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"Evil Never Dies..... Apparently"
The majority of people who have seen Resident Evil will be aware of its video game background. Capcom's famous horror survival zombie game that has been actively updating the series with new installments for over 15 years. While this film isn't a necessity for the franchise, more of a solid money maker, it has not been made half-*rsed.. although they unwittingly created an abomination of a set of films with the release of several sequels. With a story that doesn't tie into any of the games, its creators have been pretty brave by coming up with an original story that manages to stand fine on its own, instead of using and abusing characters from the games (which the series would later go on to do). Clearly marketed at a younger audience despite its 15 rating, teenagers know the films connection with the games and pretty much just want to see some gory zombie action, something that Resident Evil is surprisingly scarce on..
"I shot her five times. How was she still standing? ...B*tch isn't standing now." (Characters)
5 years after playing a lead role the 1997 blockbuster 'The Fifth Element', Milla Jovovich surprisingly stars in RE, as Alice, a complete enigma suffering from the effects of amnesia. The role would prove another career booster as it guaranteed her about a thousand more paycheques for future franchise releases as well as gaining more roles. Thanks to her characters condition, she unravels as the film rolls on, starting off as a confused, introverted damsel in distress, watching on as her captors/protectors get annihilated, then regaining acrobatic skills and fighting styles later on, with a kick ass attitude. For me, Michelle Rodriguez steals the show with her devil may care mindset and direct personality as Rain, an assault rifle firing grease-monkey. Her role gives her the chance to display several kinds of emotions and offers up varying scenarios, playfully flirting one minute and unloading an entire clip into a zombie the next (and of course getting a death/zombie scene). Both Eric Mabius and James Purefoy, who feature throughout the film, seem play bitpart roles on the sidelines despite both having key story components, one tying into Alice's story, the other introducing a new character in Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Everyone else is practically expendable - cannon fodder ready to be eaten, lasered, torn apart or just disposed of for laughs (Kaplan, the stuttering techie for example). In fact, to make for a more tense, frightening atmosphere, the combatants are pretty much killed off in the space of 2 minutes where actors you thought were essential to the progression of the story, are suddenly cut out and literally fall to pieces.
"You're all going to die down here." (Plot)
You can't go wrong officially starting a film with a naked Milla Jovovic wrapped in a shower curtain.. But they show an office get filled with a chemical that kills all the staff and an elevator decapitation to sweeten the deal anyway. Jovovic awakens to find herself in a massive mansion soon raided by a team of swat like men and woman dressed in black jumpsuits with machine guns who proceed to take her with them (along with a random intruder who is handcuffed) on a mission into a secret doorway leading to 'The Hive'. On the way they pick up another randomer who like Alice, is suffering from amnesia. I really don't need to sell this story because it's cheap enough anyway. There must be about 3 casual conversations compared to the countless explanations of the situation, reporting and planning what to do next. People yell at each other for a bit and then finally explain what is going on - the team have been dispatched to enter the top secret research facility and find out why the places defence mechanism was triggered and why contact had been severed. The group trudge through offices, metallic hallways and iron works and end up getting wasted when they accidentally trigger a trap and get lasered to ribbons - which is pretty cool. With half the cast left, they discover the 'Red Queen' AI has been the cause of all the chaos and decide to shut her down. Big mistake as it causes more bad then good, killing lights, unlocking doors, opening cages...
"She bit me, man. She took a chunk clean right outa' me!" (Relation to Games)
Thanks to a brief introduction about Umbrella corporation and their base underneath the fictional Racoon City, it becomes clear that there will be some related content (Umbrella being responsible for the T-Virus and Racoon City being the setting for games 2 and 3 where said virus is unleashed). It has the dark science behind some of the creations seen in-game, such as the 'licker' and also the explanation behind undead dogs and humans via animal testing and experimentation. The commandos that explore 'the hive' however, are not the usual suspect, S.T.A.R.S but instead, employees of Umbrella Corp, sent to investigate a rogue VI (Virtual Intelligence). Of course there is gratuitous amounts of weaponry and gunfire, eccentric clothing (Alice) and the science facility containing it all in a confined space. Other than that and the abundance of zombies, there isn't anything from the games to get excited about... at least not in this one...
Manson Madness (Soundtrack)
Another shock upon release was that Marilyn Manson had produced the official soundtrack of the film, with his brand of instrumental, electro, pulsing, industrial rock. He does a grand job in making action scenes more exciting than they are (particularly when shot in slow motion). He manages to capture the feeling of dread when people are in danger, matching the gravity of the situation, be it during dissection, decapitation or down right epic fighting (see Alice Vs. Dog for cheese). The credits also feature the band Slipknot and their single from 'Iowa', 'My Plague' which is conveniently in-keeping with the theme. This over the end credits and the lazer scene are probably the best 5 minutes of the film.
It makes for a decent rental, lazy viewing where you don't have to take anything in or pay attention thanks to it fast pace, alright special effects and make up (but poor cgi) Admittedly, I may have viewed it in a more positive light after comparing it to its several sequels but still, credit where it's sort of due..
An underground facility called the hive has developed a virus which causes the dead to once again walk the earth with only an incredible hunger for the taste of human flesh keeping them going which has been released. We are introduced to Alice a young woman who wakes up in a mansion suffering from memory loss.
Alice comes across a group of people who were sent to investigate what went wrong in the hive. What they discover down in the hive is stuff of nightmares as they discover what has happened to the innocent people who worked down there.
Milla Jovovich as Alice
Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo
Eric Mabius as Matt Addison
James Purefoy as Spence Parks
Martin Crewes as Chad Kaplan
Wow I am a big fan of zombie movies. From the begining of this movie there are excellent special effects, such as the closed off passage way that three of the characters were stuck in. Where there are deadly red beams that create maximum damage to all that are hit by them. The actors are extremely good intheir roles Milla Jovovich who plays lead lady alice plays each moment with skill as her character finds that her memory returns and each new memory is portrayed to the audience in an extraudinary fashion.
