I can’t help it, I love this movie. Resident Evil is hella problematic in oh so many ways but I do love it so. I don’t know if I would like it if I saw it for the first time today since a lot of the charm comes from nostalgia. The super-garlic-night I had with a friend watching Resident Evil and others, watching it with the man who would later become my husband early on in our relationship etc. As it stands, I can see the problem areas but not quite bring myself to care about them.
In case you’ve managed to miss it, Resident Evil starts in the underground labs of the Umbrella Corporation, where they develop, among other things, biological weaponry. Someone is stealing medical things and tosses one of the medical things away and as a result, everyone inside the facility dies. It is only after all these deaths that we finally meet Alice, one of the 1asting main characters of the franchise, across mediums. Alice has lost her memory, wakes up naked in a shower with nothing to wear but a red party dress, which she will be wearing throughout the movie. What follows is a breathless jaunt through the zombie-infested evil mad science lair.
The thing is, as much as I love it, the worldbuilding is not consistent. Alice is completely helpless in the beginning, using screams for help as self-defense. And by the time she gains her memory back, she’s also an effective killer, mowing down hordes of zombies. Anyway. Even though little things are starting to bug me about it, I’ll still come back to Resident Evil the next time I’m on a zombie jag or need to see some supremely evil corporations toppled down.