Resident Evil is the first zombie movie that I've seen in the theater since starting this web page, and now that I think about it, it's actually the first that I've seen in the theater ever. I vaguely remember some of the Phantasm series being in the theaters at some point in my youth, but at that point in time, I wasn't interested. Anyway, Resident Evil turned out to be a big disappointment.
It was based off of the computer game of the same name, which I'm told is a promising start, but it failed to go anywhere with it. The movie opens in the Hive, a secret underground research lab where a classified T-virus has just been intentionally released by an unknown perpetrator. The artificial intelligence that controls the Hive notices the released virus and seals the entire lab, killing all those inside. So far so good.
At this point, the movie takes a nose dive. We cut to Alice (Milla Jovovich), the heroine, waking up in a shower. We spend a long time watching Milla wander around the mansion that she's in with a confused look on her face. I felt the same way, since it isn't until several minutes later that we figure out that she has lost her memory.
Without going into too much detail, Milla and a team of commandos go into the Hive to figure out why the computer killed everyone. Unbeknownst to them, the released T-virus has reanimated all the dead people as zombies, but all the zombies are still sealed inside their labs. It isn't until the commandos reboot the main computer that the zombies are released, and the commandos have to fight their way back out.
The action is OK, and there are a couple of good zombie scenes, but the movie relies too heavily on using loud noises and sudden movements to scare the viewers. The plot is also pretty predictable, and even the "shock" ending is not too surprising. The characters are stereotypical, and frankly, for most of the movie I was a little bored.