie after a popular horror video game, even if you don't bother sticking to the plot.

Kudos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188908)

This is a great review. Very well written. Two thumbs up.

T( H)GSB [] Apr 21-27

Mediocre (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188915)

It would have been better if they stuck with the original story line and cleaned up the dialogue.

The original Resident Evil was brilliant (3, Insightful)

mbessey (304651) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188925)

The first Resident Evil game was ground-breaking. It was one of the first really scary video games to come out after the advent of decent 3D graphics.

Previous "horror" video games tended to be more of a shoot-fest. Resident Evil was genuinely creepy. I literally jumped at a few points when playing it. Part of making a good thriller is pacing things appropriately. You have to let the tension build up for a while before you release it.

It's ironic that the movie (by all the reviews I've read) seems to be a regression to more of an action movie/"shooter" game style, rather than being true to the original. This may be the first instance where the movie adaptation of a video game is less cinematic than the video game that inspired it.


Re:The original Resident Evil was brilliant (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188959)

You never played "Alone in the Dark" did you?

Re:The original Resident Evil was brilliant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3189154)

Previous horror games? Like what? Maybe you are referring to demonic themed FPS'? The only horror games I can think of where all quite slow paced in that day, relying more on atmosphere than effects (Alone in the Dark, some parts of Kings Quest, Out of this World, Stonekeep, Daggerfall, etc).
Resident Evil succesfully combined that with guns and action, which is what made it ground breaking, rather than the slow horror.

Oh, and for anyone who doesn't understand why Daggerfall is on that list, it's more related to playing it 18 hours straight, and understanding what every creepy sound meant.

Problem with debian (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188934)

Hello I have a big problem with installing debian
and I hope you linux gurus can help me.
During installation I get the error message:
Insrt pns int /cdrom/ n prss ntr !
What does this mean ?

Re:Problem with debian (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188987)

I am not sure if i can help ya...

haha! i found your lame joke, you want me to insert my penis in your cdrom, bastard!

no, i will not do that. Do it yourself.

Re:Problem with debian (1)

lburdet (552112) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189069)

can i ask...? WHAT does this have to do with RE? :)
If you had said "int /milla/jovovich/tmp"

maybe... but that's quite inappropriate :P

7/10? POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILERS (2, Insightful)

jgerman (106518) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188935)

Maybe a little higher, but (possible spoilers)

Spoilers Below *******

Why would you build a emergency cutoff system for an AI (in case it perhaps goes crazy) BEHIND defense systems controlled by the AI??

And why would an AI that we find out isn't crazy start freaking out over killing the infected chick? The AI shouldn't care, it should have calmly stated kill her or you all die, instead of screaming kill her over and over like that chick just ate her cookie.

Not a plot problem but the Matrix bullets have to go, getting sick of the rip offs.

Who directed this flick: Hey pal, load noises and sudden appearances on screen only work if you use them SPARINGLY. No audience is going to jump every five minutes at that shit.

All in all it was a good watch though, entertaining at least.


necrognome (236545) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189134)

Why would you build a emergency cutoff system for an AI (in case it perhaps goes crazy) BEHIND defense systems controlled by the AI??

For the same reason that you would leave in the basement the red key that opens the red door on the top floor. No reason, that is; it's a videogame task/puzzle. The movie does a good job of showing how things like this would play out in "real life" thus demonstrating the silliness of such tasks. I found this kind of thing to be one of the more interesting aspects of an unspectacular yet entertaining movie.

Re:7/10? POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILERS (2, Interesting)

Paolomania (160098) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189179)

Who directed this flick: Hey pal, load noises and sudden appearances on screen only work if you use them SPARINGLY. No audience is going to jump every five minutes at that shit.

Apparently you never saw "Event Horizon" - it is also directed by Paul Anderson. Absolutely everything happens suddenly in that movie. At times it seems like sudden loud noises and sudden flashes of gore are the only horror devices that director Paul Anderson knows how to use. And "Soldier" was such an honest effort - oh well.

George Romero? (5, Funny)

Knunov (158076) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188937)

"It is a shame that George Romero didn't take the project..."

It's even more of a shame that John Romero [] didn't take the project.

What with his obsession of story lines in video games, Resident Evil would have been nothing less than a smash hit.

Just ask him. I'm sure he'll agree.


