Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Colin Salmon, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy
A secret experiment. A deadly virus. A fatal mistake.
The Umbrella corporation is a big and powerful company, although few people know about them. They have been working on secret weapons in the form of lethal genetically engineered viruses in secret hidden labs with maximum security to avoid any intruders and even to avoid anyone leaving unless they are allowed.
Alice wakes up with amnesia in a mansion and is quickly escorted away from a group of security guards. The guards take Alice to “The Hive”, one of these facilities where they are doing some dangerous and top secret research. She starts to get her memory back, bit by bit, but at the same time a virus has been unleashed within the facility and the entire human race is at risk if it gets out.
I remember when Resident Evil first came out a little more than 10 years ago. I never had a Playstation, but a friend of mine did and we played the first two Resident Evil games for hour and I couldn’t wait to see if the creepiness and frightening mood of the games had been transferred over to the film… and then it was released and it was just not the type of film I was expecting, instead of a scary experience we got a mixture of horror, action and sci-fi and I was left disappointed by it.
When I now sat down to revisit it however, I had my expectations low and just hoped to be entertained and nothing more. It did work a bit better this time, even though it still annoys me that they went in this direction with this film. As an action film it is decent, but as a zombie film it still fails.
Instead of going for any type of creepy atmosphere, the film looks bright and is very flashy. The zombies look decent, although the quick camera style will not let you get a good look at most of them. In that regards, it does remind me of a video game, just instead of Resident Evil it looks and feels more like a faster paced first person shooter game where the zombies just happens to be the monsters.
There’s not any interesting characters in this. Milla Jovovich is alright as Alice, but hasn’t got a lot to work with. I can’t even remember any of the names of the rest of the characters to be honest and didn’t care much for them either. Paul W.S. Anderson is the director and he is mostly known for doing mixtures of action and sci-fi with his films that include Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon and Alien vs. Predator. I will also add that the music in this film does absolutely nothing for it and was incredibly annoying.
Resident Evil is still not a good film, even if I went into it with a much more open mind now ten+ years later. It is flashy, bright and more of an action film where zombies just happen to be the evil villains. It is however entertaining enough to sit through, especially when it finally gets started after the first dull thirty minutes, but nothing I would recommend to an experienced horror fan.