Resident Evil

2002

Resident Evil

Critics Consensus

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

35%

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Total Count: 127

67%

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User Ratings: 446,431
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Movie Info

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 scratch or bite from one of these rampaging ghouls dooms its victim, so the commandos have their work cut out for them as they attempt to reach the Red Queen, the lab's supercomputer -- and their sole hope of halting the spread of the contagion. Before they can complete their mission, however, the soldiers must overcome a variety of deadly obstacles, including mutant dogs, lasers, and a genetically altered beast known as The Licker, whose strength increases with every victim it slays. Alice and Rain also discover that the release of the virus may not have been an accident, and that a cure may exist somewhere in the deadly Hive. Resident Evil co-stars Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, and Colin Salmon. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

Milla Jovovich
as Alice/Janus Prospero
Michelle Rodriguez
as Rain Ocampo
Eric Mabius
as Matt Addison
James Purefoy
as Spencer Parks
Martin Crewes
as Chad Kaplan
Pasquale Aleardi
as J.D. Salinas
Colin Salmon
as James Shade
Heike Makatsch
as Dr. Lisa Addison
Jaymes Butler
as Clarence
Anna Bolt
as Dr. Green
Joseph May
as Dr. Blue
Oscar Pearce
as Mr. Red
Indra Ove
as Mr. Black
Robert Tannion
as Dr. Brown
Marc Logan-Black
as Commando 2
Michaela Dicker
as Red Queen
Torsten Jerabek
as Commando 1
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Critic Reviews for Resident Evil

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (27)

  • 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).

    Mar 31, 2009 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Anderson ... has enough sense not to let the pace flag for a second, filling the screen with ravenous flesh-eaters, explosions and special effects.

    Jun 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • It's completely pointless.

    Mar 19, 2002
  • An already thin story boils down to surviving invaders seeking an existent anti-virus. If only there were one for this kind of movie.

    Mar 16, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Resident Evil

  • Jan 19, 2017
    Video game movies have been awful for decades now. Resident Evil isn't necessarily the exception to that rule, but it's nowhere near as awful as the genre has been. Resident Evil is at its best when it pushes aside the politics of this "secret military group" named The Umbrella, and instead is an homage to the original Alien. When the film takes twists and turns that are supposed to surprise you, when in fact, they feel like a weak attempt at shock, it becomes overwhelmingly convoluted. But in the instances that the survivors, led by Alice (Milla Jovovich), are scrambling through rooms doing anything to survive CGI creatures and flesh eating zombies, Resident Evil is pure guilty pleasure. Much like the Underworld franchise, I honestly don't care about any of the supporting characters. Knowing where most zombie flicks go, there's really no use to getting attached to secondary characters when you know their deaths are all but guaranteed. I did, however, find Alice to be compelling, as long as the sequels do more to expand her history and explain how she became an absolute bada**. In fact, one can make the argument that Alice is a more likable character than Selene is in Underworld. As I've said a lot recently, there's nothing wrong with a mindless action adventure if it doesn't take itself too seriously. Resident Evil is actually a pretty serious film, people are dying left and right, and the world is on the brink of an apocalypse. But there's something to be said about a throwback action-horror taking place in one confined space. In this case, it gives the viewer a sense of what a first person shooter game with this story would feel like. I've never played any of the games, but I can certainly see where this story lends itself to the video game medium. Now, is there an excuse for a horrendous looking creature via CGI? Or maybe some truly useless characters with weak (at best) dialogue? No, I can't say there is. But hey, it's a solid cable watch. +Action that doesn't pull punches +Alice is likable -Dated CGI -Inexcusably bad dialogue 5.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2013
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2012
    Ok, first and foremost, I don't play video games(other than some on my phone). I've never really played "Resident Evil", so I don't know how well this stacks up to the games, and I don't really care. I love zombie movies, and will watch just about anything that features them. So, when this came out I had to check it out. It's about a corporation that pretty much runs the world called Umbrella. They have a lab underground called The Hive, and one day a deadly virus is unleashed turning everyone down there into zombies. So a team of special ops, lead by Alice(Milla Jovovich) head down to find out what happened, and see if they can prevent it from spreading. Overall, this is a bad movie. The effects are bad, the acting is worse, and the movie doesn't really have a good pace. It slows down, speeds up, slows down, and speeds up. Just never settles into a good rhythm. There are a few really good scenes(the lazer scene is still awesome), but not enough to make this a classic worthy 4 sequels. It's an interesting concept, with poor execution. Worth a watch? Sure, just keep expectations in check,and maybe a better zombie movie handy in case you get bored.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2012
    Completely altered the storyline. Umbrella is still super evil, but what's the point of having this film, it's not conical to the series
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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