Id recomend this movie to anyone who is a fan of the horror movies as not only does this movie offer gore but we experience the emotional rollercoaster that each character goes through plus the extremely well written script just adds to the great overall effect of the movie
With the release of Resident Evil: Afterlife edging closer, I thought it may be time to revisit the first two movies, and finally see the third!
Released in 2002, Resident Evil is based on the old computer games of the same name, I think they were for PC and PlayStation?
The opening scene shows, what seems to be, a normal office block filled with staff. People fetching coffee, catching up and getting into elevators. However, after a minute or so, some kind of gas is released into the building and all of the staff are killed.
The main character of the movie is Alice (Milla Jovovich). The first time we see Alice, she wakes up laying in her shower, with no recollection of where or who she is. However, evidence around her home suggests that she is married but does not live a normal life. She is soon seized by a group of commandos who explain that Alice works for the Umbrella Corporation and that they have been sent to investigate why all of the staff in the 'Hive' have been killed.
When the group descend into the Hive, which is situated underneath the mansion that Alice has woken up in, they soon come across some 'survivors' of the gas incident. However, when these survivors start attacking the group and trying to bite them, it is obvious, to us, that these are zombies!
The rest of the movie consists of the group fighting for their lives to make their way out of the Hive, whilst being attacked by zombie dogs and 'nemesis'. They also discover a cure for whatever is turning these people, called the T-Virus. As one of their crew has been bitten by a zombie, they then set out to find the virus.
Jovovich gives an amazing performance throughout the movie and I have not met a man yet who does not think she is amazingly sexy in Resident Evil! If you are a zombie or action fan, this is definately the movie for you, espcially the men!
Movie Length: 101 minutes
Director: Paul Anderson
Country: United States
Milla Jovovich as Alice
Michelle Rodriguez as Rain Ocampo
Eric Mabios as Matt Addison
James Purefoy as Spence Parks
The story is set in a secret underground laboratory where Umbralla Corporation is doing illegal genetic research. The film begins with a man who leaves the laboratory with stolen materials, but before he leaves he releases a deadly virus. The laboratory is very modern and has a security system, called 'Red Queen', which manages and protects everything. At the time that the system detects the virus, it does everything to prevent the virus from spreading to the outside world and seals the laboratory off and kills all the people inside.
The film continues with Alice waking up on the floor of a villa that's right on top of the laboratory. She can't remember anything what happened and walks around confused trough the house until suddenly a commando team invades the house. The team has the task to find out what is happening in the laboratory. They need to get into the laboratory and need Alice to go with them. The Red Queen tries hard to prevent them from coming in and even kills a few, but soon they will figure out that the Red Queen is maybe not their biggest treat.
The performances are good in this movie. Milla Jovovich is being the lead in this movie and does a really good job. I know her from another film called The Fifth Element. She is convincing in her role that she really can't remember anything of her life but then at the same time she still knows how to handle herself in fight situations. She's very convincing in these action scenes and is maybe her strongest point. Another well-known in this film is Michelle Rodriguez, you probably know from the series Lost and the movie The Fast And The Furious. She is mostly known for her toughness. In this film she plays the role of Rain, one of the commands sent to get into the laboratory. She does this role well and is strong and serious. Really good performances.
No extras! Always a missed opportunity.
Resident Evil is one of my favorite movies and love to watch it again and again. It's a good action movie, but also a thriller and a little bit science fiction/fantasy. You won't be bored while watching this movie because from the beginning who are pulled into the story and thought there wasn't a weak or boring moment. I hated though the scenes with the crazy dogs attacking Alice and the rest of the team and had nightmares after the first time I watched the movie. It's certainly a violent movie with lots of violent scenes, so you really have to like that. The acting is really good and loved Milla Jovovich as Alice. It's a shame that there are no extras to be found on this DVD.
The zombie genre is plagued with misfortune at the box office. People just aren't interested in flesh-eating monsters that go around in groups at painfully slow speeds hunting down any warm blooded meat. The more gore there is, the less likely the film is bound to succeed financially. Critics can sometimes relate to the genre, with several films of George A. Romero's "Living Dead" series consistently taking up reasonably high ranks in any "Best Horror Films" lists. Videogame adaptations on the other hand, are less fortunate both financially and critically. They tend to flop severely, and directors like Uwe Boll give the genre a bad name. Lacking substance, good actors, convincing special effects and coherent plot, possibly due to budget constraints when it comes to financing the films, the transition from videogame to screen hasn't been met with much success. So imagine putting the zombie and the videogame together - what do you get? "Resident Evil;" a surprise hit that has spawned three sequels so far and god knows how many more in the future.
"Resident Evil" is certainly not a great film, but it's an enjoyable one. It knows how to keep certain members of the audience interested throughout with its bursts of good action, a satisfying amount of gore that gives the chills, and most importantly, an attractive and competent heroine. And that person is Milla Jovovich, a healthy looking, well-built actress who gives the franchise its physical, brutal and honest action scenes. She's not beautiful, and she doesn't need to be - she's a warrior after all. But at the start of the film, her character has absolutely no idea. Alice (Jovovich) wakes up in the shower without remembering anything. She has no clue as to who she is and what she's doing lying naked in her bathroom. She wonders about, but is soon met by an elite military unit sent by the powerful Umbrella Corporation. A deadly virus has escaped in a secret underground research facility called "The Hive" and a supercomputer called "The Red Queen" has taken specific measures to seal the place off completely. The unit was sent to investigate and isolate the virus before it leaks outside to the rest of humanity. To do so the team must get past the deadly defence mechanisms set up by "The Red Queen," as well as the flesh-eating zombies (the ex-employees, basically) which have been created by the virus. If you're bitten by one of these creatures, it means you're infected yourself and will turn into one of them. Is there a cure? No one knows for sure. Alice regains more and more of her memory as she travels with the group and finds herself to be more involved in the scheme than she could have ever imagined. Can she be of any help? Will the group survive?
