Resident Evil

Published October 27, 2013

Resident Evil

Film info

  • Title Resident Evil
  • Director Paul W. S. Anderson
  • Year 2002
  • Run time 1hr 40m
  • Genres Horror, Action, Science-Fiction
  • Tagline A secret experiment, a deadly virus, a fatal mistake

Something rotten is brewing beneath the industrial mecca known as Raccoon City. Unknown to its millions of residents, a huge underground bioengineering facility known as The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus, killing all of its employees. To contain the leak, the governing supercomputer, Red Queen, has sealed all entrances and exits. Now a team of highly-trained super commandos including Rain, Alice and Matt must race to penetrate The Hive in order to isolate the T-virus before it overwhelms humanity. To do so, they must get past the Red Queen's deadly defenses, face the flesh-eating undead employees, fight killer mutant dogs and battle The Licker, a genetically mutated savage beast whose strength increases with each of its slain victims.

Live Blog

Time Comment
0:45 I like someone narrating the introductory text. Means I don’t have to bother to read it.
8:29 Never try to squeeze through a gap in a lift. Never, never, never.
15:19 There’s a train under the house. It’s the opposite of a quiet bunker but still cooool.
21:03 I need my own hive.
27:42 I love how the trained troop can run through rooms and cover all angles and stuff. It’s like dancing only with weapons.
33:47 Yea, I can’t watch the laser bit. Not at all.
36:53 EMP’s save the day in the Matrix too. Way of the future!
46:34 She’s never seen a zombie movie then, or else she’d be a bit worried about the bites.
49:00 I don’t remember the zombie dogs just being dogs with red paint on. Lame.
56:49 Plot device: put a timer on the action, create the pressure.
59:03 Siri can only dream of providing information like this.
59:26 I feel the need, “the need to feed.”
1:06:43 She’s so ace. Didn’t take her long to assume command.
1:10:46 She needs to stop making promises that may or may not happen.
1:14:15 “I wouldn’t want to shoot you, might need the bullets.”
1:22:53 All this horror and the bit Mr C flinches at is the syringes.
1:27:31 Daniel from Ugly Betty doesn’t really seem the rugged action/adventure type.
1:29:57 It takes seven people to bring her down. She’s brilliant.
1:33:29 Why does Raccoon City sound like such a made up name?


Fresh from the adventures with World War Z, we decided we could give Resident Evil a go. I’ve seen it a couple of times, and really like it (all bar a few scenes). I’ve wanted Mr C to watch it, as he’s played the games, but his aversion to horror has put us off. The success of World War Z emboldened us to try Resident Evil on for size.

It’s good and I still like it, but it doesn’t really live up to the memory I had of it. The dogs were just rubbish, and the effects on the Creature were really poor. I still love Milla in it, and it was nice that I couldn’t remember all of it so some was still a surprise. I think it’s a good story, has a few holes, but the narrative stands the test of time, even if the special effects don’t.

**Rating: **3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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