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Resident Evil (2002)
They think we're idiots!
I think the reason this film went so wrong is that most people neither understand nor respect games. They assume that they're all about shootin' commi's or appealing to a persons blood-lust. But that's not why I play video-games, I play them because of the participatory plot-lines.
When I was watching the special features for the Resident Evil2 DVD they all had that gung-ho "we're gonna whoop some zombie butt". "This is the ultimate fight against the power". "I love Jill's impatience". Bull sh*t!
Jill is not a super-heroine! She's a coward! The first time she sees a zombie she runs out to Barry shouting "It's a monster! It's a monster! Shoot it!" It's not that I think women can't be heroes it's just that ... Jill isn't. She's on that team for her investigatory skills, not her battle readiness.
Both movies were complete failures. If anyone on the project is reading this remember; We aren't idiots.
Perhaps I am speaking as a hard core fan, perhaps my love of the radio series and books are clouding my vision but I found this film to be nothing more then the excretion of money hungry Hollywood. They have clearly attempted to dumb down a work of philosophical satire into a family movie. At the beginning it seemed promising for a fan like myself, I found the joke concerning dolphins contained a new vigour when I saw actual dolphins preforming their famous tricks (or warnings). But as it slowly progressed I found it slowly becoming more and humiliating. Some of the best pieces of comedy from the radio series was underpinned with oddly zanny orchestrations which reminded me of a Tom and Jerry cartoon. The vogons were badly imagined and took such a large role in the movie that they simply did not have in neither the books or radio series, their main duty in the radio version was to blow up earth and act as a venting point for Douglas Adams hatred of bureaucracy. In the movie they served as the core villains, villains who are simply non-existent in the first series of hitchhikers guide. The worst part was the act of slapstick on vogsphere.
Perhaps I'm speaking as a longtime fan but I was completely disappointed with Zaphods representation in this film, in an age of CG effects and computer grading you'd think that the director would have the courage to just give him an extra head, but sadly, no. Rather the extra head pops up embarrassingly on occasions and one would rather that if the director did'nt have the artistic strength to address the spare head that he would just scrap the idea altogether. They attempted to manipulate all us proud fans by placing in the well known theme, but it was so late into the movie it seemed more like an obligatory fact that the director would have avoided if it were possible. It also seems as though I am correct in assuming they know nothing of the books, as they head off to the restaurant at the end of the universe Marvin says "Its at the other end"! The restaurant is not art the end geographically but in continuity, its there when the universe is destroyed! At the end they say "for Douglas", this seems to me to be an offensive act. This film gives the book a bad name and to address Douglas is like un-zipping and urinating on his grave. It completely misrepresents the book and a person whom was accompanying me said he would have left if I were'nt there! If you do go to see this movie please keep in mind that it in no way represents either the feeling or the sense of humor of the radio series, which I consider definitive. They did'nt want to make the hitchhikers guide, they wanted to steal its jokes and place them into their zanny concoction!
If you are a fan you will go to see it, if only to shout about it afterwards.