It may seem a little long-winded and scientific but you'll soon realise just how dead simple everything really is. It doesn't make too much sense as to why imperfect humans would be sent down to check up on a supercomputer's near-perfect security measures. But we have to be willing to forgive that hiccup to truly enjoy the rest of the film. There is a fair amount of build-up, although hardly any time is spent looking at the characters themselves and why should they? We know that at least more than half of the team is going to die anyway. Isn't it more fun skipping to the action rather than staying focused on someone who will be off the screen in approximately ten minutes? The only person who is given a relative amount of a background story is obviously Alice, but the questions surrounding her true identity aren't even addressed until later on in the film. Director Paul W. S. Anderson wants to entertain us first, before dealing with all the serious stuff, tying up all the loose ends.
Action scenes come in two very different styles, depending on who the good guys are fighting. When they're up against the zombies, there are guns, fists and all sorts of tools but when dealing with "The Red Queen," weapons are useless, and they must rely on their brains. Sounds like exactly what you would expect from playing a videogame - and it does take a frustratingly long time for the team to realise that the zombies can only be killed with a severe trauma to the heads and some of the intense dramatic moments don't work mostly because not all the actors are up for the challenge. But the action sequences are undeniably fun, no matter how disappointing the rest of the film may be. The blue cutting razor scene in particular is a moment that packs in much excitement in a relatively short period of time.
Would it be wrong to classify this as a horror film? Yes and no. There are zombies involved, so technically it should be, but are they ever scary enough? Definitely not. It appears the filmmakers have given up on the horror aspect completely, since they don't even bother with any cheap jump scares that too many people are relying on nowadays. So if you're going in to watch this thinking this will scare you even remotely, you will be sorely disappointed. The zombies don't look menacing at all and "Resident Evil" is more interested in focusing on the Corporation conspiracy, Alice and slick action. As a zombie/horror film, this falls well below anything Romero ever came up with, but "Resident Evil" is an odd one to classify. A brainless action with hints of sci-fi and horror, there's no harm in watching a film like this once in a while - a light, R&R session for your mind that's been dealing with way too much.
BE WARNED SPOILER ALERTS!!!! I know a lot of people don't like this movie as it doesn't hold true to the games, but as a standalone movie I thought it was really impressive, fair enough the CGI on the Lickers isn't very good and the zombie dragging the axe with the dodgy foot was a bit naff as well but I thought the tone was really claustrophobic!
I felt nervous for the characters throughout the film, seeing that clinical setting with some of the zombies in lab coats it still makes me shiver thinking about it. The Red queen with her complete calmness about killing hundreds of people and not caring about human life just containing the infection would be scary to hear from an adult let alone in a child's voice.
I first watched this film when I was about 14 and it gave me nightmares, I still enjoy the series now I'm older too. The presents Milla Jovovich as the main character is an added bonus which makes me very happy as well.
Overall this is one of my favorite Zombie films ever so if your into the genre don't overlook this as it was spawned from video games!
Resident Evil is a sci fi horror title based on puzzle-based survival horror computer game franchise Resident Evil, and takes place between the course of the first and second games.
Around 90 minutes long, the film follows the events of a few non-canon characters who happen to become trapped in the secret underground lab of the shady Umbrella Corporation, their only means of escape being to battle through hordes of undead zombies, vicious mutants and monsters who are all infected with the 'T-Virus' and are operating under the whims of the facility's built in artificial intelligence, the Red Queen.
The movie is action packed and pretty entertaining, but has a few too many bells and whistles and flashy effects. The plot is a little bit convoluted and not at all relevant to the franchise, apart from the occasional nod to the games which only a select few fans will get. The casting is pretty good, especially in the choice of lead protagonist who is played by the queen of kicking ass, Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Joan of Arc...) who puts in a stunning action performance with all her own stunts, looking damn fine throughout.
You don't have to have played the games to enjoy the film, but it would probably help a little to get a feel for the setting and a sense of context. Either way, its not the best zombie film, but it's always good to see film adaptations of videogames that aren't completely sucky. It's pretty well directed and well-conceived, but it does drag a little bit in the middle. If you're a Resi fan, it's probably best to look at this film as just being loosely based on the series you love, rather than scrutinizing every minor anachronism or use of artistic license. It's a fun, cool movie that doesn't really take itself too seriously, and you shouldn't either. Recommended.
Resident Evil is one of those unfortunate films that is based on a popular video game, it follows Alice (Mila Jovovich) and Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) two commandos investigating a deadly virus which has escaped in a genetic research facility which is sealed off killing all within it. Alice and rain and a team of commandos investigate what happened but discover that the workers are not really dead, they are now unfortunately hungry undead zombies, the commandos find out that being bitten or cut by the zombies will make them turn into undead themselves.
The military team are informed they have three hours to discover the cause of the virus and destroy it, the zombies, the computer controlling the complex and a crazed creature known as the Licker (No, honestly!). Will the team complete the mission, if not the earth will become infected, the team also have to discover who released the virus intentionally to create the mayhem and destruction.
Milla Jovovich ... Alice
Michelle Rodriguez ... Rain Ocampo
Eric Mabius ... Matt Addison
James Purefoy ... Spence Parks
Martin Crewes ... Chad Kaplan
Colin Salmon ... One
Ryan McCluskey ... Mr. Grey
Oscar Pearce ... Mr. Red
Indra Ové ... Ms. Black
Anna Bolt ... Dr. Green
Joseph May ... Dr. Blue
Robert Tannion ... Dr. Brown
Heike Makatsch ... Dr. Lisa Addison
Jaymes Butler ... Clarence the Security Guard
Stephen Billington ... Mr. White
Unfortunately this film fits into the category of good video game, shame about the film, it is full of gory violence, but the story lacks cohesion, the acting is for the most part laughable and the gore isn't particularly scary, the Zombies seem to be more slightly tired than undead while the lead character is a teenage boys fantasy but not a film goers, she wears very little and says very little(of substance), the film peters out and whilst it follows the plot of the game, you can get away with lack of cohesion in a game if its fun, in a film it makes it uneven and disjointed.
Overall this is a disappointing film that will appeal only to the most avid fans of the game, if you want a Zombie film, Shaun of the Dead is on tv tonight and is ten times better than this!
