Gory, long rock video

LOOKING FOR TROUBLE: Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) and Alice (Milla Jovovich)  

Resident Evil (ENGLISH)

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodiguez

Dir: Paul Anderson

IS DIRECTOR Paul Anderson the one who helmed the Academy Award nominated Boogie Nights? Or is he the British director one who helmed that other cheesy, gory Event Horizon and the video game inspired Mortal Kombat?

Resident Evil is so gory and senseless that you tend to lean towards the latter. Mortal Kombat, was fun in a silly video game way and Event Horizon was hilarious for the chance it offered of watching A-grade actors like Lawrence Fishburne and Sam Neill trying to deliver weighty dialogues with buckets of blood flying around.

Resident Evil unfortunately has neither big time actors hamming away nor is it particularly imaginative. The only plus the film has is energetic music. Actually, it is like a particularly gruesome, long heavy metal video. The film is inspired by a "hugely popular video game." One would have put a blanket ban on these films if it had not been for the lovely luscious Tomb Raider, but that is another story.

A secret experiment at the Hive, a vast underground genetic research facility run by the Umbrella Corporation, a bioengineering conglomerate goes haywire. There is some sort of awful virus outbreak and the Red Queen, the supercomputer that runs the Hive seals the facility.

There are ravenous undead zombies roaming the dark long corridors, terrible mutant dogs and the mother of all evils called Licker (yeah baby yeah) all getting ready to queer the pitch for the poor, pitiful humans.

Blond Alice in a little red dress and brunette Rain head the rescue team. And they have three hours to complete their mission. Another Alien wannabe with clinks and clanks and things jumping out at you, with the Rain character, a pitiful imitation of Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in combat fatigues with habit of spitting out her words and even sadder Matrix style kicks, the film offer no reasons to watch it. The sci-fi horror movie fan would steer clear of this limp unimaginative offering and others who stray into the film would do well to stray right back home, catch a coffee or read the telephone directory as it would be more thrilling than this pointless gore fest.