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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 ... 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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to the popular belief, George Romero's 1998 rejected script was NOT the first and only version of Resident Evil script which was written before Paul W.S. Anderson's. When Constantin Films bought the rights for the movie adaptation in January of 1997, they hired Alan B. McElroy, screenwriter of action films like Rapid Fire (1992), horror films like Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Wrong Turn (2003), and co-writer of Todd McFarlane's Spawn series (1997-1999), to write a script for the film. Although considered to be very good, the script was rejected along with several others by different writers (including Romero) before Constantin Films eventually went with one by Anderson, which originally wasn't even written for Resident Evil film, but for what Anderson himself said was "a terrible ripoff" of the game.

According to several movie and gaming magazine articles at the time, McElroy's script was action packed, very bloody and violent, but also very creepy, and the plot was similar to the plot of original game; Following the disappearances and strange mutilations of campers and park rangers in Raccoon forest, S.W.A.T team is sent in to find out what's happening in there but then they disappear. Military special forces team, which included all the characters from the game (Wesker, Chris, Jill, Barry, Brad and others), is then sent after them. But once they enter the forest during night, they are attacked by mutated animals and have to run to the mansion where they discover underground labs underneath it and end up fighting against more monsters.

Some of the scenes from McElroy's script which were described in articles included;
  • More action sequences with zombies and zombie dogs during which team members would keep running out of more and more ammo.
  • Team sneaking through area full of corpses without knowing which ones could be zombies.
  • Team gets cornered between the zombies and giant tarantula right when they ran out of ammo.
  • Team gets trapped inside service elevator while being surrounded by giant hornets.
  • A "Jill Valentine shower scene", during which she possibly would be stalked by a monster while not having any weapons and being completely defenseless.


One of the other rejected versions of the script was written by Kevin Williamson, writer of horror films like Scream (1996) and The Faculty (1998). The plot of this script was much closer to the plots of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. It took place in near future where all the diseases in the world are cured thanks to Umbrella, but once they are in danger from losing money they create T-virus and they hold the world at ransom for not releasing it on the public and for the cure. However virus leaks out from their labs and into Raccoon City and causes chaos in it. STARS team is then sent to find and retrieve the antivirus, and throughout the story they would have to fight their way through and out of the city full of zombies and other monsters created by virus. See more »

Goofs

(at around 20 mins) When Kaplan says, "accessing schematics of the hive", you can see for a split second his mouth not moving to the dialogue. 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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Alternate Versions

The U.S. release had some violence censored to avoid an "NC-17" rating. See more »

Connections

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Written by Bill Leeb and Christopher Peterson
© 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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Way better than what I expected
27 July 2002 | by Reaktor-See all my reviews

I wasn't waiting to see anything amazing when I started watching for this movie, since almost all the license movies have been terrible... Fortunately, my opinion was to change! Movie was great, actors were good enough, and there was actually a plot (whoa!). Director has done a great job by having that videogame atmosphere by use of light, but still keeping the movie tense. Marilyn Manson has also made a great job by composing some of his greatest soundtrack titles which really fit for this movie. I have played both Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, and recognized many of the scenes which were kind of similar to games. What can I say? For the people who have played games, this one gives good vibes and they are going to love it. For regular people the movie might be above the average. This was one hell-of-a-movie, and I'm waiting for the sequel.


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