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Resident Evil (2002)

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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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Paul W.S. Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan McCluskey Ryan McCluskey ... Mr. Grey
Oscar Pearce Oscar Pearce ... Mr. Red
Indra Ové ... Ms. Black
Anna Bolt 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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Survive the Horror 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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Country:

UK | Germany | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Resident Evil the Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Krampnitz, Brandenburg, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,707,106, 17 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,119,709, 21 May 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,321,149
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1.85 : 1
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Milla Jovovich did all of her own stunts except the pipe jump in the sewer scene. She used a stunt double in that scene, because her agent thought she would get strangled by the hanging wires. See more »

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(at around 40 mins) When Matt kneels down to examine the blood of the undead Hive worker, he claims that blood only coagulates when you're dead. In truth, coagulation is simply the process of blood clotting around a damaged vessel wall, which indeed happens in living beings. On the contrary, in death, blood doesn't coagulate, but separates, causing livor mortis. See more »

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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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The version that airs on U.S. television is edited for time. Completely removed from the film is the scene with Milla fighting the dogs. See more »

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Existence
Written by Bill Leeb and Christopher Peterson
By kind permission of Nettwerk Music Publishing
© by Edition Sub Terranean/Hanseatic Musikverlag GmbH
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by Front Line Assembly (as Frontline Assembly)
Courtesy of Metropolis Records
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Good survival horror
16 January 2005 | by enkephalin07See all my reviews

I had to sift long and deep for a good comment on this. Why all the hostility? I think there was great chemistry on this production and it shows; the actors and crew involved loved the game and had a good time making this. This movie successfully recreated the feel of the game, and because it kept exposition to a minimum of what you needed to know for this particular story and didn't borrow from or revise any of the original characters or settings, it supported and strengthened the franchise. No story is retold here, no words are wasted, the setting, feel and pace is familiar to fans of Resident Evil and yet it's perfectly accessible to those unfamiliar with the broader storyline. Not giving the fan-boys their favorite characters was a good choice since characters tend to get mangled in adaptation, and yet the fan-boys still complain. With this film you have a good, watchable story that can partake of the Resident Evil cosmology, showing it due respect.

It did an excellent job establishing characters without too much unnecessary background, developing them just enough to make you want to know what they'll do next, to make you care before the sudden and gruesome happens to them. The acting was above par for a Resident Evil, certainly much better than the first game. The plot was no more comic bookish than any of the games. My one complaint was that the characters were too battle-trained, too slick, too good at fighting for them to be sympathetic horror subjects. This could've been balanced out with more reaction shots showing the soldiers wetting themselves. But Alice's over-the-top commando-style action made her too much of a super heroine to really make anyone concerned about her survival; characters made of Teflon make good action but apathetic horror subjects.


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