Originally Posted by DarkVenture
This movie is visual eye candy only. Attractive women with guns and various high tech gadgets. It's visually stunning and the sound track is extremely good as well.
Beyond that, forget about it. That dialogue is mostly just a series of grunts. The villains are boring, unintelligent, and most of them are wearing masks. And yeah, once you see the exact same masked character getting shot 500 times it starts to get a little repetitive. I also tire of automatic weapons that can spray an unlimited number of bullets without ever needing to be reloaded. According to this movie, World War 2 could have been fought entirely with just one spare magazine in a soldier's boot.
For visual appeal, action, sound track and sound effects, I would give it 9 / 10. For everything else that makes a film desirable, like plot, characters, storytelling, realism, meaning, I would give it 1 / 10. The only things that were 3 dimensional in this movie were the cameras filming it.
I think it possibly useful just here to reassert that this is a RESIDENT EVIL movie. There might not be a very sound scientific foundation for the notion that folks can remain animate and ambulatory whilst dead for many months sans sustenance, or presumably without retaining any of the ongoing functions associated with living creatures.
That said, it is as deep as you want to make it. There are themes of what constitutes life or death, the nature of having individual identity, how much of our day to day reality might be illusory, etc. I think tantalizing themes such as these are what resonate so strongly with humans through vampire and zombie genres, and why these genres show such dominance through our cultures.
Does this movie explore any of those issues in an attempt to be deep, or answer all the mysteries of life? My personal impression would be that it does not, but just as with any phase or aspect of living one's own life, you can breath depth into it, or wander blithely through it, never bothering to ponder the implications.
In any event, as to the reloading guns issue -- things such as that I tend to deal with by asking if it is useful or desirable to me to have every mechanic of implementation shown to me -- in a WWll movie, I don't really need to see ammunition being made in a factory and then follow the shipment to know it got to the front -- that would not necessarily be the focus or intent -- if you are dealing with the spraying of gunfire, that is what you'll likely see depicted. That is what we get here. Often in a WWII movie you never see any reloading either, or even any reference to limitations of ammunition -- obviously wasn't the focus, I would then surmise.
I think "thinker flicks" do have their place. My life has never been utterly altered from the ground up from having seen one, so do they ultimately carry any more weight than a "purely superficial" entertainment? Maybe you think about them more, maybe you feel something a little deeper. Movies of that type I mostly won't put on my home theater set-up, since often there proves to be no compelling reason to do so -- I can watch for what they offer on my regular TV and pretty much derive the full force of them.
For that matter, one might read a book -- probably a great deal more to think about there, even just from spending more time with it. I like movies for what they can uniquely offer -- entertainment which fuses music, sound effects, action visuals, etc. -- one might even offer up that plot, character development, etc., distracts from and dilutes or corrupts the sensory stimulation. Art movements have been predicated on the premise that storytelling, even figurative representation, is not the proper function of the visual medium. It is purely a matter of perspective.
So do I really think these filmmakers intended to make a much deeper movie but failed? No, I think they pretty much perfected what they have been shooting for, which one might claim is what pure filmmaking cinematic presentation ought to be. I personally was enriched by their efforts, though if I wanted to get mired in philosophy, I might be inclined to read a thick book.