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Resident Evil (2002)

R  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Horror  |  15 March 2002 (USA)
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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Resident Evil the Movie  »

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Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,707,106 (USA) (15 March 2002)


$4,936,317 (Japan) (11 October 2002)

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Gwyneth Paltrow was offered the role of Alice. See more »


The Red Queen tells the survivors that the human body remains active even during death, producing new cells such as hair and nails. This is a common misconception, as the skin of a dead body gradually pulls away from hair and nails as the body dehydrates, giving the appearance of the hair and nails growing. No new cells can be produced by a dead organism. Furthermore, neither hair nor nails are made up of cells; they are made primarily of a protein called keratin from dead epidermal cells. See more »


[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 »


Spun-off from Resident Evil (1996) See more »


Written by Bill Leeb and Christopher Peterson
© by Edition Sub Terranean/Hanseatic Musikverlag GmbH
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by Frontline Assembly
Courtesy of Metropolis Records
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Finally, a video game adaption done right
8 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie means business. Quick disaster with a mystery to it, jarring deaths, naked Milla, all in the first few minutes. It keeps up the pace throughout. In terms of critical comments, yes, you don't really care about the characters, but so what? How often do you really care about the monster fodder in horror films? And true, it wasn't a literal working of the movie, it didn't take place in a mansion and it didn't involve exploring lots of rooms and solving puzzles. That's because it's a movie. A literal translation of Resident Evil would probably be really dull. Games and movies are very different mediums. I don't think some people here understand that. One guy said he thought the movie rocked but after repeated viewings he thought it sucked, and that's a video game player attitude - movies don't have to have good replay value, it's okay to enjoy them once. I only enjoyed Star Wars once, but I don't think it sucked, it just didn't have a lot of depth. Not every movie has to be Citizen Kane.

It was an engaging story, moved like lightning and had some excellent scares.

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