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Resident Evil

An ultra-gory video game-to-movie disappointment.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know


Graphic violence with many characters killed or in extreme peril.


Sexual references, brief nudity.


Very strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil has extremely gross and graphic violence, with many disgusting deaths and truly icky monsters. Characters are in extreme peril and most of them are killed. There is very strong language and a brief sexual situation with nudity.

What's the story?

In sci-fi thriller RESIDENT EVIL, a huge corporate conglomerate operates a mysterious underground research facility called The Hive. When something goes wrong with a devastating virus experiment, the governing computer system (think 2001's Hal the computer with the voice of Alice in Wonderland) shuts everything down, including killing off all the people. Two amnesiac security officers are brought down into The Hive by a team of commandos. And the rest of the movie consists of the group being confronted by various booby-traps and being chased by various mutants and zombies.

Is it any good?


The definitive comment about this movie was made by my friend, who walked out of the theater with me and said, "The computer game is more realistic than the movie." At least, I think that's what he said. My ears were still ringing from the highest decibel audio track I can remember. OK, no one was going in expecting insights about the human condition or Oscar-worthy performances in a movie based on a CD-ROM. All we hope for is some cool special effects and fight scenes. But even on that level, Resident Evil is a disappointment.

For the record, I can accept forgoing insight, characterization, and even dialogue in a movie like this. But it's not OK to forego stunning visuals, clever plot twists, and a sense of humor, and here Resident Evil falls short. What it does have is undead humans who look like rejects from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, mutant vampire Dobermans who look like they they've been turned inside out, some laser beams that slice into people in a really gross way, and, on the plus side, a literally kick-ass performance by Michelle Rodriguez.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how people should respond if they believe that their organization is doing something wrong and about the kinds of controls our society establishes to keep private organizations from getting out of control. 

  • If you've played it, how does Resident Evil compare to the video game it was based on? What is similar and what is different? Does the violence have the same impact in the movie as it does in the game? What are some other movies based on video games? 

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 22, 2002
DVD/Streaming release date:December 17, 2002
Cast:Eric Mabius, Michelle Rodriguez, Milla Jovovich
Director:Paul W.S. Anderson
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:gross violence, language, and brief nudity

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Adult Written byManic Bulldog February 16, 2009

Let's Slow it Down!

I hadn't plan on reviewing this film since I havent watched it in over a year... but after reading my fellow reviewers responses, I decided I needed to do the film justice. Now the film was actually done rather well... and as for some people who would catagorize this film in the "b" section of budget and production, they would be sadly mistaken. The movie wasnt supposed to follow the game... it was mearly based on the existing format layed out by Capcom. The movie did well enought to provide 3 sequels to date. (RE: Apocolypse, RE: Extinction. and RE: Degeneration). I just felt like I needed to do this film justice. Thanks for reading!
Adult Written byalec_smithers April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 August 3, 2013

Resident evil is awesome

Great Campy Horror movie, that is not as gory as most horror movies. There is gore and people get eaten, but it is a pretty tame zombie movie. There is some language, but it isn't bad for an R rated movie. They do have sexual content which includes showing Alice's bare back as she kisses a man on a bed. In the beginning Alice puts on a robe and from an angle you can see nipple's and breast, but this is quick and non-sexual. Towards the end she wears this paper type cover and she falls and her pubic region is sort of visible in shadow, but it is shadowed so it isn't really visible. So there is nudity. I think a mature 12 can handle it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing