Paul W.S. Anderson
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Roderiguez
Widescreen; closed caption; English, French audio tracks; French, English subtitles; commentary by director Paul W.S. Anderson and actors; five exclusive featurettes; music video: "My Plague" by Slipknot; production notes; theatrical trailer.
|As movies based on video games go, "Resident Evil" isn't bad. Yes, it's pell-mell crap-sploitation. At least, it's a change of pace when it comes to unabashed marketing. Unlike the half-assed story-free films derived from "Lara Croft," "Super Mario Brothers," and "Mortal Kombat," "Resident Evil" serves as a prequel to the video game that gave it its name. There are even real jolts, a jot of plot and a dab of mystery. A crack female security agent (Milla Jovovich of "Zoolander"), suffering from a memory-wipe, finds herself trapped with a cadre of dangerous colleagues (including titanium-tough Michelle Roderiguez of "Girlfight") in a locked-down underground lab owned by a corrupt multinational corporation. As the agent tries to recall her mission, she and her associates one of whom is her enemy must fend off an army of plague-carrying zombies and mutants who seem to have wandered in from other genre films. Warning: Director Paul W.S. Anderson did "Mortal Kombat," too.|