Reviewed by: Jonathan Rothgeb
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes | Directed by: Paul Anderson | Produced by: Bernd Eichinger, Paul Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Samuel Hadida | Written by: Paul Anderson | Distributor: Screen Gems
“Resident Evil” is one of those movies that, as a Christian, I have a hard time with. But it’s not for reasons you might—it’s because I liked it. So what’s the problem with that? “Resident Evil” has no morally redeeming value unless you want to give it points for showing people working together under pressure.
This is another one of those movies based on a popular computer game of the same name. However, it’s probably the best yet of that limited genre. The story begins with a money hungry company called Umbrella Corp. that makes strides into the dark would of genetic research and military-based viral research. This is all located in an underground bunker called the “Hive”. All the employees live and work there to keep things hush hush.
The next thing you know, somebody lets one of the super viruses loose and so ensues the problem. Soon the elite commandos arrive and find our blond, amnesiac hero (Milla Jovovich) and her so called husband (James Purefoy) and drag them along for the ride. As it turns out they find the whole place devoid of any living people but full of viral induced zombies and genetically altered creatures who seem to be helped by a psychotic computer named Red Queen. It all leads to a heart-pounding, adrenalin-pumping adventure.
The cursing is not as bad as may be expected. There were four uses of the “F” word and one “S” word. The most morally troubling is three scenes of nudity including one of full female frontal nudity. It is also quite graphic in its depiction of blood-sucking, skin-eating zombies. To be honest, I found the movie very entertaining but very troubling at the same time.
I cannot comfortably recommend “Resident Evil”. But if you decide to see it, take with you the knowledge that it is not for the faint of heart or the faint of Spirit.