By Brett Mullins
Resident Evil is the loose adaptation of the Zombie survival horror video game franchise of the same title.
At the Umbrella Corporation’s underground research facility, The Hive, a virus, developed illegally as a biological weapon, was released contaminating the area. In response to such a situation, the oversight mechanism, known as the Red Queen, sealed the entire complex off to prevent the virus from reaching the outside world. A squad of Umbrella employed commandos and three unknown characters descend into the Hive to bring resolution to this possible catastrophe.
Being an adaptation of a cult gaming franchise, the expectations of this film are vast when compared with the standard runofthemill films of the zombie genre. With this considered, Resident Evil manages to offer a decent plot, albeit some cheesy moments, mind numbing zombie killing action and a cast of characters that are likable enough.
George A. Romero, the ‘Godfather of the Zombie film,’ was originally set to write and direct this film. After producing a screenplay, however, the Romero’s work was rejected, opting instead for the fast paced action filled script of writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson.
This film passes up the humor card and is, at times, legitimately scary. As is true with any serious work, any faultier in the pace or tone of the film will result in a cheesy needless scene. This is true, primarily from the reliance on poor animation for ‘the Licker,’ a constantly mutating character borrowed from the video game.
Resident Evil pleases movie goers and fan boys alike while opening the door for a slew of mediocre sequels.