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I really, really did try to like this movie. I really wanted to enjoy
this as sheer brutality, something that simply tried to be as vulgar as
rating systems would allow. There's just. No. Plot. It's just a bad
movie, plain and simple. Sure, it's got all the earmarks of a pretty,
technically well-made film, but if you don't have that kind of film
school background, it's nothing but torture porn, and within the first
5 minutes, you realize that it's not even torture porn: just sexist,
reprehensible and filth. I'm fine with a good bit of Saw or Devil's
Rejects fun, but when you're just beating the sh*t out of women for a
good hour and a half, it's not fun anymore.
What a damn shame.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
As a major fan of both horror movies and games, this movie was a
stunning experience for me. They really kept true to the feel of the
game on so many levels; those crazy camera angles (how many times did I
die because I couldn't see what I was shooting...?), the apparent links
between monsters and events that had transpired to create them, and
they even had a few puzzles, albeit fairly simple ones. And the sets!
Good lord, it's like SH became a real place! I couldn't stop giggling
with glee every time I saw a location I had played at. The graphics
were just beautiful (the world rusting and peeling away, floating up
like ash- I got chills!), and the music, naturally, was perfect (love
you, Yamaoka!). I even enjoyed the "memory" bit, with the blinding
white screen and the scratchy film quality (it felt a little like SH1).
So much just went so right with this movie, I was ecstatic.
...And then, about a third of the way through, it's like they ran out of steam. Admittedly, there's not much that could have been done with the endings from the games in terms of a transfer to film. But going on what felt like a never-ending gore-fest like that... I dunno. It just felt like a cop-out to me. I just kept wondering "Sooooo, she's raping Christabella... why?". And the dancing in the blood thing... maybe a touch over the top. It just came across as silly to me. Also, as many people pointed out, Bean's character felt like a last minute addition, mostly because it was, but it had it's uses (digging up background info on SH, showing that Rose is permanently trapped within Sharon/Alessa/the demon's dreams in the end...).
Nonetheless, I highly recommend this movie to fans of the game- all your favorite locations and landmarks, all your favorite monsters, all those feelings of anxiety and terror in the Otherworld, it's all there. I, for one, plan on buying the DVD so I can get some subtitles on this thing, and to catch some of the writings on the walls. I just hope they'll have some good extras on it to make up for that ending...