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Resident Evil (2002)

Cast: Ryan McCluskey, Milla Jovovich, Oscar Pearce, more...
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Horror, Zombies, Killer Critters
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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This title is currently out of print.

The director of Mortal Kombat (1995) adapts another popular video game for the big screen with this gory action thriller. Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez star as Alice and Rain, two members of a commando team assigned to infiltrate the Hive, an underground research laboratory owned by the faceless conglomerate known as the Umbrella Corporation. A bio-engineered virus has been released into the maze-like Hive, turning the facility's employees into mindless, flesh-eating zombies. A single scratch or bite from one of these rampaging ghouls dooms its victim, so the commandos have their work cut out for them as they attempt to reach the Red Queen, the lab's supercomputer -- and their sole hope of halting the spread of the contagion. Before they can complete their mission, however, the soldiers must overcome a variety of deadly obstacles, including mutant dogs, lasers, and a genetically altered beast known as The Licker, whose strength increases with every victim it slays. Alice and Rain also discover that the release of the virus may not have been an accident, and that a cure may exist somewhere in the deadly Hive. Resident Evil co-stars Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, and Colin Salmon. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

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Disappointing even for a videogame by mason November 27, 2002 - 3:46 PM PST
9 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Really, when you watch a movie based on a videogame, you expect certain things. It will probably be mostly action-based, since character development isn't exactly a priority for a videogame. The movie should ideally carry over the feel and atmosphere of the game. And since it's going to be based on action, the film had better move along and get its job done with a minimum of fuss.

Resident Evil unfortunately is a let-down in all of these categories. The doom-laden atmosphere of the game isn't even adequately communicated, the action is so cut-up and confusing that it hampers more than it helps, and things get bogged down intermittently with attempts to at least make us care enough about the characters that we might blink when they die. Alas, the efforts are mostly in vain.

Worst of all, the filmmakers' overall solution to various spots of action trouble seems to be: cut to the next scene. At one point all of the characters are surrounded by zombies, and they're trapped. Suddenly we cut away to find our heroine alone in a hallway; another character alone in a different hallway; and the others somehow hiding in a room with the door closed against the zombies. Excuse me? Sloppy doesn't begin to describe it adequately.

Milla Jovovich makes a fine action heroine, actually, and I hope she gets a chance to try it again in a good movie. Michelle Rodriguez unfortunately doesn't seem to have more than one expression, and it's a sullen sneer that gets tired very quickly. The other actors were so forgettable that...well, I forget.

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