|Directed by||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Produced by|| Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Written by||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Starring|| Milla Jovovich |
|Music by|| Marco Beltrami |
|Editing by||Alexander Berner|
|Release date(s)||March 15, 2002|
|Running time||97 minutes|
|Followed by||Resident Evil: Apocalypse|
|IMDb • Allmovie|
Resident Evil is a 2002 Horror film starring Milla Jovovich (Alice), Michelle Rodriguez (Rain), and Eric Mabius (Matt). The film was written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. It is the first film in the Resident Evil film series.
The Umbrella Corporation is the most powerful and influential commercial entity in the world. It holds its public dealings in medicine and health care. Secretly however, it holds its goldmine in military applications and bioweaponry.
Beneath Raccoon City is a secret underground lab, The Hive, owned by Umbrella for viral research and development. After a viral weapon known as the t-Virus escapes into the air vents and infects the scientists working there, the Red Queen, a massive supercomputer running all electronic units in the Hive, seals them in and eradicates everyone to keep the virus from spreading.
Five hours later, Umbrella's biohazard team arrives to shut the Red Queen down and escape with their lives.
This Resident Evil movie holds a higher than average 6.6/10 on IMDB; this is the highest rating in the series.
|The movie begins after a mysterious man throws a t-Virus capsule on the ground. The virus liquidates from its crystalline form and turns into a gas spreading throughout the Hive. As a quarantine, the Red Queen seals the facility and kills everyone inside. On the outside at the secret entrance to the Hive in a mansion in the Arklay mountains on the outskirts of the city a nerve gas was released.
Alice, the head of security at the Hive and the secret entrance, fell unconscious from the nerve gas and suffered from memory loss including all of her memories of Umbrella. Shortly after, an environmentalist, Matt Addison, gets into the mansion about the same time Umbrella's biohazard team breaks in. They quickly apprehend the two and move to the underground train leading to the Hive. After restoring the train's power and moving toward the Hive, J.D. opens the door to the next car where Spence Parks collapses and is introduced. He suffered from the same nerve gas Alice was introduced to.
The group quickly makes it to an experimental storage room where Matt, J.D., and Rain Ocampo stay. The rest of the group advances to the Queen's chamber. Chad Kaplan shuts down the security systems so they can proceed.
One, Olga, Twelve, and Alfonso Warner proceed through the hallway, where they are sealed by the Red queens security system. Alfonso was the first to see the laser, but as it came it ripped Drew's fingers off, and ended Olga's life as well, by decapitation. As the Laser passed by a second time, Alfonso tried to dodge it promptly by jumping, the laser promptly killed him as well by slicing him through the torso. Finally as the final laser came through, One died as the laser turned into an impossible to dodge grid. Kaplan tries to deactivate it, but doesn't succeed until after everyone is dead. Shortly thereafter Kaplan and Alice proceed to shut down Red Queen. Because of the shut down, all electronic units, including the doors and seals trapping the infected people inside are opened.
As this happens, Rain and J.D. come across a zombie. Not knowing it was actually a zombie, it bites Rain's hand, infecting her. Rain and J.D. are quickly rattled by its persistence to move even after several rounds of bullets were fired at it. Alice, Kaplan, and Spence return to Rain and the others afterwards. During this time they are surrounded by zombies and the group uses most of its ammunition. J.D. is separated from Rain and is devoured by a horde of the infected zombies.
Rain, Kaplan, and Spence return and barricade themselves in the Queen's chamber. Matt enters the offices searching for his sister Lisa only to find that she has been infected. Alice saves Matt and kills Lisa... again. It is then that Matt explains why he's there. His sister, Lisa, had infiltrated the Hive and had a contact there to steal the t-Virus and expose Umbrella to the world. Lisa was supposed to use this contact to get the virus and exit the Hive and give the virus to Matt so he could expose Umbrella.
Alice and Matt return to the Queen's chamber. After being boxed in with no escape, Alice reactivates the Red Queen and keeps her on remote activation for insurance. In doing so, they were able to blackmail the Queen for info on the virus and a way to escape.
