The rights to turn the game to a movie were bought by Constantin Film in 1997. They actualy asked zombie legend George A. Romero to write a script for it, however, Paul W.S. Anderson wrote one that was liked better, and in 2002, Resident Evil, starring his wife-to-be Milla Jovovich was released.
- Milla Jovovich as Alice - what can you say? Since the Fifth Element, she's been fun, watchable, and legitimately action oriented. If you haven't seen Fifth Element in a while, rent that now. Of course, the first thing I remember her from is Kuffs. If you haven't seen that - rent it now. She's still badass in this one, despite she and Anderson having had a baby recently.
- Sienna Guillroy is back as Jill Valentine. Valentine showed up in RE2, and popped in as a teaser at the end of RE4 - her hair is long and blond now, which did confuse me a little, as she was very short and dark at the end of RE2. She has a great fight sequence with Milla near the end of the movie, and spends the rest of it bossing clone operatives around. She has also been in Eragon, which I saw, and InkHeart, which I also saw, both of them were just okay.
- Michelle Rodriguez plays two different versions of Rain in this picture - remember, Umbrella is cloning people all over the place. Random trivia - Michelle was such a fan of the video game when it first came out that she told her agent if it ever got made into a movie, she wanted in. Thus the reason she was in the first one, and got upset when she got killed at the end of it! It's very fun to see her play the laid back hippie version of herself (incidentally hippie Michelle Rodriguez is still pretty much a badass), then the full out combat version of herself from the first movie, and then the amped up on T-Virus Las Plagas Parasite super version of herself. She's crazy good for this type of flick.
- Li BingBing or BingBing Li plays Ada Wong. It seemed to me like all of her lines were looped in later, it was a little distracting, but may only be my issue! She was fine, I'm not familiar with the character from the game, so who knows how accurate she was. I do find it interesting anytime someone breaks into a high security holding facility in an evening gown.
- Boris Kodjoe is back as Luthor West, he doesn't have a ton to do - but really, it is not needed in this. Here's a big gun, point it at the zombies.
- Johann Urb, formerly of the CW's The Mountain, plays Leon S. Kennedy - a character that they have attempted to work into several of the previous movies but finally gets some screen time in this one.
- Shawn Roberts is back as Wesker, who was portrayed by everyone's favorite time traveling cop, Jason O'Mara in the tiny bit the character had in RE3 (O'Mara time traveled as a cop in Life on Mars and again in Terra Nova...apparently any TV show that has time traveling cops is Jason O'Mara territory.) Roberts picked up the character in RE4, and again here, plays him as cucumber cool behind his creepy sunglasses. He took away Alice's powers at the beginning of 4, and gives them back at the end of 5. Presumably she will need them in 6. He's not in this one very much, and spends the time he has working hard to fill out an under-armor style shirt, and yes, recruit help for the final battle to save humanity.
- Kevin Durand (Legion, Real Steel, Wolverine, Smokin' Aces...I love him) joins the band of mercenaries as Barry Burton - again, not a ton to do - big gun, kill zombies. Some random trivia for you, he's real life BFFs with Russell Crowe, which is why he always shows up in Russell Crowe movies (3:10 to Yuma, Robin Hood, Mystery Alaska).
- Oded Fehr is back as Carlos Olivera and a couple of cloned Carloses and gets to play with Jovovich in the suburban hallucination sequence. Incidentally, has no issue making gunplay look natural as was trained in the Israeli army - again, that should win you a trivia contest someday.
- The exquisitely elegant Colin Salmon plays 'One' again - but you know, another clone as he was chopped into tiny pieces by a laser grid in the first movie. We'll have to see if he reprises his role as M's sidekick in the new Bond, which he had for all the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies.
8 out of 10 - gained points for the suburban sequence, creepy and fun. Lost points for being the first RE movie without zombie dogs, who knew I would miss them? Gained points for the giant Licker, those things are ridiculous and just keep getting bigger. Lost points for the survivors of the last movie really only showing up in the first five minutes of this one. Lame - exactly what are the Redfields doing at this point?
Bonus Video 1 - the teaser trailers for 2 and 3, this series had some of the very best teaser trailers. In the one for 2 - check the doberman, before it goes zombie...and in 3, just the best way to use Vegas!