Resident Evil
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Title: Resident Evil
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Written by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Produced by: Victor Hadida; Daniel Kletzky; Robert Kulzer; Yoshiki Okamoto; Paul W.S. Anderson; Jeremy Bolt; Bernd Eichinger; Samuel Hadida; Chris Symes
Music by: Marco Beltrami; Marilyn Manson
Cinematography: David Johnson
Edited by: Alexander Berner
Distributed by: Screen Gems
Columbia TriStar
Impact Pictures
Constantin Film Produktion
Released: March 15th, 2002
Rating: R
Running time: 100 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $33,000,000 [1][2]
Gross: $40,119,709 (US)[3]
$102,441,078 (Worldwide)[4][5]
Next: Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Resident Evil is an American feature film of the action, science fiction and horror genres. It is the first installment in a series that includes five sequels. The film is based on the Japanese video game Bio Hazard, which was re-packaged in the United States by Capcom in 1996 under the title Resident Evil. The movie adaptation, which actually serves as something of a prequel to the first game, was written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. It was produced by Davis-Films, Impact Pictures and Constantin Film Produktion, and released through Screen Gems - a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The movie opened theatrically in the United States on March 15th, 2002.

Plot Edit

Underneath Raccoon City exists a genetic research facility called the Hive, owned by the Umbrella Corporation. A thief steals the genetically engineered T-virus and contaminates the Hive with it. In response, the facility's artificial intelligence, the Red Queen, seals the Hive and kills everyone inside.

Alice awakens in a deserted mansion with amnesia. She dresses and checks the mansion and she is subdued by an unknown person. A group of commandos break into the mansion and arrest the person, who introduces himself as Matt Addison, who has just transferred as a cop in Raccoon P.D. The commandos explain that everyone in the group, except Matt, is an employee of the Umbrella Corporation, and that Alice and her partner Spence are guards for a Hive entrance under the disguise of a couple living in the mansion. Five hours prior, The Red Queen shut down the entire facility and released amnesia inducing gas. The commando team does not know why the Red Queen sealed the facility. The group travels to the underground train under the mansion that leads to the Hive, where they find Spence. They start the train and travel into the facility.

They reach the Queen's chamber, but it is protected by a laser defense system that kills four of the commandos. Kaplan disables the Red Queen and the power fails, opening all of the doors in the Hive. This releases the zombified staff and containment units containing Lickers, mutated animals. During a battle with the zombies, Rain is bitten and J.D is killed. Alice begins regaining her memories, but Matt and Alice are separated from the group. Matt looks for information about his sister Lisa, while Alice encounters several infected dogs and surprises herself when she reflexively defends herself with martial arts.

Matt finds his sister zombified. Alice saves him and Matt explains that he and Lisa were environmental activists. Lisa infiltrated Umbrella to smuggle out evidence of illegal experiments. Alice remembers she was Lisa's contact in the Hive and was intending to bring down Umbrella, but does not tell Matt. The survivors reunite at the Queen's chamber. The commandos explain that they have one hour before the Hive will seal automatically, trapping them inside. Alice and Kaplan activate the Red Queen in order to find an exit and rig the Red Queen's circuit breaker so they can shut her down remotely to force her cooperation. As they escape through maintenance tunnels, they are ambushed by zombies. Kaplan is bitten and separated from the group.

Alice remembers that an anti-virus is in the lab, but when they arrive it is missing. Spence regains his memory, realizing he stole and released the virus. He hid the T-virus and anti-virus on the train. Spence is bitten, traps the survivors in the lab, and heads to the train. He retrieves the anti-virus, but is ambushed and killed by a Licker as the survivors watch on a security monitor. The Red Queen offers to spare Alice and Matt if they kill Rain, whose health is fading and who has been infected too long for the anti-virus to work reliably. As the Licker attempts to reach them, Rain tells Alice to kill her. Alice refuses, then a power outage occurs. The lab door opens to reveal Kaplan, who disabled the Red Queen to open the door. They reach the train, where Alice dispatches a zombified Spence and takes the anti-virus.

On the train, they inject Rain and Kaplan with the anti-virus. However, the Licker is hiding on the train, and attacks them, clawing Matt. The licker kills Kaplan and hurls him from the train. Alice and Matt battle the Licker. Rain turns into a zombie and attacks Matt, but he kills her. They open a trapdoor, dropping the Licker under the train, killing it. Matt and Alice escape the Hive as the containment doors close.

At the mansion, Matt's wound begins mutating. Before Alice can give him the anti-virus the mansion doors burst open and a group of Umbrella scientists and commandos seize them. They subdue Alice and take Matt away, revealing he is to be put into the Nemesis Program and they intend to re-open the Hive. Alice attempts to fight them off, but is knocked unconscious.

Some time later, Alice awakens at the Raccoon City Hospital strapped to an examination table, with no memory of what happened since her capture. After escaping, she goes outside to find Raccoon City abandoned. A newspaper clipping shows that the T-virus spread to the surface after Umbrella reopened the Hive, creating an army of undead that devastated the city. Alice arms herself with a shotgun from an abandoned police car.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • The tagline for this film is, "A secret experiment. A deadly virus. A fatal mistake.".
  • Alice is the central protagonist in all of the films in the Resident Evil series. Her last name is never revealed in the films, but in the novels, she is identified as Alice Abernathy.

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