Paul Anderson gained a fair bit of notoriety in his native England when he directed the ultra-violent Shopping from his own script. The film, highly regarded for its stylish direction and production on a shoestring budget, featured [[Performer~P230573~Jude Law~judelaw]] and [[Performer~P56228~Sean Pertwee~seanpertwee]] in a story about ram-raiders, thieves whose technique is to drive a car into storefronts and make off with whatever goods can be grabbed in a few seconds. The film was banned in the U.K. for a while, and a somewhat trimmed version became a straight-to-video release in the U.S.
Shopping was enough of a calling card for [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]] that his next film was Mortal Kombat, a flashy adaptation of the hit computer game. [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]]'s visual flair and tight editing brought him a great deal of praise. The film performed wonderfully at the box office, giving [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]] a blank check for his next film. He had intended to go straight on to [[Feature~V173552~Soldier~soldier]] at Warner Bros., with [[Performer~P62232~Kurt Russell~kurtrussell]] in the lead, but the film was delayed by Russell's decision to take a break from acting, pushing the start date of that film into 1998.
[[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]] instead went on to direct Event Horizon from a script by [[Performer~P231248~Philip Eisner~philipeisner]], financed by Paramount, allowing [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]] to once again use [[Performer~P56228~Sean Pertwee~seanpertwee]] and [[Performer~P34601~Jason Isaacs~jasonisaacs]], who have become a small stock company for him. The science fiction/horror film was stylish and sometimes effective, but took a critical drubbing for its derivative story and poor script. With many critics commenting on the bloody carnage throughout, Event Horizon proved a weak performer at the box office. Though [[Feature~V173552~Soldier~soldier]] was eventually made following Event Horizon, it didn't fare much better at the box office and [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]] opted for the small screen for his next feature, a supernatural mystery titled The Sight. Maintaining a low-key profile that left many fans wondering if he would continue after two consecutive flops, [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]] shot back when he took the director's chair for the long-anticipated celluloid adaptation of the popular survival horror video game Resident Evil. Long rumored among fans to be a choice comeback vehicle for zombie grandfather George A. Romero (Romero in fact submitted a script for Resident Evil in addition to directing an atmospheric Japanese television commercial for the game's sequel), the writing and directing credits eventually transfered to [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]], leaving Romero fans pining for the long-rumored fourth entry into the "Living Dead" series.
Not only did Resident Evil breath life back into [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]]'s career, it also introduced him to actress Milla Jovovich who he fell for and later became engaged to. The two would reteam for the film's 2004 sequel, though [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]] opted to hand over directing duties on that film to first-time helmer Alexander Witt, while acting as producer and screenwriter on the project. [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]] instead focused his attention as a director in 2004 on the highly-anticipated Alien vs. Predator, a film based on a series of comic books that hypothesized a battle between two of the sci-fi-action genre's most notorious and monstrous characters. In 2006 [[Performer~P176236~Anderson~anderson]] would add another producer's credit to his filmography when he played a key role in helping to bring director Corey Yuen's video game adaptation D.O.A. to the big screen. ~ Steven E. McDonald, Rovi