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Resident Evil (2002)

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33

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 82

Like other video game adapations, Resident Evil is loud, violent, formulaic, and cheesy.

19

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 21

Like other video game adapations, Resident Evil is loud, violent, formulaic, and cheesy.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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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

Jul 30, 2002

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Despite a promising setup, pic never really goes anywhere, instead immersing viewers in a kinetic onslaught of flesh (namely, that of Milla Jovovich) and flesh-eaters (most of the rest of the cast).

March 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Hats off, however, to the production team for the set designs and one very imaginative death-by-laser sequence. The rest is a derivative, tedious mess.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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On its own terms, Resident Evil updates the zombie genre with an anti-corporate message while still scaring its audience and providing heart-pounding action.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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It's completely pointless.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (6)
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An already thin story boils down to surviving invaders seeking an existent anti-virus. If only there were one for this kind of movie.

March 16, 2002 Full Review Source: USA Today
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It all looks and plays like a $40 million version of a game you're more likely to enjoy on a computer.

March 15, 2002
Washington Post
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This routine video-game spinoff borrows heavily from James Cameron action flicks and George Romero zombie epics but doesn't do much else.

February 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

This adaptation captures the spirit of the video games and with its fun, anything can happen mindset and tons of over the top violence, 'Resident Evil' proves there may be a future for video game movies yet.

September 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

An ultra-gory video game-to-movie disappointment.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The overblown action and cheapo effects become as relentless as the undead.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

A Z grade bit of fodder for the pre-teen sector...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This video-game-to-celluloid adaptation has a clammy, nightmarish glaze and tightly coiled sense of tension.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Entertainment in dire need of its own self-assurance.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

here are times when RESIDENT EVIL looks unfinished or below its potential

July 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

So bad it can't even steal effectively from good movies that came before.

December 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

... The Night of the Living Dead for the 21st century.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Comments (2)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

In the category of zombie movies, this is top shelf.

September 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily | Comments (8)
Fantastica Daily

Don't expect Aliens but don't resign yourself to Ghosts of Mars either.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Barbequed Doggie Zombies. If your heart just skipped a beat and you find yourself atingle with anticipation, then I wish you good luck and Godspeed and there's no need for you to read further

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
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Game fans will be disappointed. Zombie fans will be disappointed. Paul Anderson's fan will be disappointed.

March 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The only real "cerebral" activity that should take place in a zombie movie is the consumption of brains by the heretofore mentioned zombies themselves.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

...The latest proof that trying to adapt a film from a video game is a bad idea.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez kick zombie butt in this faithful, action-packed adaptation of the popular survival horror video game.

January 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment | Comment (1)
Radio Free Entertainment

I'll bet the video game is a lot more fun than the film.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Resident Evil

Based on a video game of the same name, the "Resident Evil" films have become part of the cultural zeitgeist. While I find Paul W.S. Anderson films to be exploitative, gross, and so very lame, I get the allure, I do, but his films always leave a taste in my mouth, reminiscent of an egg binge. This film is a little more forgivable, because of its source material, using a woman as the protagonist and hero, and its huge impact on video game adaptations. Still, it looks so cheap and dark, which makes it more like a bit video game from the early nineties. The zombies were well constructed, and the zombie dogs were really gross and cool, which reminded me of great exploitation films of the seventies. Still, it just wasn't all that different from other action films, and it looked cheesy. The characters were indistinguishable, the premise was poorly executed, the Red Queen was not all that frightening, and Milla Jovovich is a blank slate, in the worst way. Just a badly executed, dark, kind of film.
March 28, 2014
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Resident Evil is one of those films that is pure popcorn fun from start to finish. The film was made purely for that reason. If you're looking for any form of logic in its plot or direction, you'll be sadly disappointed. This is a fun and watchable zombie movie that isn't made to bean award winning movie. I've played the games, and I enjoyed very much. Usually film studios can't adapt a video game to the screen due to the fact that the plot will suffer, and games are simply too challenging to adapt due to their scope and ideas. However with this film, there's enough material that works to make it a mindless hour and a half that is lots of fun due to nonstop zombie carnage and exciting action. Don't expect great performances with film, you certainly won't find it here, but as a zombie film, you'll surely enjoy if you're a fan. Acting wise, the film suffers from so-so performances, however Milla Jovovich is a strong lead and she plays the most exciting horror heroine in quite some time. If you do watch Resident Evil, go in with an open mind, and you won't be disappointed. The story itself is interesting and fun, and it does manage to keep you interested from start to finish. Horror fans will surely enjoy this one and it is one of the most exciting zombie movies in quite some time. The film has its fair share of flaws, but there's enough good things going for it to make it worth seeing. Resident Evil is fun for what it is, and is among the better video game to screen adaptations that have come along in quite some time. Fans will surely enjoy the film, but other viewers won't. This is the type of film that is only meant for horror fans and viewers interested in these types of films.
December 20, 2012
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There was much trepidation when this came to bloom way back in 02, an adaptation of the highly popular zombie horror videogame franchise? hmmm. Anderson's first foray into the adaptation world after some reasonable films like 'Soldier' and 'Event Horizon', his CV didn't look too shabby but previous attempts at this sort of genre proved dismal.

