Resident Evil (2002) No Spoiler Review

An Average Movie-Goer’s Review

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Resident Evil (2002) no spoilers

I love horror movies and if I’m going to watch them anyway, why not write an entertaining/funny review from the point of view of an average movie-goer and not a professional critic?

Resident Evil (2002) is a loose adaptation of the early video games in the Resident Evil (Biohazard) series that mainly takes place in the fictional Racoon City overrun by zombies and bioweapons.

An unnamed woman (Mila Jovovich) with amnesia wakes up in a strange mansion, before long a mercenary team, a police officer (Eric Mabius), and her husband (James Purefoy); also with memory loss, explore a large facility called the Hive where an Artificial Intelligence has gone homicidal in an attempt to prevent a greater evil…. ZOMBIES!

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If the game Resident Evil 6 – Jake/Shirley Campaign is bad and Resident Evil 4 is the best with Resident Evil Village being good then this movie is Resident Evil 0.

Why am I using a purely subjective rating scale? Because all rating scales are subjective.

If you like B movies with some horror and a lot of action you’ll like this movie, it’s not as crazy as the sequels get with its rules and convoluted story-telling so it’s still pretty good for the average movie-goer. If you like Resident Evil games you might also still like this movie if you don’t come in thinking it’s an adaptation of the games because it’s definitely not that.

Also, a reboot came out in November 2021 that is more faithful to the games but it’s including Chris and Claire Redfield, Leon Kennedy, and a bunch of other characters from the first three numbered games so I don’t know just how faithful it will be…

You can read our explanation/review of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021), here.

Is Resident Evil Scary?

Ehh – Starts with tense scares then turns to more of an action movie, so it technically stays true to the spirit of the video game series overall. If you scare easily, you have nothing to worry about after the first 10 minutes of so.


Stuff to Ignore

Rotten Tomatoes – 36%

Metacritic – 33

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