The DVD is available for £3.88 on Amazon.
when i first saw this film i was a little unsure about it as some zombie films can be very bad and not well thought out. i found this movie to be excellent however and along with the other two films in this trilogy, it has become one of my favourite films.
this film was written and directed by Paul W.S Anderson and stars the likes of milla jovovich, michelle rodriguez and eric mabius
it was released in 2002 and has had three other movies following it, one of which is animated.
before the film starts we catch a glimpse behind the seens and get an inside look in to how later events in the film occur. we are shown a scene from the unmbrella corperation laboratories and see the strange events that occur when a toxic chemical is released in to the atmosphere.
the main part of the film starts with a girl waking up in what we assume is her home, she appears to have been knocked unconcious and can not remember where she is. we see her walking round the house picking out things of interest and having flashes of memories. the peace of the house i soon disturbed however when mamy armed men storm the house. another man is found and is taken underarms. next we see the opening of a hidden room and from there begins the nightmare that could doom the world.
a brilliant film based upon previous games by capcom, about a virus which is released and turn anyone it comes in to contact with in to a zombie, with no control of itself and no memories of what it once was.
Resident Evil was released in 2002 and is a science fiction horror film. It is the first film in the series, with the fourth being announced this year. It is rated 15 due to strong language, mild sexual references and lots of violence and scientific horror.
Deep beneath Racoon City, the Umbrella Corporation built a scientists lab called the Hive where employees work on generic research. Someone gains access to the Hive and while trying to steal their experiments, all hell breaks loose. The Hive has a computer defence system and detects the virus that has been let loose and shuts itself down, killing everyone inside.
Alice wakes up in a deserted mansion in the shower and has no idea what happened to her. While she is trying to figure it out she meets Matt but as soon as she does, the house is over taken by a special forces team who arrest her and Matt, taking them down into the Hive with them.
The special forces team were sent down there to find out why it shut itself down, but everyone gets more than they bargained for and it's a race against time before the Hive shuts down again.
Milla Jehovah - Alice
Michelle Rodriguez - Rain
Eric Mabius - Matt
James Purefov - Spence
Martin Crewes - Chad
Colin Salmon - One
Cast and film maker's commentary
4 featurettes - Scoring, costumes, set designs and zombie camera tests
This film was based on the game of the same name but I haven't really played it. I played it once when I was about 11 but the zombie in the corridor eating someone scared me and I didn't get much further than that so because of this, I don't really know how any of the films differ from the games. I'm quite glad I haven't played the games because I hate picking at films because they differ too much from their inspiration. I only really knew the characters' names from the game and was expecting them to be in this, but I wasn't disappointed that they weren't. It didn't really make a difference to me.
The casting was fantastic all round and there wasn't really anyone I disliked, even Michelle Rodriguez who I normally hate with a passion was pretty good.
Milla Jovovich, despite her being criticised for her acting abilities, was amazing. I've always enjoyed her films and never found her performances flat or boring. I think she plays the hard chick very well but I don't really see why she was put in a dress slit up to her thigh but least the slit made sense so she could move around with ease. I know really this was only to draw the guys in but it just seemed a bit silly to me.
As I said earlier, I normally hate Michelle Rodriguez but I loved her in this. I thought it was a really good idea to not have just one hard chick in the film and she had a real contrast compared to Milla Jovovich. Her character Rain has some really good one liners and was very interesting. I felt Rodriguez's performance was very genuine and believable and she was an asset to the film.
Even Eric Mabius of Ugly Betty and a small role in the OC for a while was pretty good. At the beginning of the film he didn't really say or do a lot but he got much more interesting throughout the film when he started to come out of his shell and his story became more apparent. Although he isn't really the typical hot guy for us girls, he isn't too bad looking and thankfully isn't a huge muscle man trying to be the hero.
I knew from watching a friend play one of the resident evil games that dogs were turned into zombies and I'm really glad they used this in the film. These things scared me a bit more than the actual zombies and I thought they were quite jumpy and made me shout at the TV. Me and my sister both sat there screaming 'RUN!' when they came on screen. I'm such a wimp sometimes. The dogs look damn well mean and I think more terrifying than the zombies, who were super slow compared to these. I wonder why dogs don't loose their brains and become really slow like the humans did?
The fighting scenes in Resident Evil was good, although not as impressive as in the other films. Watching Milla Jovovich run up walls and snap necks with her legs was pretty fun to watch but it also made me quite jealous. Not of the snapping necks of course, but because I want to be able to do that.
I think the effects in the film were also really good and seemed very futuristic, especially in the Hive. I loved the computerised defence mechanism known as The Red Queen and thought it was great to involve the Hive itself into the story. I'd be very scared if other places had the defence system just before the main room that this film had. It kind of reminded me of the Cube. Maybe that's where they stole the idea from.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film and love it as much as the second film. This film has something for everyone, gore, action, a small love story and some major ass kicking. I can't wait for the fourth film to come out, especially if it involves multiple Alice's.
For years some of our favourite video games have been butchered by Hollywood's increasingly pathetic attempts at live-action remakes, mainly due to inadequate acting and repeated plot genocide. As I expected, Resident Evil was no exception.
Resident Evil, loosely based on Capcom's horror/survival classic of the same name, is a load of high budget zombie nonsense that is about as far from the original plot as humanly possibly. The film revolves around Alice (Milla Jocovich), an amnesiac security officer who awakens outside the entrance to the Hive, a top-secret underground research facility owned by the Umbrella Corperation. After being accosted an irritatingly gun-ho commando unit she, and two other survivors, are taken into the bowels of the Hive, where the security system has inexplicably killed the entire staff. However, the reason soon becomes painfully apparent. Umbrella was working on a lethal viral agent known as the T-virus, which had escaped turning the entire facility into zombie central. Now up to their eyes in the generic undead the team must fight their way out of the Hive, before the automatic security system locks them in forever.
