FLESH-EATING UNDEAD, KILLER MUTANT DOGS AND A DEADLY COMPUTER'S SUPER DEFENSE STAND IN ALICE'S WAY AS SHE RACES TO PENETRATETHE HIVE BEFORE A LETHAL VIRUS OVERRUNS THE EARTH IN THIS ADAPTATION OF THE VIDEO GAME HIT.
"To my surprise, Resident Evil was a excellent movie. I really did enjoy Anderson's, "Mortal Kombat" so it was no surprise that I would enjoy this movie. Don't get me wrong though, because I did have my doubts about this movie. Most video game movies tend to flop for example, Street Fighter and Super Mario Brothers. Don't get Paul Anderson confused with Mortal Kombat Annihilation because he had nothing to do with that HORRIBLE movie. The movie actually takes place one month prior to the Playstation Game Resident Evil and ends at some point within Resident Evil 2 and 3. How? I will explain later in the review. The only think I disliked about the movie was the mansion set used in the movie itself. It looked nothing like the Mansion used in PSOne Resident Evil. The interior of the mansion followed the style of PSOne Resident Evil, but many hardcore gamers will immediately point out that the Mansion is completely different on the outside. Every thing else follows close the game format and can possibly be tied into the game. Many people will immediately identify Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriquez in the movie. Other actors are no names, but one actor named Eric Mabius is one to keep a eye on. The movie is centered around a huge underground laboratory under Raccoon City called the Hive which is owned and operated by the Umbrella Corporation. A virus is unleashed by a insider within the Hive and you know what comes next...Zombies Galore! If you remember the games, Umbrella is known for one thing, cover ups and they attempt to cover up this mess by completely sealing the Hive off with everyone trapped inside. A special ops team is dispatched to clean up the mess by making sure if this leaks to the public, Umbrella will not be blamed. Milla is dragged into the mess not knowing that she also works for Umbrella. When the team fails to accomplish thier mission, their new mission is to get out of the Hive ALIVE! Get ready for some excellent nail biting suspense and action as they attempt to get out of the Hive. It has been announced that a Resident Evil 2 is in the works already and will star Milla Jovovich and Eric Mabius who will play the "Nemesis". Resident Evil ends somewhere within PS1 Resident Evil 2 and 3. You have to remember that in the PS1 Resident 3, PS1 Resident Evil 2 took place when Jill Valentine was injurned and poisened by the Nemesis. Two other characters from the game will be showing up in Resident Evil 2. Gina Phillips will be cast as Claire Redfield and Natasha Henstridge will be cast as Jill Valentine. This is going to be interesting to see them together on the screen when they never really met in the Playstation Game Series Resident Evil. We know that Claire was in Raccoon City looking for her brother Chris and Jill Valentine was attempting to get out of Raccoon City Alive. I sure can't wait to see how Paul Anderson will bring this movie together in Resident Evil 2. If you are a fan of Resident Evil, I know you can't wait too!"
"It was really funny when this DVD came out because it is titled "Resident Evil: DELUXE EDITION" and in actuality there are more special features on the original release. The only thing one could label "Deluxe" about this edition is that it has a small about a 2 minute clip from Resident Evil 2.So, if you are looking to buy Resident Evil, then its a fun movie. But if your looking for "deluxe special features", then this is most definately the wrong place."
Pharin V. Willis | Cincinnati, Ohio | 06/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movie really rocked. Action and gore, Just what i like. I've been getting kind of mad to see the reviews saying that Resident Evil was a stupid movie, and that they walked out on it during the first 15 minutes. But i don't know what they were thinking. I loved the movie. Especially the way some odf teh zombies looked. Really nice. I'm not just saying this because I'm a huge RE fan, but it rocked.
You have to see it for yourself. And like some people already said about not listening to the critics. Don't, please don't. They're a bunch of sorry people. But anyway, go and see the movie if you haven't, or get it on DVD. You'll be sorry if you don't. There were some parts when the music got a little corny, but that didn't put it down for one second.
