Release year: 2002
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Screenwriter: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey, Eric Mabius, Martin Crewes, Jaymes Butler, James Purefoy
A virus escapes in a secret facility called ”The Hive” infecting all the staff and turning them in to zombies. The intelligent super-computer controlling the building shuts down the base to prevent the virus in spreading. A military unit is sent into the building to find out what happened. Here they meet Alice (Milla Jovovich) who just woke up in a shower, suffering from amnesia. As the group fights their way through the building, Alice’s memory slowly returns making her unsure wether she were one of the good guys or one of the bad.
Resident Evil is based on the popular computer games by the same name, a fact that affects the movie in both style and story. The obstacles the characters must pass and the enemies they must fight, seems as if taken straight out of a computer game and the special effects seems very unrealistic. But being based on a computer game it is easy to forgive, especially since the movie is saved by engaging characters, well acted by a well casted ensemble. Milla Jovovich nails the pretty but tough girl, as we have seen her do in The Fifth Element (1997) as well, hitting the right amount of doe eyed vulnerability and ass kicking fighter. Her take on the character may well be the reason this movie has spun of several sequels, as she simply is a joy to watch. She is strongly supported by the likes of Michelle Rodriquez (Machete Kills, 2013), Eric Mabius (Cruel Intentions, 1999), Martin Crewes (DOA: Dead or Alive, 2006) and James Purefoy (Solomon Kane, 2009) who all manage to make you care for somewhat two dimensional characters. An enjoyable rollercoaster ride of sci-fi thrills and zombies getting their ass kicked.
The scene were Alice (Milla Jovovich) runs up a wall and flings around to kick a zombie dog took 3 months of training for Jovovich to be able to perform it.
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