Videogame adaptation concerning the exposure of a deadly virus in an underground laboratory, and the levels that the loose-wired computer will go to keep it contained.It plays out as nothing more than another modern spin on Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game,” a theme that director Paul “W.S.” Anderson (not to be confused with “P.T.A.”) explores in his hack sci-fi work and other videogame translations (Event Horizon, Mortal Kombat). As a role-playing game-cum-movie, it reasonably offers vicarious involvement through the role of different “players,” albeit schlocky vicarious involvement. The game-playing world has a long way to go in the film world despite the pre-establishment of the game’s storyline. (Unlike the comic book world, which still trails these days, the conceptualization starts out fleshier, inasmuch as it begins in storyboard/panel form.) Videogames bend more forcefully towards the fortuitous, as the different options for characters allow many alternatives in the development. Resident Evil is not a step up, but a regurgitation of the schemes that keep this, and movies of its kind, behind.
With Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez and Eric Mabius.[Redeemable.]