The resolution to the movie is satisfactory and over all this is a good rental.
The plot centers around the Umbrella Corporation’s secret lab. A virus breaks out and infects everyone in the facility. The master computer knows what the virus can do an proceeds to kill everyone in the facility using halon, sprinklers, and elevators. A team is sent in to deactivate the computer.
The movie plods along predictably with a few surprises. The end of the movie has a Rod Serlin twist that I liked. They are already working on Resident Evil 2, due to come out July 4th, 2003.
Blade is originally a comic book character, though I did not know that going into the first one. I’ve still never see one of his comic. The mood of the movie is very dark but not so dark that you cannot see the special effects like in the American Godzilla movie. The scenes are well lit.
The movie mixes computer animation and live wire work to create some very memorable fight scenes. The computer animation is well edited into the scenes so it’s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. One character hits another character. The camera cuts to a wide shot showing the other character flying back. The wide shot is computer animated but blends well with the close ups.
The bad guys are formidable with a face the Predator would love. If you like good action movies and are not squeemish about the gore, it’s a good rental.
What I found interesting about this movie is that (almost) all of the characters are compasionate and seem to honestly be trying to help him. James Woods plays the heart surgeon who is donating his time. Robert Duval is the police negotiator who is straight forward with John during the stand off. Even Anne Heche comes off as resembing a human being.
The antagonist in this story in the end is the system. It’s a worthly rental if you enjoy movies like Erin Brockovich.
Stuart Townsend’s portrail of Lestat is very similar to Tom Cruise’s Lestat. Aaliyah character is interesting. Her character is pretty flat so it’s hard to judge her acting.
If you liked the first movie or are a fan of the novels, then this movie is a required watch. You don’t need to have seen the first movie to follow this movie but it helps to put the characters together.