And i heard that there was a second resident evil movie coming out. I can't wait to see it. Although it does come out next year's october. And the good thing about it is, they'll have characters from the original game. Like Claire, Jill, and Nemesis. Overall, this movie was above the rest."
Flawed, But Very Good
Pharin V. Willis | 05/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I would rate the video game movies like this:1- Resident Evil
2- Mortal Kombat
3- Final Fantasy
4- Tomb Raider
5- Mortal Kombat: Anilation
6- Double Dragon
7- Street FighterThe history of video game movies has been rocky, but this one restores my faith in the genre. I saw it twice in the theatre, and I will be watching it a infinite amount of times on DVD. Something I did not like about it was the lack of gore. That is something Resident Evil [the game] had been known for. But it did not disappoint me as much as other games to movie adaptations. It starts out with a fatal mistake of a virus being unleashed in a place called The Hive. A computer then kills everyone in the building. A elite team of soldiers has been sent to clean up the mess. It's ending leaves it wide open for a sequel, which I really REALLY want to see. Mill Jovovich gives a great performance in the movie along with the other actors. This is a good movie and you will most likely enjoy it."
A good (not great) movie on many levels
Christopher Wyer | Berlin, WI USA | 03/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Resident evil is a movie that will be liked by several different audiences. There are aspects that will be liked and disliked by horror movie fans, as well as fans of the game. For a movie based on a video game, it was very well done. For the most part the story stayed true to the video game's plot. Some of the characters from the game were missing which I'm sure will upset more than a few. But all in all, the feel of the video game runs true. There was a scene where Milla Jovovich wakes up in the shower with a temporary case of amnesia. She starts looking through the drawers in the room and you can almost picture "There is nothing of interest here" printed across the bottom of the screen. For the horror fans in general there are some nice shock tactics used at times and the creatures are really well done. It's very worth seeing.As plot goes, the premise for the movie is better than the final movie turned out to be. The main story revolves around an artificial intelligence system that exterminates the entire staff of an underground biochemical lab when one of there super-virus' secrets is compromised. A team of soldiers, sent in by the Umbrella Corporation, is sent in to uncover why the A.I. system malfunctioned and to shut it down. A single agent (Milla Jovovich) and her partner/husband, were in charge of guarding the secret entrance to the underground lab and are both left with no short term memory about the incident. As the story is told the plot twists somewhat, but the overall feel of the movie is that it's been done before. Several of the characters line up to be "next to die" in a series of creative deaths that parallel "The House on Haunted Hill." The one outstanding thing that I did like about the story was the way the movie ended. I won't give away anything, but the way the ending was filmed left you craving for a sequel. At the same time, it didn't feel like this particular movie ended early either. The special effects alone, make up for any monotony in the story-line. There are several shots that reminded me of "The Matrix" and "Swordfish." The living dead dogs were very realistic looking and the zombies makeup and costume design was very good. Milla Jovovich was absolutely beautiful in her role and her supporting cast was very well chosen, although without a lot of star appearances. The scenery throughout the movie gave it a very creepy feel. Even though the movie takes place in a high tech office building, it gave off a very haunted house feel to the picture. Marilyn Manson's scored songs added greatly to the eeriness and would be a great addition to any haunted house. All in all a good movie to see, but not necessarily one to watch again and again. And in my mind, if you combined the start of "House on Haunted Hill" with the ending of "Resident Evil" you'd have a near perfect horror movie. The Breakdown:
1. Plot- 8 (solid story with a few twists)
2. Characters- 7 (nice main character, but supporting cast was very cookie cutter in nature)
3. Flow- 8 (movie seemed to be moving on a different time frame than the characters were)
4. Atmosphere- 10 (very creepy scenery and music)
5. Cinematography- 10 (awesome special effects)
6. Entertainment factor- 9 (kept you paying attention with no real slow spots)
7. Replay factor- 7 (watch again for the effects but the story is a once in a while type movie)
8. Casting/character depth- 8 (Good casting for roles, but not a lot of character detail)
9. Relevance to genre- 8 (Atmosphere and the ending made this a good horror movie)
10. X-factors- 10 (Ending made you want a sequel now, but also left you satisfied with the outcome)Total: 85/100"