To be honest the title of this film is merely coincidental, since it hardly contains anything that relates to the original video game. For a start the majority of the movie takes place in the Hive: an expectably unimaginative underground office block, instead of the game's infamous Mansion, which appears on-screen for about five minutes. The character of Alice is a rather dull creation on behalf of Paul Anderson, and to make matters worse none of the original game characters are included in the movie. Of course, they managed to include the zombies, who appears as a collection of low-tech shambling let-downs, and even the Cerberus, which for once were actually quite impressive. Thankfully they also had enough common sense to include the Tyrant, although they insisted on turning into a Licker. Well, at least they're actually using something from the game for a change.
Despite being released in 2002, a year when CGI was on the rise, the graphics still managed to be disappointing. The characters are two-dimensional and, on one than more occasion, incredibly annoying, making me genuinely glad every time one of them got eaten. This poorly directed example of zombie mayhem is an insult to the game, and an insult to the zombie genre, and the best place for it is in a lead container, at the bottom of a deep crater, on the moon, preferably one of Jupiter's.
Resident Evil is a 2002 horror film based on the infamous video games. To date there have been 5 Resident Evil games and 3 Resident Evil films, a fourth film is currently in discussions. The film was released July 12th 2002 in the UK and was greeted with mainly negative reviews. Despite the films negative reviews it happened to be a commercial success, it grossed an estimated $102,441,078 worldwide on a budget of $32,000,000.
The film is directed by Paul W. S. Anderson who happens to be engaged to the main star Milla Jovovich. He's directed: Death Race, Alien VS Predator, DOA: Dead Or Alive and he also produced the sequel to Resident Evil, Resident Evil Apocalypse.
As mentioned earlier, Milla Jovovich plays the lead role in the film. She is primarily a supermodel but also well known for appearing in numerous science fiction films including: The Fifth Element and all 3 Resident Evil films. Her co-stars include Michelle Rodriguez (Blue Crush) and Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty).
The Umbrella Corporation are a secret organisation genetic research facility, they operate in a place they call The Hive which is an underground chamber, non accessible to anyone outside The Umbrella Corporation. In a lab where hundreds of people work for the corporation, there is an out-break of a virus which kills everybody in the building... the only problem is they don't stay dead for long.
Elsewhere a woman has just woken up after being knocked out, Alice (Milla Jovovich), she doesn't know where she is or what has happened to her. When she begins to search the room she finds traces or herself such as a wedding photograph which she has no recollection of. The next thing she knows she's being dragged back inside the house by a man named Matt (Eric Mabius) who claims to be a police officer, seconds later the two are seized by numerous FBI Agents. The agents have been summoned down into The Hive to see what's happened, what they find down there is beyond their belief and the bad thing is that when the zombies attack they bite you and once you're bitten you have at most a couple of hours to live... only when you die you don't completely die!
Resident Evil is a film that I watched quite a few years ago and I thought it was fantastic, I was quite young so I probably didn't see it through the eyes that I watch films through these days. When I recently bought the box-set of all three films I was surprised at how much my opinion had changed regarding these films, with the exception of the third film Resident Evil Extinction I was actually quite disappointed with them.
First of all the plot line is very weak and not explained in great detail which makes it sometimes difficult to grasp what's going on at certain points in the film. As the film goes along you become a bit more familiar with the storyline which when you think about it is very mediocre. This is a story that has been so many times before and unfortunately I've seen it done better in other films, Dawn Of The Dead would be one example of how some of these storylines can be pulled off. I do believe that if there was a stronger storyline which was enforced throughout the film instead of just a 2 minute introduction at the beginning the film would have been a lot stronger and probably more enjoyable to watch.
Generally with films of this genre and the action genre I complain that there isn't enough action in them, well I don't mean to contradict myself here but I actually feel that there maybe a bit too much action here and not enough actual story. With the film being consumed by action sequences it doesn't give space for any character development which is a shame because I think that given maybe a better director this film could have been a lot better. Having said that, it does make the film move at a swift pace which means that it doesn't have time to drag or get boring and that's the one thing that Resident Evil has going for it, it's not dull. Within 5 minutes from the beginning the action has already begun and from then on there are action sequences constantly right through to the end. This makes it a very enjoyable film and gives it an advantage over Dawn Of The Dead as much of that film is taken up by talking. It would have been very good if it could find a happy medium and I think as the Resident Evil series goes along the director manages to fix it's flaws and make it that little bit better.
The acting isn't much to shout about. Casting Milla Jovovich as the lead I believe was purely based on her aesthetic capacity! I'm sure she can act but lets face it, this film is aimed at men, she's a supermodel so I'd say it was pretty easy to figure out why she was cast! Her part doesn't require much acting really, she simply has to stand there and look pretty in a short red dress which to her credit she does very well! I'd say that Michelle Rodriguez does a better job in her role than Milla Jovovich does in hers, she portrays more emotion in her character than anyone else in the cast does. Overall I would say that the acting in the film isn't great but with a film of this genre it doesn't really have to be so it's easily overlooked in favour of other things.
The ending of this film in a way is good because it leaves you on tenterhooks and leads right into the sequel with ease, as do all three films however I do think it's a relatively weak ending and even though it leads onto the sequel it still doesn't manage to piece everything together neatly like it should do whether it's a sequel or not. I actually feel that the ending was quite rushed and a bit of a disappointment.
Overall I'd say that Resident Evil is an enjoyable horror as long as you don't expect much from it, if you're looking for a more intelligent thriller then it's probably best to look elsewhere but if you want a film that doesn't require much intelligence, is full of action sequences and a supermodel not wearing much then this is the film for you!
Resident Evil is currently available from play.com for only £3.99 which is a good price if you haven't seen this and are unsure if you'll enjoy it or not. You can also buy all three films in the trilogy for £12.99.
The special features on the one disc edition include:
Audio commentary from the cast and crew
'The Making Of Resident Evil' documentary
'Scoring Resident Evil' featurette
'Set Design' featurette
Zombie camera tests
Slipknot 'My Plague' music video Easter egg (hidden feature)
Director: Paul Anderson
Producers; Jeremy Bolt, Albert Botha, Mike Gabrawy and Chris Symes
Writer: Paul Anderson.
