WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
It’s about a creepy high-tech lab packed to the gills with undead flesh-eaters, zombified canines, ultra-cool booby traps, and a steadily waning crew of bad-ass marines!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Not really, no...but I really dug it anyway. I’ve always had a huge soft spot for entertaining B-horror flicks, and Resident Evil certainly qualifies as that! It may be kinda silly and light on plot, but it's an enjoyable zombie-fest that capably accomplishes what it sets out to do: zombie rampage. No, it’s not even close to the undead immortals like DAWN OF THE DEAD and (longtime personal favorite) RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, but entertaining zombie flicks are a rare commodity, indeed, so it’s always nice to find one that delivers the goods. If the gore scenes seem a bit truncated, that’s because they were.
My biggest complaint about this generally entertaining flick is that there are simply too many ‘cutaways’ and not enough ‘money shots’. Some horror fans don’t dig the sloppy gore; most do. But the slick-looking movie also has a delicious lead performance by the shockingly gorgeous Milla Jovovich, 4 or 5 truly exciting bits, and a delicious downer of an ending…which paves the way for next year’s sequel! RESIDENT EVIL may not be your cup of tea, but fans will HAVE to check this DVD out! Director Paul Anderson has already let us know that a ‘directors cut’ version is on the way early next year, so you may just want to rent this one. Either way, make sure you watch this movie LOUD!
As I mentioned above, there is an even swankier edition of Resident Evil coming next year, but what we’re offered here is certainly nothing to shake a dismembered zombie leg at! The coolest feature is the full-length audio commentary with Jovovich, Rodriguez, Anderson, and producer Jeremy Bolt. If you assume that any commentary for a goofball zombie movie would prove uneventful, you’re in for a nice surprise. The four participants crack wise and spin lengthy anecdotes and laugh hysterically when Milla’s dog poops on the studio carpet – and offer one entertaining commentary track.
Five featurettes (entitled The Making of Resident Evil, Scoring Resident Evil, Costumes, Zombie Make-Up Tests, and Set Design) offer all kinds of behind-the-scenes glimpses, cast/crew discussions, and special effects tests. You’ll also find the ‘normal’ features like a music video, a collection of theatrical trailers, and some cast/crew bios.
If you dig low-I.Q. horror flicks half as much as I do, you’ll probably have a good time with this DVD. Personally, I’d consider this Special Edition a solid rental. The upcoming director’s cut sounds more my cup of tea.