on 29 June 2005
Not knowing the game, I'm coming at this purely as a fan of the zombie genre. Therefore its probably not too much of a surprise that I find the 'giant sinister corporation' subplot, the sub-Matrix gymnastics and the various mutants and devil dogs a distraction from what was a fairly decent scenario, but they work well enough in context, and I guess it wouldnt be the film of the game without them. There are occasional problem with the editing, which is quite messy in places, but the action rattles along well enough. There are nods to 'Terminator', 'Escape From New York' and as mentioned, 'The Matrix' in here, perhaps betraying a more mainstream lineage but on the plus side, there is much more focus on the action in the streets as the virus takes hold. The lone survivor desperately seeking shelter and isolated pockets of cops fighting pitched battles against the rising hoarde that the 'Day of the Dead' remake (while excellent) only briefly touched on. So while this film isnt perfect, its good enough, and zombie flicks, let alone good zombie flicks arent common enough for fans of the genre to be too judgemental.
on 22 January 2005
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is an average yet entertaining action movie which succeeds in surpassing its predecessor in most aspects. Picking up immediately where the original concluded, we follow Alice in the now infected Raccoon City as she attempts to find a way to escape before the city is concealed and wiped off the map.
Although Resident Evil was not particularly good, it had several things going for it. The claustrophobic feel to the entire picture was quite appealing and the wry 'Alice in Wonderland' implications were amusing and entertaining. Unfortunately, both of these aspects are lost in the sequel, however it succeeds in having a slightly stronger plot and cooler characters.
The characters of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, although quite limited, are quite entertaining and fans of the video game saga will be pleased that some of game faces have made it to the big screen. Although not entirely faithful to the games the adaptations of character from small to big screen are for the most-part well done. The fact that the film has many more options - with the entire city to roam - does it some favours making this movie perhaps more gripping than the original. The film also manages to generate some genuine chills, perhaps the children in the school being the most noticeable.
However, the film's successes are equalled by its weaknesses, unfortunately. The action scenes are at times quite shoddy with a general feeling of motion sickness. The dialogue is quite weak at times and there are some characters who you really couldn't care about if you tried. It is quite refreshing that the sequel veers away from the zombie menace for the entrance of a 'big bad' but when the villain looks like it has been in an accident in an industrial-sized vat of plasticine, you're in trouble.
In spite of its flaws, this film is for the most-part enjoyable and is solid popcorn entertainment, but nothing more. The sequel-friendly ending also means that the third movie in the saga - Resident Evil: Afterlife - is an increasing possibility. Those who weren't completely put off by the original should certainly give this a try although this definitely won't be for everybody.
(May I also point out that the reviewer who rated the film as poor due to a character's incorrect hair colour should get a slap)
on 25 February 2008
The sequel to Resident Evil is pretty much what you'd expect. After being captured by the Umbrella Corporation at the end of the first film, almost-sole-survivor Alice (Milla Jovovich) wakes up in an abandoned laboratory in Raccoon City to find that the zombie-inducing `t-virus' has infected Raccoon City. Half the city is already infected and Umbrella Corporation has sealed off the city limits and is planning to "sanitize" the area.
Hooking up with a rag-tag group of survivors, Alice makes a deal with a rogue Umbrella scientist who promises to get them out of the city if they rescue his missing daughter who's lost in the city. But as you may imagine Umbrella has its own plans for Alice and seven-foot armour-clad mutant called Nemesis who's using the infected city as a training ground. Cue much shooting, fighting and explosions.
I really enjoyed Resident Evil: Apocalypse as a thriller with action, suspense and a bit of gore thrown in to keep up with the genre. Mila Jovovich is brilliant as Alice and with the addition of Sienna Guillory as Valentine and Oded Fehr as Carlos Olivera you've got all the ingredients for a shoot-em-up action thriller with a twist. As with the first movie the cliffhanger ending leaves the door wide open for the next installment in the series.
on 18 January 2012
As the Resident Evil series rank among my favourite movies of all times, I've decided to buy them on Blu-ray. As always, the sound and image quality skyrocketed in comparison with the DVD, but I have this odd feeling there were some extra seconds of footage in there (and it wasn't just me, the person I was watching it with thought this as well).
