The first installment in the Resident Evil series starts off on an entertaining note. While it's nothing spectacular, it knew it wasn't, and therefore it wasn't trying to seem spectacular, because it really wasn't.
Basically, Resident Evil is just a popcorn flick, adapted from the popular video game series of the same name.
We follow amnesiac Alice, who struggles to survive with a small group of ragtag companions in the locked-down facility of the Umbrella Corporation, where a horrible virus has broken out. Turns out the virus is turning all of the employees into zombies, and Alice and her friends have to escape the clutches of the zombie horde and a rogue super-computer before they all become dog food (because the lab animals escape too, of course). Their mission is to shut down the super-computer and get the hell out of there, pronto. Of course, things don't always go according to plan...
All in all, Resident Evil is a solid, entertaining horror-action movie that's sure to... well... entertain.
*** out of *****