BY MICHELLE MEDFORD
Okay, take a deep breath. Underneath Raccoon City is a facility called The Hive, owned by the Umbrella Corporation and controlled by AI “The Red Queen.” Someone steals a rabies-like virus developed at The Hive and unleashes it on its employees. The movie starts after this has already happened, with Alice, a survivor with amnesia (because as part of The Hive’s defence mechanism, The Red Queen released amnesia-inducing gas). The Hive is also still in lockdown mode after the viral outbreak, so no one can escape. Alice (Milla Jovovich), with a small group of other survivors, tries to make her way to The Red Queen to restore the system and escape the complex. However, they need to make it past the infected undead and The Red Queen’s destructive state-of-the-art security system first.
Although this film received harsh criticism when it was released, it’s really just a fun, fast-paced thrill-of-a-movie with a strong female lead, not to mention, the sci-fi story holds up (and develops in future films).
STRAIN OF ZOMBIE
These zombies don’t really seem to do anything until you make your presence known. They kind of just lurk around quietly (and almost peacefully) until your delicious flesh presents itself. Then they growl and attack. They can be taken down with a bullet to the head, or seemingly, even a kick to the face.
HOW IT FLESHED OUT THE GENRE
What’s so great about this movie is that it’s not entirely a zombie movie; it’s an action/sci-fi/zombie-horror hybird, and as such, it’s not comparable to much else. Of course, I think all zombie movies come with a sci-fi element, sometimes overtly and sometimes not, but this movie thrived on that and melded it with corporate and technological criticism. Maybe its the blend of genres that threw critics off, not meeting the expectation of one specific genre. Or maybe it was just the bad acting. However, despite the haters, there really isn’t much you can compare this film to today.
(UN)DEAD ON DEATH SCENE
Can I say the dog scene? Alice battles rabid dogs. That’s all you need to know.[youtube http://youtu.be/AvZDJKJxlls]