A covert U.S. paramilitary unit fights a powerful supercomputer as well as hundreds of scientists, who, due to a laboratory accident, have mutated into flesh-eating creatures.
A clanging, gory technohorror film inspired by a popular computer game series. The movie has a frantic staccato style that is more game-oriented than cinematic. As it blazes its gnashing and snarling trail, "Resident Evil" forces a shaky alliance between two subgenres: the futuristic techno-thriller and the zombie screamfest. The plot, such as it is, follows a group of commandos, led by Alice (Milla Jovovich) and Rain (Michelle Rodriguez), into an underground laboratory to isolate a lab-engineered virus that reanimates the body after death. When they discover that research staff members have metamorphosed into the undead and are out to devour them, the movie becomes an escape thriller. – Stephen Holden
2002-03-15 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Resident Evil