movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PEOPLE: Milla Jovovich… Isn’t she the main reason to watch these movies? :) Ali Larter, too (Jessica/Niki/Tracey from Heroes). Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who directed Resident Evil 1, Alien Vs. Predator, and Event Horizon. He also wrote every Resident Evil movie.

PLOT SUMMARY: The story… continues. But does not complete.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Corporation wastes remaining human survivors; Asshole producer ruins perfectly good plane.

QUIRKS: Zombies. Based on a video game. In fact, the IMDB FAQ says this movie is the most videogame-based out of all 4 existing Resident Evil movies.

VISUALS: Did not see it in 3-D. Great action scenes, but there could have been more of them.

BAD STUFF: So she’s human again… But this didn’t really seem to affect her performance at all, or really be relevant to the plot of the movie. I guess that’s just how much of a badass Alice is. Still, it just strikes me as a random thing that happens, and then doesn’t impact the rest of the movie at all. Almost like an afterthought. I would have liked to have seen how this changes things explored more.

It was a bit annoying how [highlight for spoilers] all her clones were conveniently killed off, too.

And the huge zombie guy with the axe? I’m sure he’s something from the video game. He was cool as hell. But they only responded, “What the hell was THAT?”, and didn’t really ever address or explain how or what this “boss” was. I suppose it would make more sense if I’d played the video game.

Zombies are easier to kill now.

CONCLUSION: The action was good, but it just seemed like… not a lot happened. Like this was just a setup for the next movie. It felt more like an episode of The Walking Dead than a full on zombie movie. Still passable; the hints of the 5th movie make it sound like it will be better than 3 and 4.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3.4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.2/10 (closer to Carolyn’s rating), Netflix: 3.9/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.1/5 stars–wrong direction!).

RECOMMENDATION: Watch this only if you’re planning on watching all 5 Resident Evil movies. The 5th/next one seems like it’s going to be much, much better, and that this one is more of a set up movie.

SIMILAR MOVIES: It struck me as feeling more like an episode of The Walking Dead than like a zombie (or videogame) movie.

MOVIE QUOTE: Albert Wesker: I’m what you used to be… only better.Mood: hungry
Music: D.R.I. – Acid Rain