Re:George Romero? (2, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189202)

What with his obsession of story lines in video games, Resident Evil would have been nothing less than a smash hit.

Hey! Quake III had a GREAT storyline! There was this arena, you see. And fought in it.

Re:George Romero? (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189216)

I'm sorry, I can't kill the evil undead mutant doggies without my buddy Superfly!

mirror (2, Informative)

lburdet (552112) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188941)

i will post a mirror of the mpeg file, as soon as it finishes... assuming it finishes. please, just wait for it to finish, and it'll be on have pity on the poor guy...:)

Re:mirror (1)

lburdet (552112) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189091)

hmmm never mind, too late, i'm d/ling at 0.2/sec :)

may god have mercy on his harddrive...

(it actually does happen..) (4, Funny)

zapfie (560589) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188946)

Now, in the spirit of modern-day marketing and product tie-ins, we will soon see a crappy game based off of this movie..

Where are the Zombies? (2)

AndyChrist (161262) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188958)

The commercials seem to be rather short on zombies. There's lots of spooky ghosty-looking bullshit. Did they envision it as yet another haunted-house movie but with a few zombies?

I suggest that most of the zombies associated with the Resident Evil movie worked behind the camera in in the board room.

Write your own /. movie preview. (5, Funny)

nob (244898) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188962)

In the past game-to-movie conversions have been _______(negative adjective.) But ________ (newest game-to-movie) has the chance to break the habit. Since the game has sold over _____ (big number) copies, and the movie has a budget of _____ (big number), it will probably be very ______(positive adjective.)

New Feature - Slash Libs! (4, Funny)

gosand (234100) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189139)

You missed the golden opportunity to title your post Slash Libs!

You could have Katz Slash Libs too!

In this day and age of ____(buzz word) and ____ (buzz word), we often don't realize that the ____ (buzz word) has been ______ (verb). That isn't the case anymore. I remember back in ___ (year) when I was _________ (boring verb), things were much more _______ (wordy adjective). In conclusion, I think that we need to _______ (verb) the ________ (buzz word) and embrace the _______ (noun) before it is too late.

(verb) the (buzzword) and embrace the (noun) (3, Funny)

wiredog (43288) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189196)

I'm not sure, but I think that's illegal here in Virginia.

I liked it. (1)

RumGunner (457733) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188963)

Watching this movie was like taking a very bumpy rollercoaster ride, it was scare, breathe, scare, breathe.

My biggest problem with it is that everytime there was an opportunity to make you jump, the director took it. There was almost no suspence. It reminded me a lot of the game.

And while it _would've_ been better had Romero done it, it was still a pretty good movie. There was a plot (albeit a simple one) and everything. I would recommend this if you liked Soldier, Aliens, or The Crow.

That Movie Sucked (2)

viper21 (16860) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188966)

I'm not sure if anybody at this site has reviewed it (I haven't yet, and I'm too lazy to look), but [] typically has decent reviews up of movies. Usually after they've been out for a week, sometimes longer. :-) No pre-view reviews here.

We can spell, though. Which should definitely put us a step above Slashdot.


Re:That Movie Sucked (1)

jimand (517224) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189067)

We can spell, though. Which should definitely put us a step above Slashdot.

That's pretty funny; their review of The Time Machine []
starts "Timel trave "

Re:That Movie Sucked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3189102)


That's the new guy. It's fixed now. You'll notice how often that happens with slashdot ;-)

Preview (2)

Have Blue (616) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188974)

When I saw the Resident Evil preview on TV, the first thing that came to my mind in response to it was a line from a Space Ghost episode:
"No, Jon, Not that show. The show I'm talking about has skeletal dogs."

Upcoming Comic Book adaptations. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3188982)

I saw Resident Evil this weekend and came out with mixed feelings. The did a good job translating the way the game built tension into film, but no scene jolted me the way RE-2 did when I first ran into that licker.

I think the upcoming Blade 2 will probably fare better, but I am not sure by how much. The original had some great action scenes and soundtrack that looking back seem like The Matrix's missing link. It's a sequal though and they brought in a different director than the original.

I am also looking forward to Spiderman in May not just because of fond memories of the series when I was 12, but also that it's directed by Sam Raimi. He probably would have also been a good choice for RE.

Milla Jovavich (5, Funny)

psycht (233176) | more than 12 years ago | (#3188991)

I'd watch Pokemon if it had her in it.

