Movies based on video games have a less-than-stellar history. When Hollywood tries to mix with Silicon Valley, the result is usually a "zany" action movie that perverts the premise of the game it’s based on (Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon), or a mindless beat-’em-up where the characters stop punching just long enough to deliver some horrible dialogue. (Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Street Fighter: the Movie). The abysmal critical and financial failure of these early attempts hasn’t stopped moviemakers or audiences, though. Last summer alone saw both the huge-budgetcomputer-animated Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and the largely undeserved box office success of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. These movies point to a willingness on the part of both studios and audiences to keep trying this video game movie thing until a good one turns up. We can all stop trying. Resident Evil is that good video game movie we’ve all been waiting for.

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