Amazingly enough this first offering in what is now an overly ridiculous 'Matrix' 'Blade' 'Underworld' monster mash mess is actually quite good and sticks to the original formula. It all kicks off inside the well known mansion but in an imaginative spin delves deep underground to the secret Umbrella facility. Here we get a very admirable 'Aliens' type thriller as a team of commandos battle to survive against a sadistic mega computer that runs the facility and of course lots of undead creatures/monsters.

So the whole film is contained within the underground labs instead of roaming the mansion which at first seemed wrong. Maybe they could of done with some mansion action but it actually works well. Later adaptation 'Doom' does seem somewhat similar in premise though, slight case of concept rip methinks.

Naturally the effects are mostly CGI for the creatures and they do now look rather crappy, very obvious. Of course you can't pan a film for that but the CGI hasn't dated well, where as sets and overall look for the film isn't too bad, zombies look a bit childish though. It is nice to see most of the videogame nasties in the film though, Anderson certainly did well not to stray far from the source yet add to it as well. Zombie dogs which aren't fully CGI but real dogs with makeup is a nice touch, a hint of the crows and 'Lickers' which are good n scary...accept for the fact they are all fully CGI. The 'Red Queen' computer character is a good addition to the fray and quite eerie at times also 'your're all going to die down here'.

This film is a welcome presentation of the franchise and shows what can be done if done properly. Its still mind boggling to me that the film is actually a reasonably scary horror flick! there are quite a few good jumpy moments and certainly no hesitation with blood. A creation of slow building dread and suspense is well handled throughout, alongside some nifty visual moments and a good if slightly cliched bunch of commandos all adds up to a darn fun ride.

Yes you can see many steals from other similar films (the usual tough bunch of soldiers taken down one by one) and the characters are all generic copies stemmed from a certain Cameron film but the fact its not a kiddie flick and watered down is fantastic and astonishing. There is no silly slow motion nonsense, no over the top set pieces, actually Jovovich plays it for real and isn't a 'Selene' clone from 'Underworld'...yet.

Probably the best of the series if you ask me, and it was an Anderson film!!. Its formulaic and cliched but still provides enough punch to do what its suppose to do...pretty much like the 'Doom' film.
November 26, 2012
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    1. Alice: I could kiss you bitch.
    – Submitted by Joco d (20 months ago)
    1. Red Queen: Your all going to die down here!
    – Submitted by Joco d (20 months ago)
    1. Rain: When I get out of here, I think I'm gonna get laid.
    – Submitted by Adam D (23 months ago)
    1. Rain: She was psychotic, she bit me..
    – Submitted by Destiny J (2 years ago)
    1. J. D.: I shot her five times. How was she still standing?
    2. Rain: Bitch isn't standing now.
    – Submitted by Clayton L (2 years ago)
    1. Rain: [referring to when Spence locks them up in the room] Your boyfriend is a real asshole.
    – Submitted by Clayton L (2 years ago)
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