Review Date: March 12, 2002
Director: Paul Anderson
Writer: Paul Anderson
Producers: Samuel Hadida
Milla Jovovich as Alice
Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo
Eric Mabius as Matt
The downside? Well, it's definitely not 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. It's a film that doesn't ask for much "thought" from its audience, so if you're looking to dive knee-deep into a serpentinesque narrative, forget all that. The story is very basic and some of its characters are also one-dimensional, and obvious in their motivations (and reasons for being...prey!). But I did appreciate the fact that the film basically stars two ass-kicking women, in Jovovich and Rodriguez, with both ladies obviously coming to play (I especially enjoyed the various scenes of Milla kickin' zombie ass!). You also gotta give it up to director Paul Anderson, who usually gets massacred by critics for his movies, since he generally seems to worry more about the look and feel of his flicks, than the actual development of character/story, but he does provide enough of the latter this time around, to make the film's overall extra-cool and claustrophobic mood, all that more engaging. Yeah, I'll admit, I did get a little sick of all the zombies after a while (although a few of them looked remarkably scary-and that nasty CGI monster was also quite slick), and a couple of the last-minute "heroes saving the day" were definitely a little far-fetched, but forget those small quirks, because the overall project here is a success. If you're going to see this movie to be creeped out and entertained, you will surely feel the urge for a cigarette afterwards.
Incidentally, I know nothing about the game on which this movie is based and never try to compare or take away from a film just because it's based on another source material anyway, so I could give a shit if it is "faithful" to the game or not. As a virgin viewer to the introductory segment of this ongoing series (and yes, the film certainly ends on that note as well), I had a good time with what I was given, and even though none of it will likely mean anything to me tomorrow, the bottom line is that I munched on my nachos with my eyes glued to the screen and had a blast! Nothing wrong with that.