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Colin Salmon, Heike Makatsch and Michaela Dicker
Released in mid 2002 this hour and 40 minute futuristic horror involves a hidden underground complex which hides some hideous and very dangerous secrets...
* BRIEF PLOT
Somewhere deep underneath a fictional place called Raccon City there hides a secret facility which is known as the Hive... when an experimental formula escapes into the underground atmosphere the security system, known as 'Red Queen', (voiced by Michaela Dicker), shuts the complex down, sealing everyone inside... much to their horror.
But when a bewildered girl named Alice, (played by Milla Jovovich) wakens in a deserted mansion her confused mind seems to be telling her that not all is what it seems... as she is taken by shuttle into a very dark and horrifying place by a team of commandos... led by someone called "the one", (played by Colin Salmon).
Inside the 'Hive' things go from bad to worse as the terrifying truth begins to emerge, putting Alice and her commando protectors in danger from the horrendously deformed mutants coming from the shadows... picking at the team one by one as they try to escape back to the freedom of the outside world, only for the Red Queen to have other ideas as to save the integrity of the hive and it's secret plans...
*Other important characters....
Rain Ocampo-Michelle Rodriguez
Matt Addison-Eric Mabius
Spence Parks-James Purefoy
Chad Kaplin-Martin Crewes
Dr Lisa Addison-Heike Makatsch
* IN CONCLUSION
I was unsure about this movie before I sat and watched it the other night as I had seen a few scenes at different times. I thought to myself 'this is a little like the dodgy zombie movies that are more comical than horrifying... but I was wrong, and pleasantly surprised by some of the rather frightening shots of the approaching horror, dripping with blood, hungry for fresh meat...
The story line is ok I suppose, with a basic idea of a small team of people doing their utmost to stop the world from falling apart... battling against time to save lives. Keeping the audience entertained in a way... (although probably not to every ones taste may I add).
The acting is what should be expected for the genre of movie, each actor giving there all to create a perfect character for their part in this rather bizarre movie... and bizarre it does become, with its insane approach to medical science and computer security devices...Although the rather scantily dressed Milla Jovovich does tend to add that little bit of sexiness to the viewing.
The beginning of the movie does start a little on the slow side but once the commandos kick in so does the action, (as you'd probably expect from some trigger happy soldiers)... the horror of the story really beginning to unfold as the soldiers descend into the pits of hell known as the Hive... giving the plot a great amount of suspense as the audience wonders what is hiding in the shadows of the compound, waiting to pounce.
Unfortunately, once the action really starts, the silliness does seem to set in regarding the 'creatures' in the compound, especially the not so cute little doggies which look like they have been dragged through a blender... (the type that never gets out of the dogs home because nobody loves them because of how they look..?)
It does come across as your typical blood lust, brain dead, flesh munching zombie type...( think of the living dead sagas and you're almost there)... but this one has that little extra 'oomph', but I suppose it's what you call the invention of CGIs..? giving it the upper hand compared to some earlier types..
And the ending does tend tell you that there will be a sequel to this rather energetic movie, with all its high kicking and rather well choreographed fight scenes, although some do seem a little silly with the slow motion attempts at action..?
In all a rather entertaining movie indeed, although, like I said earlier, not to every ones taste. It has everything a good movie requires to keep the viewing audience happy... it has action, thrills, spills, suspense, horror, more action, a little more suspense and that old thing that I like to call 'no-hope romance' ...(where two people fall for each other but you know one is going to be ripped apart by a savage porcupine or something).
It is worth watching, even if you rent a copy from blockbusters, or even borrow a copy from one of your friends, but it is worth watching at least once. Then if you want to add it to your collection then you can pop to amazon.co.uk and get a copy for less than 3 quid at the moment (28th/11/2008), or £17.99 thereafter.
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Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Michelle Rodriguez
Release Date: March 15th, 2002 (US), July 12th, 2002 (UK)
Certificate: R (US), 15 (UK)
It's no secret that the majority of game-to-film adaptations have been either horrendously cheesy (Super Mario Bros) or just down-right awful (see: any film by Uwe Boll). Resident Evil, however, is one of two great examples (the other being Silent Hill), where classically speaking, the film is highly flawed, but as far as fan service goes, it's top-notch.
Resident Evil is a highly successful computer game series (of which I am a huge fan), where the player must trawl through a number of dingy locales, attempting to evade zombies, mutated dogs, and other enemies that become larger and more imposing as the game continues. In computer game circles, it was highly innovative as being the first definitive entry into the "survival horror" genre, and the series has since spawned 4 direct sequels and countless other spin-offs.
Paul W.S. Anderson is no stranger to adapting computer games - he also directed the entertaining guilty pleasure Mortal Kombat, yet one was slightly miffed when Anderson was quoted as commenting that he never made it past the "first level" of Resident Evil, a game that doesn't even have levels! Purportedly, he later confessed that he just watched a number of cut scenes from the first game as his research. Considering that Anderson also wrote this film, this goes a way to explain why it isn't particularly faithful at all to any of the games, although to be fair to him, he still makes a pretty damn entertaining film here.
Resident Evil very quickly establishes itself as some sort of a hark back to the days of classic B-movies, with some fairly cheesy dialogue and acting, particularly from a man splashed with coffee in the opening moments of the film. This B-movie vibe is something recurrent almost entirely through the film, and I have to say that I found it quite charming. I have my doubts as to whether Anderson knew that he was propagating such a feeling, but regardless, it works a real treat. It's not quite "so bad it's good", mind.
The film's prologue explains that the mysterious Umbrella corporation are the largest commercial entity in the US, and how they have their fingers in a number of different, potentially dangerous, pies. From here, a pounding industrial rock soundtrack kicks in (which I found to actually be rather well-crafted by Marilyn Manson of all people) and the action gets started. We are shown "The Hive", an underground research facility that is sabotaged with a deadly virus in the film's opening moments, causing the Hive's mainframe computer (named "The Red Queen", a preposterous-looking hologram of a child with a British accent) to shut down everything and exterminate all of the Hive's 500 workers as a means of containing the incident.
