A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.

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Paul W.S. Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan McCluskey ... Mr. Grey
Oscar Pearce Oscar Pearce ... Mr. Red
Indra Ové ... Ms. Black
Anna Bolt ... Dr. Green
Joseph May ... Dr. Blue
Robert Tannion Robert Tannion ... Dr. Brown
Heike Makatsch ... Lisa
Jaymes Butler ... Clarence
Stephen Billington ... Mr. White
Fiona Glascott ... Ms. Gold
Milla Jovovich ... Alice
Eric Mabius ... Matt
Colin Salmon ... One
Martin Crewes ... Kaplan
Pasquale Aleardi ... J.D.
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Storyline

A virus has escaped in a secret facility called "The Hive," turning the staff into hungry zombies and releasing the mutated Lab "Animals" that they were studying. The complex computer shuts down the base to prevent infection. The parent corporation sends in an elite military unit, where they meet Alice, who is suffering from amnesia due to exposure to nerve gas. The military team must shut down the computer and get out, fighting their way past zombies, mutants, and the computer itself, before the virus escapes and infects the rest of the world. Alice must also come to terms with her slowly-returning memories. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

A secret experiment. A deadly virus. A fatal mistake. See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sci-fi/horror violence, language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

(at around 48 mins) The zombie guard who attacks Alice after the appearance of the first dog zombie is the film's stunt coordinator and trainer, Jaymes Butler. See more »

Goofs

(at around 52 mins) When Lisa appears, Matt is shuffling through some papers. In one shot he puts down a paper with a graph on it. The very next shot he's holding the paper with the graph on it again. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: At the beginning of the 21st century, the Umbrella Corporation had become the largest commercial entity in the United States. Nine out of every ten homes contain its products. Its political and financial influence is felt everywhere. In public, it is the world's leading supplier of computer technology, medical products, and healthcare. Unknown, even to its own employees, its massive profits are generated by military technology, genetic experimentation, and viral weaponry.
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, we hear a line of dialogue from Michelle Rodriguez: "When we get out of here, I think I'm gonna get laid." See more »

Alternate Versions

Between 2002 and 2003 there was a VHS of work-in-progress (also known as "workprint") version of the film making rounds, the same which was shown at test screenings of the film, titled Resident Evil: Genesis, which is also the title of novelization of the film. It was the full uncut version of the film with extended and additional scenes, and more gore, violence and nudity which in the final product was cut for R rating, including full sex scene between Alice and Spence and more graphic nudity from her in opening bathroom scene and hospital scene in the ending. See more »

Connections

References Day of the Dead (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

My Plague (New Abuse Mix)
Written by Shawn Crahan (as M. Shawn Crahan), Joey Jordison (as Joey Jordison),
Corey Taylor and Paul Gray
Published by EMI April Music Inc./Music That Music
Performed by Slipknot
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records
[first song playing during end credits]
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Don't listen to the critics -- great flick
8 November 2020 | by repojackSee all my reviews

I originally watched "Resident Evil" at a movie theater when it was first released in 2002. I hadn't played the games. There was no Rotten Tomatoes and I didn't read reviews back then so I went in blind. And I utterly enjoyed the movie: the story, the action sequences, the underground "Hive," Mila Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez kicking serious ass, and more.

Panned by critics (36% RT) but liked by users (67% RT), Resident Evil was one of the first examples of how mainstream critics just don't "get" horror. Movies that try to be artsy get great reviews even as key elements fall flat for the rest of us. The recent "Beach House" is a perfect example of this -- it was loved by critics (81% RT) and panned by users (28%).

Unfortunately, the rest of the "Resident Evil" sequels except for a few moments, rarely captured that first movie's originality and allure. Instead, check out the writer/director's excellent previous outing "Event Horizon."


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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Resident Evil the Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,707,106, 17 March 2002

Gross USA:

$40,119,709

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,984,862
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1.85 : 1
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