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  • Summary: A secret experiment...a deadly virus...a fatal mistake. Based on the wildly popular video game series, Resident Evil is an action-packed thriller starring Milla Jovovich in a battle of good and evil, human versus computer, the living against the Undead. (Sony Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 11 out of 24
  1. One of the few video game movies to truly re-create the gaming experience -- from the three-dimensional maps to the structure of encountering increasingly grisly and dangerous foes at higher levels of play.
  2. Reviewed by: David Grove
    Technically impressive horror film and sometimes fun to watch, but totally undistinguished.
  3. The dialogue is nothing to speak of, but the movie has a dynamite opening sequence in which the corporation turns on its workers, leaving them, if not dead, then with "virtually no intelligence," like office workers everywhere.
  4. Jovovich isn't at her best, but that's mainly because her character is required to be in shock most of the movie, except when she remembers that she's a Charlie's Angel, or happily sheds clothing to maintain that R-rating. Frankly, most of us can live with that.
  5. 30
    Too grim and humorless to even qualify as trashy fun.
  6. 25
    The movie is "Dawn of the Dead" crossed with "John Carpenter's "Ghosts of Mars," with zombies not as ghoulish as the first and trains not as big as the second. The movie does however have Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez.
  7. 0
    Such a bad movie that its luckiest viewers will be seated next to one of those ignorant pinheads who talk throughout the show.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 104
  2. Negative: 20 out of 104
  1. Tomn.
    Aug 29, 2007
    A brilliant movie, above the standard action film. While it may not have the best lines in cinema histyory, and some of the acting is a bit cack (matt never changed his expression, once), it still stands to be a great fun film. With some of the best music ever heard in an action film, hectic and exciting action scenes, and a depressing but cool ending, this film doesn't fail to disappoint. The laser corridor, Rain's first zombie encounter and the final battle on the train are among the films highlights, and Mila Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez put on decent performances. This film is easily worth a rent; remember that these critics putting down Resident Evil are the same ones that said Pirates Of The Carribean was not a fun film. Expand
  2. Lee
    Jul 1, 2006
    Brill movie, great action and great for if you want to watch a good horror!
  3. KeenanS
    May 30, 2009
    Despite what critics and some people had to say about it, I absolutely loved Resident Evil. Sure the story doesn't exactly follow the games, but it created its own identity and was a well-written, competent story. The action scenes were well done, even if the zombies lacked blood and there was plenty to go around in terms of excitement. I loved the music and it fit well with the themes. Best of all, Milla Jovovich kicks so much ass in this film! Give it a try, it's actually quite good. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2011
    "Resident Evil" is a zombie movie based on a famous game franchise. The movie is different from the game and offers new perspective and entertainment, if and only if you can handle the cheesy dialogue and the lost-its-way plot of the movie. Expand
  5. Jul 28, 2013
    Can be disappointing on so many levels, but even though it doesn't do a good job of adapting the game, I still find this entertaining and watchable. The Manson/Beltrami score collaboration works well, as does the cold corporation slant. It's just that considering the source material, this doesn't live up to the awesomeness it could've been. Expand
  6. Mar 4, 2012
    I know this comes as lukewarm praise, given Anderson's horrendous catalogue, but this is his best film. Skip the rest of the series. Actually, skip this one too. Expand
  7. Exors1stDead
    Jan 1, 2007
    This movie sucks hard. Why did the disgrace the best zombie game ever? Why is it even called Resident Evil if nothing in the movie is based on the game except for zombies and a virus? The movie use swift punch and kicks special effects to much. Every single time they punch or kick, wtsh! It's so annoying. Is it so hard to include the plot and the characters from the game? NO it isn't. Terrible disgraceful movie. Expand

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