Resident Evil

Tag Line : Evil never dies.

Resident EvilWhenever confronted with a film based on a computer game, one automatically thinks of the appalling kids film that was "Tomb Raider". So it was with more than a little apprehension that I sat down to view this entry into the zombie sub-genre. However, as the film started I was soon to realise that this latest foray into video game adaptation isn't half bad.

Milla Jovovich stars as the films central character, known only as Alice, who awakes to find herself collapsed on the floor of the shower, with no memory of who or where she is. As she wonders around the seemingly empty manor house trying to establish how she got there, she is surprised by the sudden arrival of a special forces unit who burst in and lay the place under siege.

We then learn that the house is actually a frontage to the entrance of a top secret underground bio-weapons facility known as "The Hive", and Alice is one of their operatives. The special forces unit have been sent to investigate why all contact has been lost with the 500 strong crew that operates below. They take with them a cop named Mathew Addison (Eric Mabius), who they captured wondering round the house grounds, and together descend to the depths of the facility.

After reaching the central core of their objective, which involves dodging some highly dangerous booby traps along the way, they discover the horrific truth as to what has happened to the facilities workforce, and getting out is going to be murder. Mutants, mad computers and hoards of zombies are the order of the day as the remaining members of the crew attempt to fight their way back out of the Hive, before the computer seals it off from the outside world forever...

With elements reminiscent of "Cube", "Death Machine", "The Relic" and even "2001 A Space Odyssey" (mad computers you know), the film is quite enjoyable with some very nice action sequences. If your a zombie film fan you should like it, and if your a fan of the computer game, you should definitely love it. Just a pity about the CGI animated Nemesis beast though.

This may not be the best zombie film to date, but as far as video game adaptations go, it kicks "Tomb Raider's" arse all the way! Checkout the thumping hard rock soundtrack, which features the likes of Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Coal Chamber and Fear Factory.

Overall Marks : 5/10

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Survive the Horror", "No one is immune", "Death is not the end... just pray so", "A secret experiment. A deadly virus. A fatal mistake".

  • The films budget was $32,000,000.

  • George Romero, director of "Night of the Living Dead" and its various follow-ups, was originally assigned to direct, but was fired following disputes over the script. The film was subsequently shelved for over a year until Paul Anderson was eventually hired to write and direct.

  • Paul Anderson also directed the 1997 sci-fi shocker "Event Horizon". He also directed the video game adaptation of "Mortal Kombat", which is probably how he got the job in this film.

  • The presidents of US and Japanese branches of Capcom games, who created the Resident Evil games, both have cameo roles as zombies in the film.

  • The newspaper at the end of the film that says "The Dead Walk" was a reference to George Romero's "Day of the Dead" in which a paper with the same headline appears (of all the blooming cheek!).

  • Milla Jovovch also starred as the female lead in the Bruce Willis action pic "The Fifth Element".

  • Though the movie is full of the living dead, the word "zombie" is never mentioned once during the entire film.

  • The film was originally entitled "Resident Evil : Ground Zero", but the name was changed after the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11th 2001.

  • Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Rain Ocompa, also starred as Letty in "The Fast and the Furious".

  • Eric Mabius also played The Crow in "The Crow 3: Salvation".

  • The close up of Alice's eye near the end of the film is a direct reference to the first "Resident Evil" game. The close up eye shot was the logo/title screen of the game.

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