Following a truly hilarious death where one remaining worker is killed by a lift, we're introduced to Alice (Jovovich), a security guard placed outside the Hive to protect it, who was gassed unconscious when everything went haywire, and as such has temporary amnesia. Soon enough, she's grabbed by Matt, a rather shady-looking man that claims to be a cop, and a commando team burst through the windows, grabbing Alice and Matt by the scruffs of their necks and taking them into the Hive. They quickly meet the equally-shady Spence here, also wracked with amnesia, and the roll call for Zombie Survival 101 is complete. We learn here that the crack commando team's mission is to shut down the homicidal Red Queen.
Needless to say, such a task proves more difficult than they ever imagined, as they are met with various traps and attempts by the Red Queen to stop them. The much talked about laser room scene is the highlight of the film, where a number of lasers fire through a hallway (culminating in an inescapable laser net, dicing everything in sight), ultimately killing half of the commandoes before they even reach the Red Queen. It's clear from this scene that either the Red Queen is some sort of sadist, deciding to fire a number of lasers rather than killing all of the commandoes in one fell swoop with the "laser net", or is simply a fool (or rather, firing a net of lasers and killing everyone within seconds wouldn't be quite as exciting, film-wise). What bemused me most was that one notably stupid character could simply have stepped back a few feet as the final net approached and he would have lived.
The surviving members soldier on naturally apprehensively and reconvene with the other crew members (yes, horror cliché #55 - splitting up is always a good idea), before being waylaid by an army of the undead, resulting in a rudimentary shootout montage, put to more industrial rock music. As can be expected, the smarmy, irritating commando is eaten for his sins, and others are bitten, providing the obvious set up for their later turning.
Following this scene, the commandoes notice that the bodies from the laser room have disappeared, and I thought this a nice little reference to the games, in that if you leave a room full of bodies and re-enter it later, due to the relatively low processing power of the PlayStation, the bodies will not appear this time. It's completely ludicrous within the scope of a film, but it was a nice nod to fans of the games.
After splitting up, resulting in half of the team being diced, and further losses being incurred in the zombie shootout, one would hope that the characters would exercise a little tact, but alas, two characters slink off on their own, and even more ridiculously, one saunters off to pursue his own little subplot without uttering a word to anyone.
At this point, the film becomes even more ridiculous, as Alice, on her own, is set on by a pack of Cerberus ("Demon dogs"), and fortunately for her, has recalled enough of her memory to realise that, oh yeah, she can deliver Superman-like moves to her aggressors.
Once the anti-Umbrella freedom fighter subplot is quickly nudged aside, the film moves into its final stages, and much like most of the game, presents the element of a time limit. Our heroes have little over an hour to escape the Hive or they'll be sealed down there forever, and so the heroes continue their escape, now venturing through the sewer system, where we meet some familiar faces, shall we say
In what can only be described as deus ex machina, Alice manages to now (again, extremely conveniently) remember that there is an antidote for the infection that has ravaged one crew member especially. Before anyone can reach said antivirus, though, a twist is thrown our way for good measure, quite similar to the twist in the first game, which should please fans somewhat. This twist presents us with another antagonist other than the mutated "licker" creature that is already after them, although this new enemy is only around long enough to create another obstacle for our heroes to battle through.
This "licker" that I speak of is one of the more lauded antagonists from the second Resident Evil game, although slightly different in appearance in this film, and furthermore, unlike the game, this licker mutates every time it feeds on human DNA. We get some fairly close glimpses of the licker, and whilst I will generally defend this film to the hilt, the CGI is fairly hokey-looking, I will give you that. It does help the aforementioned B-movie feel to the film, though.
From here, everything sets up rather neatly for the finale - a long-thought dead character returns (although their return was highly predictable), and just as the heroes are making it home free, they are waylaid one final time, resulting in a few surprising character deaths and infections.
The dust barely has time to settle before all hell breaks loose once more, in what is best described as a 70s science-fiction throwback, bright white lights and all, setting up rather nicely for the horrifically bad sequel (Resident Evil Apocalypse).
In the final moments of the film, as the one character able to escape this mess unscathed stands alone in the center of Raccoon City, we learn the true extent of the carnage that the virus has caused, with an impressive closing shot that really gives a sense of scale to the mayhem that has ensued here.
As a friendly note, some of you may be compelled to very quickly change the channel or turn off the DVD once the credits hit, as all you'll be treated to is a wealth of "angry rock" from the likes of Slipknot and Coal Chamber, something I'm not too against myself, but I know that lots of people are.
In closing, Resident Evil is a deeply flawed film, I have no reservations about that - it is cheesy, acted with indifference, the characters are uniformly silly, it utilises a number of clichés, and relies on coincidence far too much. However, one must remember that the original Resident Evil game held many of these, dare I say, qualities - the dialogue was horrendously cheesy, not helped by the truly dire voice acting, but it to a degree made the games as popular as they were. It was a revolutionary title for its time, and so these faults were embraced gleefully as part of the B-movie inspired fun, rather than hugely detrimental to the enjoyment of the game.
That's not to say that all of the flaws should be ignored because the original game glorified many of these foibles, but one must remember that there's a lot of good in here too - it captures the feel of the games well, even despite the storyline being an almost entire deviation from them. The industrial soundtrack helps to create a tense mood, and Marilyn Manson in particular should be praised for his work here - his "Seizure of Power" theme (used in the laser scene) is near enough burned into my mind now. For all of the film's flaws and good points, whether you love it or hate it, just know that this is the high point of the series (so far) - the sequel was just offensive, and the third film doesn't look miles better either.
It would probably have helped a little if I had known something about the game, but from what I have read about it, although this film is based on it, it is something quite different. Plus, I watched it for the first time with absolutely no idea what it was about, other than that a friend had seen it & was petrified. Whatever you know beforehand, it is probably worth a watch.
