An elite group of soldiers on a covert mission to retrieve a scientist from an underground lab encounter an ancient evil in the facility.An elite group of soldiers on a covert mission to retrieve a scientist from an underground lab encounter an ancient evil in the facility.An elite group of soldiers on a covert mission to retrieve a scientist from an underground lab encounter an ancient evil in the facility.
The story follows an elite military unit as it goes underground, into an underground laboratory to retrieve a civilian after some unknown biological/radiological/chemical disaster. What the team discovers, is that something ancient and sinister has been unleashed, and it's up to them to make certain the evil can't escape into the world (while figuring out a way to survive said evil at the same time).
To be fair, Cuba Gooding, Jr. is the MAN. His performance rocks, as does his acting. However, the film's dialogue and delivery by his fellow cast members is less than memorable. One couldn't use the "f-bomb" more than the actors do, even if being promised a billion dollars at day's end. Why do writers think that using the f-bomb someone makes for good drama? When have you ever heard two people talking in real life like this? It makes the dialogue feel forced. People don't always say things trying to sound "cool," and those who do sound like idiots (as do actors saying these things as they try to sound "cool").
Although the concept seemed new, it felt old. Actors running around in a "closed" building makes for a cheap film, but a very stale movie. Guns, blood and cheap special effects do not a good movie make (but they apparently make money, considering it was on the Blockbuster shelf as a "best seller" – go figure, eh. Just goes to show that we all have different tastes).
The visual feel of the movie is constant – too light for the actors to need their ever constant flash lights, and too clear to be anything but poorly utilized digital cameras. No grit. No texture. Not very visually compelling.
If you've seen Resident Evil, you've seen a far better version of this film. Rent it if you must, but just watch it with lowered expectations, or you'll want to gouge your eyes out. Watch it looking to just have a good two-hours free of thought or care, then you're set.
- Jun 9, 2009