A Hype To Remember: Resident Evil (2002)

Let’s take a walk down memory lane to a time before happiness existed, a time before we knew the fullness of Milla Jovovich’s Resident Evil series.


Movie trailers are interesting time capsules that don’t get enough credit for being a commentary on the past. They reflect the perceived notion of what was cool at the time, and almost always feature some kind of visual gag, trope, or thematic element that really drive it home that this movie is “of its time.” Since we’re a podcast about looking at media post-hype, I thought it would be interesting to dig into the ol’ trailer vaults on YouTube and find a piece of cinematic history:




The Resident Evil US film franchise is effectively over, and it’s interesting to see just how the series has evolved over time through the lens of this first official trailer. It’s especially worth noting how from the beginning this movie knew what it was, and how it was going to proceed if they “could make more.” Even if the final movie in the series was a huge letdown, it’s really cool to watch Milla Jovovich play in this space and really make it her own.


Hope you enjoy this brief look into the past. I know I did!


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