Most of the film takes place in an underground plant in Raccoon City, set up for experimentation & research. Something has gone terribly wrong down there, & it appears that the computer system designed to run the facility has turned against the staff, trying to kill them all. Meanwhile, in the real world, a woman called Alice awakens in a shower, suffering memory loss, unaware of where she is or how she got there. It seems she has been gassed & as a result has temporarily lost her memory. Soon enough she finds herself & another man being taken by a kind of SWAT crew down to that place, known as the Hive. They are apparently involved but as neither know where they are or even who they are, they must trust the people who have taken them. Once there, they realise just how psychotic the computer system has become but their battle may be with something far worse as zombies & even animal zombies attempt to eat them all alive. The survivors need to escape the Hive before the place locks down, sealing them inside, to their doom.
Given the circumstances of the film, in that the group have gone into a place where everyone else is most likely dead, it can be expected that the number of characters is limited - unless of course, you count the dead as characters. Instead of giving a general comment as I usually do, Id like to just highlight a few main characters that stood out to me.
I guess Milla Jovovich really made her name in these films - or at least became a memorable face. She plays Alice, the main character. I think she was an excellent choice, even if game players might say she is nothing like the original - she has sexy, dangerous look about her that many women would envy. She is also a very convincing actress. She was new to me, so I had no idea what to expect but was certainly impressed. She starts out very naïve, but is never really afraid, just cautious. Soon we realise how capable she is.
The other lead female to look out for in this film is Michelle Rodriguez, who plays a hardened but genuinely good character, unusually called Rain. In spite of how the character appears in the beginning, there is something very likeable about her. She & Jovovich team up really well, although they seem much like opposites to begin with - chalk n cheese. In fact, the film would not have been so interesting without her.
Spence is played by James Purefoy, who has recently played Mark Anthony in the series Rome - I was wondering why he looked so familiar! He is highly attractive, charming & yet gives little away. He played this part well, adding to the tension but also complementing the other characters. I did think he could have had more scenes focused on him specifically though, which would have made him more memorable.
Finally there is Eric Mabius, who plays Matt. You might know him from that terrible *cough* series Ugly Betty. He also seems a bit too much in the background to begin with, but starts to develop into an interesting person further into the film - one we hope will make it. He is not particularly likeable when we first meet him & to be honest maybe he never becomes that likeable for me, but somehow you can help but care about him & want him to be one of the survivors.
Overall the acting was pretty impressive, but overshadowed by the special effects & general nature of the film - as Ill try to explain below.
Unlike the character limitations, the scenes, in spite of mainly being within the Hive, are actually quite varied. In a way it reminded me of the Futuristic & Industrial parts of The Crystal Maze - ah remember that? The place is huge, with lots of levels & varies from office/lab type areas to huge vaults like on a ship, to a train that transports people from entrance to centre & back. This makes the film all the more adventurous, plus it makes you wonder how these people are ever going to get out on time. It also means there are plenty of obstacles, places for zombies to jump out on the characters & traps for them. Im not sure scary is the word, but the film was certainly tense at times.
There are some scenes that you might call gory & actually quite well done. The computer system itself kills people, in spectacular ways, which if you have seen, some may say are rather clean cut. A lot of films these days can make quite realistic effects, but this one still amazed me a bit. I must say the first time I watched the film, it was quite shocking & disturbing, but this effect faded the second & third time.
The other thing that really caught my eye was the use of the zombie dogs. As I said I have not played the game, so would not know if this was a feature from there, but it seemed very original to me & really made me think wow - how will they get out of this one? I have no idea how zombie dogs would really look, but these ones were quite ferocious, looked as though they had been covered in blood & certainly were not something Id like to come across. If they existed, I suppose this is how they would look not a nice thought at all!
This film is a certificate 15 - but something I would not really have expected to see when I was 15, although to be fair times change & you cant really stop kids seeing these things today, if they really want to. If you are particularly uncomfortable with horror-type, bloody or gory scenes, you are better off not watching this one. I think the classification otherwise is quite fair, after all, the film is based on a video game (I have not seen or tried this so cannot comment).
I thoroughly enjoyed this film, but I understood as well why some people might not. I tried to get my mum to watch it but she eventually freaked out & left, in spite of my insistence that it really is not that scary - I guess I was wrong there! Admittedly, a lot of the entertainment factor in this film are the suspense, scary bits, but it is also quite an interesting story, with some good twists & unusual characters. The amnesia thing added a bit of mystery to the film. I dont really think evil is an appropriate word for this film, as you start to realise when you watch it, because it is more about instinct at its most basic, but at the same time it probably gives you an idea of what it might be like, if ever it did
Given that Resident Evil is a Paul Anderson movie based on a computer game which was itself highly derivative (especially of George A Romero and James Cameron films), it's probably unfair to complain that it hasn't got an original idea or moment in its entire running time. In the early 1980s, Italian schlock films such as Zombie Flesh Eaters and Zombie Creeping Flesh tried to cram in as many moments restaged from American originals as possible, strung together by silly characters wandering between monster attacks. This is a much-improved, edited, photographed and directed version of the same gambit. As amnesiac Milla Jovovich remembers amazing kung fu skills and anti-globalist Eric Mabius mutters about evil corporations, a gang of clichéd soldiers with nary a distinguishing feature between them (except for Michelle Rodriguez as a secondary tough chick) are trapped in an underground scientific compound at the mercy of a tyrannical computer--which manifests as a smug little-girl-o-gram--fending off flesh-eating zombies (though gore fans will be disappointed by the film's need to stay within the limits of the 15 certificate) and CGI mutants, not to mention the ever-popular zombie dogs. It's tolerably action-packed, but zips past its borrowings (Aliens, Cube, Deep Blue Sea) without adding anything that future schlock pictures will want to imitate. On the DVD: Resident Evil on disc has the expected trailers, both teaser and theatrical; a half-hour making-of; zombie make-up tests; featurettes on music (with Marilyn Manson), production design and costume. A lively commentary track features Anderson, Jovovich, Rodriguez and producer/zombie Jeremy Bolt--Jovovich upbraids Anderson for talking about different gradings of film stock over her nude scene and everyone else talks about how much she hurt them by punching them out during action sequences. Anderson mentions an alternate commentary track with visual effects designer Richard Yuricich, but it isn't included. --Kim Newman