October 10th, 2004


Living in the future

Remember all those futuristic films from the 70s and 80s where the elite live in towering cities of glass and steel surrounded by incredible computers and magic technology, while out in the wastelands live the barbarian hordes, trying to eke a living from the desert sands while the city-dwellers looked down upon and generally ignored them?

Suddenly I've realised that that wasn't the future at all.

I'm living in a largely utopian _today_, while others are living in a dystopian hell.

I give, but I don't really think I give enough. Once my debts are down to a more controlled level (soon) I'll be upping my charitable donations.

Now _this_ is a review

Work out what the producers intended, identify the target audience and then review it in the manner that will point the correct people in its direction and warn everyone else away:

Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse is as magnificently stupid as you'd expect the sequel to a film based on a computer game franchise to be. It's far better than the first Resident Evil, and its more fun than the Tomb Raider movies, if only because you get not one by two semi-clothed, back-flipping beauties for your money. You also get ravenous corpses, undead dogs, exploding helicopters, a motorbike crashing through a stained-glass window, and a genetically-engineered, bazookea-wielding mega-zombie, plus an encouraging measure of anti-corporate subversion. If you're male and too young to get into the film without fake ID, it could well be the greatest thing you've ever seen in your life.

From today's Independent. Doesn't seem to be online, sadly.