notasfarwest’s review published on Letterboxd:
even as the first film in a franchise, for most of the running time there's so little that's extraneous here. a lot of the fight scenes seem to take place in huge flat empty spaces, and i don't know enough abt the video game series to know if this is a commentary on that or not but from the guy who made resident evil: retribution i could believe that its an intentional choice. really liked the second act of this and i wish they went full hell in the pacific and made that the whole film with the language unsubtitled.
the little bit of exposition that shows up in the last third is my main complaint - it makes this feel like a successor in form to resident evil: the final chapter but with too much fat - but it's sorta remarkable how little of it there is in such a big production backed by multi-national corporations. it has the same superfast pacing as those previous films, too, so the parts i'm less keen on go by extremely fast. hoping we get sequels so he can refine the formula. kicks around some stuff about colonialism (hard not to considering the source material) that could be built on further too.