Release Date: March 15th, 2002.
Written by: Paul W.S. Anderson.
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson.
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, and Michelle Rodriguez.
Milla Jovovich kicking ass; that's the main reason that this movie is any good, and the only reason that the Resident Evil movie series exists. Without her, this one would have no spark, and it probably would have been a one-and-done like so many other video game adaptations are.
Now if only Milla had starred in Silent Hill...
Walmart-esque Umbrella Corporation. When some asshole breaks a vial of the deadly T-virus and then hightails it out of The Hive, its sentient watchdog/overlord The Red Queen locks everything down and kills everyone inside. She's saving the world.
|THIS IS WHY I'D NEVER WORK MILES BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH.|
Poor girl just can't catch a break.
|SO, THAT HAPPENED.|
This first Resident Evil is more of a "traditional" movie in that it had more of a plot, and it wasn't anywhere near as over the top and silly as its sequels were. We enjoyed all of the movies in this series, to different degrees, but it will always be the first one that we can say that we honestly loved.
Resident Evil is a guilty pleasure, plain and simple.
Milla Jovovich is really the saving grace of this film (and franchise.) She's a strong, skilled, and deadly female who exists only to kill zombies and monsters, and strike cool poses while doing so, and she does it all flawlessly. She's not quit as deadly in this one as she is in the subsequent sequels, but she still owns this movie.
|GO AHEAD, TAKE IT.|
|FIRE ROMERO OFF OF THE MOVIE, BUT STILL REFERENCE HIS FILMS. CLASSY MOVE.|
Also, some of the dialogue was pretty bad, especially when it came to the supporting characters like the scientists, the Hive employees, etc..
|TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH, MICHELLE.|
|HE COULD PROBABLY SURVIVE THAT.|
|THAT'S RIGHT, PUT 'EM ON THE GLASS.|
|"WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY A GAME?"|
|MORE LIKE RESIDENT BONER, AM I RIGHT?|
Resident Evil is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Milla Jovovich play one of the most kick-ass Alpha females to ever grace the silver screen, but she's ridiculously hot while doing so.