George Romero didn't take the project? (2)

Mr. Neutron (3115) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189003)

How about John Romero? It would have been fun to see flashy trailers, but see the movie, released three years behind schedule, contain no action and and be slow as molasses on the screen.

That would kick ass.

Bleh (2, Interesting)

LafinJack (9054) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189031)

I must not be geeky enough to hate good movies, I'm sorry. I thought FF was pretty good, the Time Machine wasn't bad, Star Wars Ep. 1 was fun, etc. I haven't seen Resident Evil yet, but I can't see myself hating it. You guys/gals expect too much from these movies, and once your overinflated expectations aren't met, you blame the movie.

I think you would enjoy movies (and life) more if you didn't do that. :)

Re:Bleh (1)

drodver (410899) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189062)

You speak great truth, expectations are everything.

From the hoster of the AMV... (5, Funny)

Mike A. (19999) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189059)

  • Yes, it's hosted on a DSL connection.
  • Yes, it's quite thoroughly slashdotted.
  • No, I don't mind. It'll be cleared up enough by the time I get home.
  • Yes, I was warned in advance.
  • Yes, you may mirror the file if any of you successfully managed to get it.

Thank you for visiting my beleaguered box. :)

When you get home... (3, Funny)

wiredog (43288) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189104)

You will be greeted by the fire department. They will say something about a large explosion and/or fire in the vicinity of your DSL connection. Then the people from the phone company will stop by...

Best video game movie ever? (2)

L-Train8 (70991) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189070)

This is the best movie based on a video game that I have ever seen. But that may be like saying she's the smartest supermodel of all time or something.

The Resident Evil game was basically a horror movie turned into a video game, so I guess it's pretty easy to turn it back into a horror movie. Still, for all it's big budget and Milla star power, it is just a horror movie. The genre isn't exactly deep. If you don't expect "something more", you can enjoy this movie.

Re:Best video game movie ever? (1)

drodver (410899) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189114)

Doesn't Cindy Crawford have a BS in Chemestry?

game movie game video game (0, Troll)

68030 (215387) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189071)

What a wonderful little action flick.

Of course I had reservations that Capcom had
pulled another Street Fighter the Movie, and
soon we'd see a Resident Evil the Movie The Game,
but thankfully it was really enjoyable.

Maybe I'm in a lone minority here, but I don't
have to have a complex plot and character
development to enjoy a hack and slash action
movie. I don't need to have twenty minute long
monologues detailing the philosophical
ramifications of the reanimated dead wanting to
sexy actors, sexy scenes, and a few good jump
scenes to make me happy. Sure, I'd LOVE to see
a video-game movie (I feel dirty refering to
them all like some sort of mutant sub genre) that
really makes me think and has some lasting
impact on society or some other sweeping hope,
but let's face it, despite how passionate many
of us are about various video games that we
think are genious, the widest audience for these
games, and thus the movies based after them,
probably just want to see things blown up
and a little T&A. So what happens? They go with
the lowest common denomonator, where the money
is. I think the Final Fantasy movie might be a
good example of what happens when you don't.
I, like several other people I know, absolutly
loved this movie. I enjoyed the odd concepts and
veiled hints of what was really going on. To me,
it felt alot like one of the bizzare plot lines
in some random Final Fantasy game that you just
want to attribute to a translation error.
Alot of people didn't like that. Those people
probably expected something a little bit
more base. Now Square Pictures is selling off
all their assets to try and make up for the loss.
Resident Evil however will appeal to a much
wider base. It works off a proven formula for a
good movie, one that I alluded to earlier--
Attractive cast, attractive sets, jump scenes,
and motivation toward a goal. Sure, it's overly
simplistic, but we can all think of movies that
followed this formula that did well enough in
their own right to be considered successes.

Maybe I'm not asking enough of the motion
picture industry when I go to be entertained,
but like most of everyone else, I'm only thinking
about what I want to see. And what I saw, I liked.

"RE" far from the first (2)

mblase (200735) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189079)

While past conversions such as Super Mario Brothers and Street Fighter were box-office flops, Resident Evil has the chance to break the game-to-movie-flop habit.

Guess he forgot all about the last three video-game movies to hit the big screen: Tomb Raider [] , Mortal Kombat [] and even Pokemon: The First Movie [] . They may not have been rippers in the plot department, but they were certainly financial successes for their respective studios.