Either way, this movie is worth the few extra pounds you'd pay to have it on Blu-ray. You don't have to be familiar with the original games in order to understand the movies, and while the acting and storyline might not be all that you'd want it to be, the action sequences and special effects are good enough to keep you entertained.
on 26 March 2006
Granted, I wasn't expecting much, but this film turned out to be a gem. I notice from previous reviews that it seems to suffer because of it's derivation from a computer game. Some people can't believe that any film taken from a corny computer game can be any good and others, fans of the game, slag it off because it departs from the game's storyline. As far as I am concerned, it stands up on it's own right as a good little action/horror movie with a good storyline. Milla Jovovich is superb as the mutated heroine and manages somehow to combine the stunning looks of a catwalk model with the convincing authority that she would pull your head off and spit down your windpipe if you got in her way.
Get in a six-pack, or a bottle of wine, and enjoy a good evening of zombie crunching mayhem. Thoroughly recommended!
on 10 November 2013
While Films like 28 Days Later do have some great moments, and films like 28 Weeks later pull the zombie outbreak madness very nicely, and films like World War Z do take on the international side of a worldwide zombie outbreak, I have to say that Resident Evil Apocalypse is pretty much the only film in existence that shows how a single city suffers a zombie apocalypse.
The story is about the t-virus getting out of the Umbrella Corporation lab that was the main setting for the original Resident Evil film. So while in the previous film, sterile lab environments, cargo bays, cramped maintenance passages and office cubicles were the setting, it is an urban metropolis in Resident Evil: Apocalypse. The film has all the ingredients of a zombie classic: a bustling city waiting to descend into chaos, a team of spec ops forces aboard a helicopter, Umbrella Corp's agents who seal off the city, people trapped in high rise buildings, survivors boarding themselves up in stores, police firing at zombies in the streets, and then of course you have the Nemesis and his minigun and rocket launcher. This time around, Alice is armed to the teeth, and we have a ragtag band of survivors including a wounded cop, a reporter and the beautiful Sienna Guillory playing officer Jill Valentine. The film is also filled with classic locations: the bridge leading out of the city, a church, a graveyard, a school, a police station, etc.
This is the best film in the entire series, in my opinion. It has just the right mix to remain awesome from beginning till end. Granted, it isn't as scary as the original Resident Evil, but then again it is more action oriented than being a horror movie. And yet, you have the apocalyptic setting going on perfectly. A solid four, out of five.
on 8 August 2011
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is, of course, the second in the (so far) four-part, video-game inspired, film franchise. It picks up where the first film left off, with Alice (Mila Jovovich) waking up in hospital to find that Raccoon City has been taken over by the undead and sealed off by her erstwhile employers (the Umbrella Corporation) Oh noes! What will she do? Well, she'll need to get dressed, for a start.
Now, let's be clear. This film (and it's stable-mates) have no pretentions to high art. Neither are they really intended to faithfully reproduce the games from which they developed. The RE film series is no more than a bunch of zombie movies and I think we need to hold on to that thought. There will be plenty of shuffling, slack-jawed, dead-eyed ghouls (But that's enough about Amazon Vine reviewers), gallons of gore and, as the protagonists have access to military-grade weaponry, a far-from-modest body-count. The story-line, believability and acting all take second place to the really important stuff - heads coming off and good-looking heroes/heroines and at least we can take comfort that the director and producer understood that perogative.
Indeed, it would be hard to find a better looking heroine than Milla J, who established herself as Alice, zombie dispatcher extrordinaire in RE1. This time 'round she has some superhuman powers which I admit, regardless of my earlier comments, do stretch the imagination somewhat. She sure can ride a motorbike, though. Milla/Alice is ably assisted by Carlos (Oded Fehr) a rugged, handsome SWATesque type fellow and Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) a svelte, sexy police officer type lassie. Good looking indeed - in a pinch, I'd go with Oded, but I'd be thinking of Sienna. Mike Epps also tags along as a Huggy Bear type character, but he is really only there for comic value and to give the cast some (ahem) diversity.
Their task is to rescue a sweet little girl, fight off a big bloke in a rubber monster suit (not to mention all those pesky zombies) and flee the city before it is "sanitised" by the naughty old Umbrella Corporation. So, not much going on there then. Really though, this does its job admirably, if you're willing to accept some big plot "issues". How can an entire city be cut off from the outside world? How can the corporation then nuke it (sorry! spoiler!) and pass it off as a power station accident? How can the Umbrella Corporation achieve such fantastical things but still designs a swipe-lock that can be opened by poking it with a needle and a computer security system that can be hacked by typing in "find password"? How does Jill manage to keep her bits from popping out of that boob-tube every five minutes? I think we should be told.
