Resident Evil

Resident Evil

Paul Anderson (2002)

96min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Paul Anderson makes amends for his lacklustre Mortal Kombat here with another video game adaptation. A single-minded tale of genetic research facility workers accidentally turned into ravenous zombies, it's a relentless throat-grabber. Hingeing on grisly special effects, breakneck pacing and hard-hitting fight sequences, Anderson at least racks up the tension to claustrophobic levels. It really is like watching a video game come to life - should that appeal - as Milla Jovovich and a team of commandos move through progressively more dangerous levels to wipe out the undead. As with the film's source material, there's no enduring substance here. However, the nerve-jangling score, co-composed by shock rocker Marilyn Manson, gives it an extra frenetic edge.

Summary

A team of commandos enters a top-secret underground research facility when a deadly virus which turns victims into flesh-eating zombies is accidentally released. But their containment mission spins out of control as a rogue super-intelligent computer and hordes of the marauding undead wreak havoc. Sci-fi action horror, starring Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez and James Purefoy.

Cast & Crew

Alice Milla Jovovich
Rain Michelle Rodriguez
Matt Eric Mabius
Spence James Purefoy
Kaplan Martin Crewes
One Colin Salmon
Red Queen Michaela Dicker
Clarence Jaymes Butler
Director Paul Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Violence, swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
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