Resident Evil
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The director of Mortal Kombat (1995) adapts another popular video game for the big screen with this gory action thriller. Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez star as Alice and Rain, two members of a commando team assigned to infiltrate the Hive, an underground research laboratory owned by the faceless conglomerate known as the Umbrella Corporation. A bio-engineered virus has been released into the maze-like Hive, turning the facility's employees into mindless, flesh-eating zombies. A single scratch or bite from one of these rampaging ghouls dooms its victim, so the commandos have their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite a promising setup, pic never really goes anywhere, instead immersing viewers in a kinetic onslaught of flesh (namely, that of Milla Jovovich) and flesh-eaters (most of the rest of the cast)."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"It's completely pointless."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"This routine video-game spinoff borrows heavily from James Cameron action flicks and George Romero zombie epics but doesn't do much else."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"The overblown action and cheapo effects become as relentless as the undead."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Entertainment in dire need of its own self-assurance."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Hats off, however, to the production team for the set designs and one very imaginative death-by-laser sequence. The rest is a derivative, tedious mess."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"An already thin story boils down to surviving invaders seeking an existent anti-virus. If only there were one for this kind of movie."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"This adaptation captures the spirit of the video games and with its fun, anything can happen mindset and tons of over the top violence, 'Resident Evil' proves there may be a future for video game movies yet."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"A Z grade bit of fodder for the pre-teen sector..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"here are times when RESIDENT EVIL looks unfinished or below its potential"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"On its own terms, Resident Evil updates the zombie genre with an anti-corporate message while still scaring its audience and providing heart-pounding action."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"It all looks and plays like a $40 million version of a game you're more likely to enjoy on a computer."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"An ultra-gory video game-to-movie disappointment."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This video-game-to-celluloid adaptation has a clammy, nightmarish glaze and tightly coiled sense of tension."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"So bad it can't even steal effectively from good movies that came before."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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