Fortunately the visual elements of the film (special effects, zombie makeup, sexy cast, blood, brains and great big bangs) make up where the plotline fails and, if you can achieve a zombie-like level of mental activity ("Braaaaaiiiins!") you can extract maximum pleasure from this fine example of the cinematic arts.
on 11 January 2011
This is another great Resident Evil film that filled with zombies, action and an insane "Boss" (Nemesis) that really makes this film entertaining.
The film starts with a quick introduction showing you a snippet of the previous film to help you understand what happened, and then shows you the outbreak starting to take over Raccoon City before breaking into the final scene of Alice(MillaJovovich) waking up from her capture at the end of the first film.
The action soon heats up with Umbrella, survivors and Police shooting it out to survive the threat of infection. When experiments enter the scene, so does Alice in great fashion creating carnage and joyful destruction from the offset making use of anything handy.And so the mission for survival unfolds.
The film thrills again with elegant destruction much the same as the previous one with bone breaking close combat fighting, to tense chase scenes, explosions and of course mad shooting all around. This film keeps you on your toes and really gets you into it changing in every scene.
This film has many similarities to the Resident Evil 3 Nemesis game featuring some of the same characters, themes, movie scenes and monsters. However they have really juiced it up with a different storyline, characters and ending that really gives it a renewed feeling. The challenger Nemesis has been created superbly and really adds a new level to the film. A slow fierce tank with huge fire power against the nimble killing machine of Alice. And who wins? The end result is nothing short of genius.
The ending to this film trails on nicely to make you want to see the next one but doesn't leave you annoyed at the stopping point; it seems like the perfect time to cut it off. I would undoubtedly recommend this to a friend especially if they enjoyed the first one as it's even better than the original and well worth the watch.
This one gets a brain busting 8.0 / 10
on 17 September 2007
If you felt the first "Resident Evil" movie didn't quite capture the atmosphere of the original game, you can sleep a little easier now. "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" has EVERYTHING: from dark, creepy graveyards, a Gothic cathedral and classic lorries in an "Escape from New York"- style deserted city to a cigarette smoking Jill Valentine and half naked hooker zombies. Although this sequel clearly had a much bigger budget than the original film, director Alexander Witt has kept it credible and didn't use digital technology to bombard your senses and keep your mind of the lack of a decent storyline. Rather than making you feel like you're watching a computer- made movie where nothing seems real, the special effects help create a desolate and panicky atmosphere with credible characters who struggle to survive in a city that's infested with their undead compatriots, partially decayed K-9s and other creepy lifeforms. The scene where one survivor has to go up against a class of elementary school zombies is just terrifying. Unlike the director of the "Dawn of the Dead" remake, Witt and producer/ script writer Paul W.S. Anderson have opted not to follow in the footsteps of the fast- moving "28 Days Later" zombies, but has clearly been inspired not only by George Romero's view of walking corpses, but also by his opinion of our western society. The real evil in this movie is not the zombies or even the killer mutant Nemesis (who looks and sounds like he has just stepped out of the original game and into this movie), but a Big Brother- style multinational that puts itself above the law and has no respect whatsoever for morale, decency or anything human. Even if you've never played the video game, didn't like the first "Resident Evil" movie or don't care for a lot of high tech military action in a horror film, I'd still highly recommend you take the time to watch this one. If you liked both the 1978 version of "Dawn of the Dead" and "Aliens", you're going to love "Resident Evil: Apocalypse". Besides, if internationally acclaimed Milla Jovovich agreed to add it to her résumé of, among others, "the Fifth Element", "the Messenger: the Story of Jean of Arc" and "the Million Dollar Hotel", it has to be good!
on 19 July 2005
This sequel has done rather well and is as good as the first. In terms of the game this has much more in common with the games than the first, some of the scenes are almost lifetd straight from the game (helicopter shooting office block) for one. This covers areas of the 2nd and Nemesis games. With Nemesis a key character in this film. Continuing almost straight on from the first this is a cool action film in it's own right but has a good sense of humuor to. So if you just after a cool action film with some challenging stunts you'll enjoy this, but purely switch off your brain time action. Although I did feel a bit dissapointed with the ending to be honest and think a few others scenes would have beefed it up a little, maybe siege at the police station as in the 2nd game would have be fun.
The DVD is loaded with extras, with some comparison to the games although as a big fan of the games wish this was more indepth than it is. You also get the usual making of, deleted scenes blooper reel and it really comes across how much fun the actors had making this film especially Jocahvich, and the zombie school is fun. Also includes a look at some of the stunts and special effects for key scenes and how they were done. Overall a very cool package for resident evil and action fans alike.