2002 **** 100 mins.
The Resident Evil series is something of a paradox in the world of cinema. It's a series in which every installment was written by the one, same person, Paul W.S. Anderson, who also directed four of the six films. Being one man's vision, maybe that's why the series works so well, in spite of being inspired by a video game series. That brings me to my next point of the series being a paradox. Video game-based movies are usually not considered to be very good, yet the Resident Evil series has quite a large fan base, including yours truly. Which brings me to yet another reason as to why it's a paradox. I don't like modern video games. I'm not big in the whole modern zombie craze. I'm not big into mainstream sci-fi/action flicks, and yet, I adore this series.
This revolutionary series began rather humbly with this first installment. Here, we are introduced to the Umbrella Corporation, which has generated and unleashed a deadly virus, known simply as the T-virus. A group of people whose memories have been erased are inside "The Hive," where the virus originated, among them a beautiful woman named Alice, who would become one of the greatest, most kick-ass heroines in cinema history. Here, though, Alice seems to be the meekest of all the main characters, content in stumbling through the Hive, seemingly taking in more than she dishes out. Although the film is loud, fast, and exciting, there is a more low-key undercurrent to it, and Paul W.S. Anderson's pacing is exquisite. It may not be Citizen Kane, but it sure is an exceptional movie that spawned an exceptional series.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated R for strong sci-fi/horror violence, language, and brief sexuality/nudity.
Based Upon Capcom's Videogame
Written and Directed by
Paul W.S. Anderson