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Resident Evil (2002)

DVD Cover (Sony Home Entertainment Deluxe Edition)
Movie Connections:
Resident Evil
> Biohazard 4D: Executer (2000)
> Resident Evil (2002)
> Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
> Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
> Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)
> Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
> Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
> Resident Evil: Damnation (2012)
> Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
> Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017)
Genres / Traits:
Horror, Sci-Fi Horror, Zombie Film, Video Games
Director:
Paul W.S. Anderson Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring:
Ryan McCluskey Ryan McCluskey
Oscar Pearce Oscar Pearce
Indra Ové Indra Ové
Anna Bolt Anna Bolt
Joseph May Joseph May

6.4 / 10 - Overall Rating

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When a virus leaks from a top-secret facility, turning all resident researchers into ravenous zombies and their lab animals into mutated hounds from hell, the government sends in an elite military task force to contain the outbreak. Alice and Rain are charged with leading the mission. But they only have three hours before the pathogen becomes airborne and infects the world. --TMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: March 10, 2004
Disclaimer: I've only played Resident Evil parts 1 and 2 on Playstation. Those were played quite some time ago. I may have forgotten some details from the games.

They really dropped the proverbial ball on this one. Instead of taking the insanely popular video game and making it into a movie, they borrowed the zombies, the licker, and the various names and made something totally different. Instead of using the fully developed, nicely done storyline from the games, they just threw some crap together and slapped on the Resident Evil title. Now, I'm all for directors changing some stuff up in remakes or game-to-movie deals, but this was just crazy.

The game basically puts you in a house, where you need to find the other people. The house is swarming with zombies. You need to kill the zombies. Pretty simple concept, but it worked out quite nicely in the two games I've played... so why couldn't they base it on that?

And my biggest gripe with this, was the complete lack of zombie action to be found. The first zombie is shown at 42:00 into the movie, and there's a severe shortage of zombie scenes; I didn't time it or anything, but I'd venture to guess that there's thirty minutes (out of 1:40:00) of on-screen zombie time. Throwing in the licker as they did was lame. He got a grand total of one kill, and two short scenes. Maybe this was done because the CGI they used to create it was so shitty? Who knows, I sure don't.

Before watching this, I thought I'd at least halfway enjoy it; I'm a fan of the game series and I love zombie movies, so this should be right up my alley. No sir, with all the fuckup's that were to be found, this was utter crap.

On the subject of the zombies: the effects that were used were balls. With the exception of three or four "big-scene" zombies, most looked like normal humans with no makeup whatsoever. Now, I realize this kinda fit into the storyline, but they're REANIMATED CORPSES. Doesn't that warrant just a touch of a different look?

After all my griping, there was a few nice things going on. The storyline, even though it had nothing to do with the game series, was decently put together. The one licker kill was nice, what was shown of it... as were the very few zombie kills. The acting was nicely done, and the soundtrack was great. I suppose these few things would bump the rating up to a solid 4/10.
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Crispy #1: Crispy - added 09/21/2004, 03:32 PM
i think this might have been based on Resident Evil Zero, course i havent played the game, i just know that its supposed to be the back story or soemthing. *shrug*
HeatoN #2: HeatoN - added 11/27/2004, 12:19 AM
i was anticipating the release of this movie for a couple years before it came out, expecting to be a basic reenactment of the game...boy was i wrong...very dissapointing..dont even rent unless your completely bored some evening.
ScarsRstarS #3: ScarsRstarS - added 01/10/2006, 08:39 AM
I thought this was a very good film. I thought it was highly over rated but still very good.
Rik #4: Rik - added 09/22/2007, 02:06 AM
I actually find this movie to be pretty good. If you wanna compact the first Resident Evil game into 1:40:00, I think that's too short a time. 6/10
BuryMeAlive #5: BuryMeAlive - added 10/21/2007, 05:53 PM
Ok, I'm not into the videogames to compare, but I thought it was a good action movie.
Ginose #6: Ginose - added 01/18/2008, 01:46 PM
I agree, this was a solid action/horror blend that did nothing for the game. But, honestly, who cares? 6.6/10 from me.
Lucid Dreams #7: Lucid Dreams - added 08/30/2009, 11:16 AM
The action was alright on this film, but the acting was pretty awful. I really hated how more then half the crew at the start did not die by zombies. It's a zombie film, so let's have them not die by zombies. 4/10
brendan #8: brendan - added 11/07/2009, 09:46 PM
im with 385
calex11395 #9: calex11395 - added 04/28/2010, 11:18 PM
"I actually find this movie to be pretty good. If you wanna compact the first Resident Evil game into 1:40:00, I think that's too short a time. 6/10"
Nah the fastest run I have seen on RE:Director's Cut arranged mode as Chris was 1:36:22

The movie was good, but it is no where near as good as the video game's storyline.
Greg Follender #10: Greg Follender - added 04/30/2010, 11:36 PM
I'm with Chad on this one, I'm afraid...
Utter shite.

3.5/10
George Snow #11: George Snow - added 01/13/2013, 07:50 PM
I like looking at Milla Jovoich. So, I enjoyed this. I forgot I saw it till I bought the blu-ray box set. I've never played the game. But, probably the reason they didn't follow the storyline of the game is for plot/characterization. This isn't so much a zombie movie as a good guy/bad guy film. Alice and co versus the Umbrella Corporation. This is just good mindless fun. Plus, Milla is just HOT.
Lucid Dreams #12: Lucid Dreams - added 01/13/2013, 10:51 PM
You bought the blu-ray set? You poor fool ; )
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