The games was good Im sure the movie will be to. (1)

taya0001 (457928) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189098)

That makes sense.... right?

Dragon's Lair - The Movie (1)

CTalkobt (81900) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189108)

It's true. Dragon's Lair is going to be made into a movie. Heard this from a friend of mine at a gaming store referancing one of the gaming mags.

I wonder how many of the old Dragon's Lair fanatics are going to be yelling, Left, Right, Right, Left, Up during certain portions of the movie.

My problem with Hollywood "Horror" Movies... (1)

sgt_getraer (448034) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189115)

Saw Resident Evil at the Matinee... it's worth about $5. It had lots of zombies (good), and some full frontal nudity (very good).

The big problem with horror movies these days is that they're not really horror films... they're action movies with monsters thrown in. The plot in Resident Evil, for example, revolves around having to get out of dodge before the blast doors close in a predetermined amount of time ("You'll never dismantle the bomb in time, Mr. Bond!"). It wasn't "creepy", "horrific", "atmospheric", or "gory". But it did have zombies, so what are you gonna do?

Darn (2)

NiftyNews (537829) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189129)

I totally wanted to see the movie, but I couldn't get my character through the doorway. I think it might have been the lighting aroud the theater, or perhaps the fact that my brain wasn't corresponding to my feet movement very well. I tried it for about an hour then got frustrated and left.

Never played the game... (2)

singularity (2031) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189157)

I never played any of the Resident Evil games, but when and saw the movie this past Saturday.

It was decent, and worth the $5 admission. It is far from the best movie ever, but entertaining.

Some notes:

* The volume in the theatre I saw it in was turned up *way* too loud. Part of it was the soundtrack was mixed that way, but there were some times I jumped not because of the action on the scene, but rather because the noise was startling.

* The hologram girl was done well, and I was disappointed that she was not used more. She was creepy when used well.

* I had not realized they were going to make Jason X. The trailer came on and I could not stop from laughing. "He's... he's... mutated!" As a friend of mine stated: "Six young space cadets go on a routine training mission and find, on planet Hell, something alive. 'Let's bring it on board with us!' They will regret that... forever... Jason X."

* At times it felt a little too "Night of the Living Dead."

* There were some pretty major plot inconsistencies, but I suppose that cannot be helped in an action/horror movie like that.

* The special effects were good, and used sparingly enough to keep them entertaining.

Aw Crap (0)

Joseppi Blauinski (522353) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189165)

I saw the headline and thought it was something about Resident Shrub and his delusions.

Correction to the above Not SWAT or STARS (1)

ProfBooty (172603) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189175)

Correction: The "SWAT" team works for umbrella. Actually if you look at their uniform, it says sanitation on their sleave. I would assume that is the name of their unit.

Different nerds on Slashdot than FARK ? (2)

totallygeek (263191) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189180)

On [] they are always complaining that Hollywood has no new ideas. On Slashdot [] the Hollywood movie posts are usually not ripping the movie industry for this. Aren't the same nerds going to both sites?

Thoughts on the movie... (2, Informative)

wd123 (209211) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189207)

After seeing this piece of trash, someone pointed me to a review of the movie by Roger Ebert. Here's the link [] , and below is the first paragraph of the review. It's pretty funny, and it sums up the movie very well:

"Resident Evil" is a zombie movie set in the 21st century and therefore reflects several advances over 20th century films. For example, in 20th century slasher movies, knife blades make a sharpening noise when being whisked through thin air. In the 21st century, large metallic objects make crashing noises just by being looked at.


Anyone up for Zork: The Movie? (4, Interesting)

totallygeek (263191) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189221)

You know, as many hours (days, weeks) as I spent working the games, it might be nice to watch the dynamics in a three-hour movie. Not a bad story, to boot.

Faithful adaptation (5, Insightful)

JohnLi (85427) | more than 12 years ago | (#3189228)

I'm not quite sure where all the bad reviews of this movie are coming from. I planned to see this movie last Saturday, but before hand, I looked up a few reviews. They were about 80% negative, so I decided to not go see it. The next day, a friend of mine pressured me into seeing it anyway, and it was awesome. The atmosphere was exactly like the games...sure there is some filler/fluff, and most of the characters die 20 minuets into the movie, but again, that is just like the game. If you haven't seen it, for sure don't post opinions, and at least give it a chance. To put this movie in the ranks of Street Fighter, or Super Mario Bros. is just silly.
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