They exit through storage tunnels where they are attacked again. Rain is then infected for the third and fourth time since the first undead encounter. Kaplan is separated from the group some time later. Alice, Matt, Spence, and Rain reach the surface afterward. Rain by this time has been infected on a massive level and all of her senses are impaired including lack of strength to walk. About that time, Alice remembers about the Anti-Virus, the cure to the t-Virus. They enter the experimental room to recover it only to find it missing. Spence then regains his memories and it is revealed that he was the one who let the virus go free. He would then use the remaining capsules on the black market and make himself a rich man. When Alice refuses to go with him he leaves the room holding everyone at gunpoint and seals the exit.
As he returns to the train to surface, he is killed by one of the Hive's early experiments with the t-Virus called the Licker. Red Queen didn't tell them of its escape because she hadn't expected anyone to survive that long without becoming infected. It was her back-up plan. The Licker then finds them and tries to break in while the Red Queen agrees to give them access to leave if they kill Rain. Even with the Anti-Virus on the train, the t-Virus had infected her on a massive level and there was no guarantee that the Anti-Virus would work. Kaplan then returns and shuts down the Red Queen, opening the door so that they can escape as the Licker enters from the opposite entrance. They make it to the train and travel to the surface. Rain is given the Anti-Virus, and Kaplan is as well, but the Licker returns and kills Kaplan and infects Matt. The Licker turns targets Alice. Alice manages to secure its tongue into the ground with a pipe while Matt goes to open the storage hatch it's standing on. Rain, who has been turned into a zombie, attacks Matt. Matt kills her swiftly as she falls on the hatch mechanism and the Licker is caught on the tracks, being ignited and left behind to burn.
As Alice and Matt reach the surface, they are abducted by Umbrella scientists and Matt is used in the Nemesis program while Alice is used in a separate one. The remaining scientists reopen the sealed Hive to find out what happened. When Alice awakens at the Raccoon City facility several hours later, the infection had spread throughout the city and Alice finds and loads a shotgun ready for the next nightmare.
Note: Tentative names provided in the credits will be displayed with hyphens. The names provided in the DiCandido novelizations will not supersede.
|Michelle Rodriguez||Rain Ocampo|
|Eric Mabius||Matt Addison|
|James Purefoy||Spence Parks|
|Martin Crewes||Chad Kaplan|
|Colin Salmon||James Shade|
|Michaela Dicker||Red Queen|
|Pasquale Aleardi||J.D. Salinas|
|Heike Makatsch||Lisa Addison|
|Liz May Brice||Medic|
|Marc Logan-Black||Commando 2|
|Torsten Jerabek||Commando 1|
|Indra Ové||Ella Fontaine|
|Ryan McCluskey||Mr. Grey|
|Oscar Pearce||Mr. Red|
|Indra Ové||Ms. Black|
|Jason Isaacs||Dr. William Birkin|
The main actors were told to prepare for the film by getting copies of the games and playing them through. Some of them didn't know if they could complete them in time so they had to get video copies of other people beating the games and then watch it.
The film opened with a $17.7 million dollar opening weekend. The second weekend's haul was down to $6.7 million and at the third weekend, it had nosedived down to $2.9 million. It fell out of the Top Ten after only 2 weeks, dropping from appearing at over 2500 screens down to just 67. Still, with a production budget of $32 million and a domestic gross of $40 million ($102 million worldwide), it is seen as a success and has spawned three sequels (2009).
A Special Edition DVD of Resident Evil was released on July 30, 2002 for Region 1.
- 1.85:1 anamorphic wide-screen
- English, French and Portuguese DD5.1 Surround
- Spanish DD2.0 Surround
- English, French, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles
- Cast & Film makers' Commentary
- Costumes Featurette
- Scoring Resident Evil
- Set Design Featurette
- 5 Filmographies
- The Making Of Resident Evil Documentary
- Zombie make-up Tests
- My Plague - Music Video By Slipknot
A Deluxe Edition DVD of Resident Evil was released on September 7, 200s
- Cast & Filmmakers' Commentary
- Costumes Featurette
- Scoring Resident Evil
- Set Design Featurette
- 5 Filmographies
- Visual Effects Commentary
- Alternate Ending with director Paul Anderson's video introduction. Exclusive to Deluxe Edition!
- Clip Compilation: Resident Evil: Apocalypse
- Playing Dead: Resident Evil From Game to Screen
- Storyboarding Resident Evil Featurette
- 6 Exclusive Featurettes: The Creature, The Elevator, The Licker, The Train, Zombie Dogs, and Zombies