September 29, 2012 7 Comments
I confess, I’m a bit surprised I haven’t found a real analysis of Resident Evil in the “conspiracy” realm. There are a few videos on youtube, but the quality is so poor, there’s no point in mentioning them. I am sure many of my friends and compatriots will sneer and giggle at a Resident Evil analysis, inasmuch as I am basically the only one who sees any value in the series.
In fact, not so much because the storyline is that great (it’s pretty cookie-cutter, since it is a video game film), but from a “conspiracy” vantage point, the symbols and messages in the series are exceptionally relevant. The “conspiracy” view is hot stuff nowadays, and pop culture is rife with “Illuminati” references everywhere. Resident Evil, however, is deeper than one might expect, and worthy of analysis, if anything because it has become a billion dollar plus franchise. In particular, I’m going to focus on the latest installment, Resident Evil: Retribution.
The overall plot, for those who aren’t aware, focuses on Alice (Milla Jovovich), the former head of security for the Umbrella Corporation, the omnipotent, omnipresent shady conglomerate that focuses on genetic engineering, bio-tech, bio-warfare, cloning and virology in its endless underground cities and facilities. Alice eventually discovers she is herself a crucial Umbrella experiment, being imprinted with an entirely false past with false memories and genetically engineered abilities that have resulted from the famed T-Virus, which originally caused the zombie apocalypse. Alice is constantly being cloned and tested on, with endless Millas piling up like hot sexy garbage. Alice wants answers and revenge, and embarks on a never ending mission to stop Umbrella and save what is left of the human race following the ravages of the now global zombie apocalypse.
In the first few installments, Alice escapes from the Umbrella facilities that are run by an A.I. supercomputer known as “Red Queen.” At first, communist ideology comes to mind with the red queen (since feminism is a Communist movement), and given the imagery and symbolism of the new film, it would not be far off. Communist/Soviet imagery and symbolism dominates the new film, making it even more “Illuminist” than I would have ever expected. The Cold War is referenced and made use of symbolically throughout the film, with resurrected undead Soviet zombies being used in the underground simulation cities. (The Red Queen is also the queen in Alice in Wonderland.)
As it turns out, Alice only thinks she is in Tokyo, Berlin, Moscow, etc. In actual fact, the cities are recreated simulations in a completely controlled and surveilled Umbrella underground base. In fact, underground cities and bases are very real, being mentioned all the way back in James Bamford’s classic The Puzzle Palace in 1982. A.I. Supercomputers like the “Red Queen” also exist, as Bamford has written of, as well. Bamford wrote in that work: