100 Min. | Action – Horror – Sci-Fi | July 2002
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Staring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey
Resident Evil Review: In Resident Evil, the Umbrella Corporation is a top secret company operating from a massive underground facility known as The Hive. After a deadly virus is released into the air, resulting in the deaths of all who work there, an elite squad of soldiers is sent in to shut down The Hive before the virus has a chance to escape into general population of the city above. It’s here that they come across Alice (Mila Jovovich) who has no memory of who or where she is. As they continue down into The Hive, Alice starts to regain her memory bit by bit, but they all soon discover that shutting down the The Hive is the least of their worries when they learn that the human population have returned to life as vicious zombies.
Resident Evil is one of the much more enjoyable game-to-movie adaptations as usually these are pretty mediocre or just plain awful (Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Super Mario Bros. etc), and fans of the game should be pretty pleased with this movie version as well, especially as the makers of the movie have brought in the formidable creature known as Licker who features in the game also. The action for Resident Evil is really good, which is accompanied by a pumping soundtrack to get the adrenalin going that wee bit more as well. A good few special effects are really well done also, especially in the scene that involves the Red Queen using a laser as a defence system, and the effects for Licker was impressive making it just as scary in Resident Evil as it was in the game.
Just one thing – this isn’t a gore-fest of a zombie movie either and concentrates more toward the story, so if you’re expecting (or hoping for) lots of splatter then you’ll be highly disappointed. Resident Evil is an enjoyable film to watch. It’s not a thinker of a movie, obviously, but it’s not supposed to be and doesn’t pretend to be either. Also, don’t expect an exact game-to-movie film. It’s an adaptation of the game, so enjoy Resident Evil for what it is – a good zombie horror action film.