movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Another Resident Evil movie? This time, animated? Sounds like an afterthought, but after watching all 4 Resident Evil movies (including Resident Evil: Apocalypse, which I recently reviewed), of course we’re going to watch this!

PEOPLE: Alison Court is the main voice — people might remember her as Jubilie from Fox’s X-Men:TAS (1990s) series. Crispin Freeman was another voice, and currently plays Electro in the now-airing Spectacular Spider-Man series (by Greg Weisman, creator of Gargoyles). Mostly, these are minor voice actors. One of them was in one episode of Lost. One of them plays BoBoBo’s dad in BoBoBo-Bo Bo-BoBo, the “Japanese Family Guy” (that’s really nothing like Family Guy). But for the most part, all these people are nobodies — even director Makoto Kamiya.

QUIRKS: First Resident Evil movie based on an actual game.

And technically — this is anime, but you’d never know. In one scene, a female laughs and covers her mouth inexplicably (this is a Japanese custom — showing your teeth is bad, probably because customs are based on ancient times when dentistry was very poor). That’s when we both said, “Ohhhhh.. This is from Japan. They just tipped their hand there.” (Of course we were right.) Otherwise, it doesn’t look or feel like anime.

VISUALS: It’s CGI, but there’s not a lot of different settings. So it is actually slightly disappointing, visual-wise.

MORALS: Politicians are assholes, but corporations are even bigger assholes.

BAD STUFF: This simply wasn’t as exciting as ANY of the last 5 or 10 zombie movies I’ve seen. It was comparable to Night Of The Living Dead (the 3-D 2006-ish remake). Yup, not that good.

CONCLUSION: Meh. It entertained and got a generic pass, but I would probably rate this 5.5 on IMDB and only begrudgingly give it 3 stars on Netflix.

RECOMMENDATION: If you watched the first 4 movies, played the video games, or love CGI-based zombie movies: see this. Otherwise: Skip it.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Obviously this is somewhat similar to the other Resident Evil movies, and to any zombie movie.

NEXT: Next up we’re going to watch a Highlander animated movie. It seems a lot of the dying franchises that have made 4+ movies can’t get funding for more real movies, but can still get funding for an animated movie. This is part of the power of animation: It allows storytellers (and moneymakers) to continue their stories/profit-schemes for a cheaper price. Often times a franchise’s “last gasp” will be an animated movie or series.

Mood: i should have just stuck to the traditional wired microphone
Music: Ministry – Khyber Pass (Texas Bush Ranch Mix)