A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

Resident Evil: Degeneration

March 28, 2010

Resident Evil: Degeneration

As with yesterday’s movie today’s is another full-length CGI movie based on a popular videogame franchise.  Resident Evil today instead of Final Fantasy.

At the get-together we attended yesterday with LoadingReadyRun several fans suggested that Paul and Graham should do a full length unskippable of this movie since it was so laughably horribly bad, so it is with some trepidation that we set out to watch the movie today.  (Neither Amanda nor I have watched it yet, so it’s going to be an adventure.)

So far it’s not so bad… for a videogame cut scene.  It looks like they’re using the same models from the Resident Evil 4 game (Leon in particular.)  Indeed at one moment early in the movie I reached for my X-Box controller when the camera rotated around Claire and pulled back to look over her shoulder: I fully expected to have to take control and fight my way through the infected and out of the airport.

The movie IS eminently MSTable though.  At times I think deliberately so.  During the plot exposition at the start of the movie we’re introduced to the world of Resident Evil by a series of news reports and television channel flips.  One of the stations briefly shown is “Network 23,” a clear reference to Max Headroom.  So the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It’s just a fun zombie romp.

On another videogame related note I should say: replacing Umbrella Corp. in this movie is a new bad guy – WilPharma.  But the font they use in the movie for their corporate logo makes it look a lot like WiiPharma – like it’s some kind of weird new Wii game.  I guess it would be a sequel to the Trauma Center game for Wii – no longer just about operating on emergency room patients you now work in a pharmaceutical company.  Use the Wii remote as a pipet to extract tissue samples!

I don’t feel like I have much to say about this movie.  It’s pretty cheesy.  It doesn’t have the kind of amazing special effects we saw in Advent Children yesterday.  But at least the plot is straight forward and easy to understand (if unoriginal.)  More than anything else it just makes me want to play a Resident Evil game.  Maybe Resident Evil 5, or the new Wii lightgun shooter Darkside Chronicles.  Or maybe just Resident Evil 4.. still the best in the series.

It’s not a good movie, but it’s a great way to end PAX.

Now we just need to figure out what videogame related movies we’ll watch at PAX East in 2011.

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