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For fans it's a blast but likely to be lost on others
on 14 January 2009
Resident evil degeneration very much proves to be a resi game translated into a 90 minute scene. Arriving at the airport Claire Redfield finds herself in the middle of an viral outbreak of the T-virus, turning the dead into zombies. Trapped within the compound, with other survivors, a rescue team is dispatched headed by government agent Leon S Kennedy. As the story progresses it becomes apparent the outbreak was a terrorist attack tied to a shady pharmaceuticals firm; as Leon and Claire investigate they find themselves yet again pulled into a world of unimaginable horror.
T virus, G virus, Claire and Leon's reunion an homage to their original meeting, Claire wielding a specifically designed umbrella, just when you think the boss is dead it comes back, shady corporations, endless computer voiced countdowns to certain doom, mutants pursuing blood relations, heavy falling footsteps and of course spectacularly hokey dialogue. All staples of resident evil back in the day and ever present here. Less of a continuation of resident evil 4 and more of a sequel to resident evil 2, chances are if you never played Capcom's first sequel much of the movies charm will be lost on you but if you did you will more than likely lap it up.
Though the movie itself operates as both a sequel and a standalone affair, offering a new story with few links to previous instalments, other than names and off hand comments, and as such its a lot more accessible to newbies as opposed to say Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2 Disc Special Edition) was. It's good to see Claire and Leon together again, though as the movie progresses they don't share that much screen time together sadly, but their interaction is great fun and the movie keeps up a quick pace.
The voice acting is what you would expect from your typical resident evil game. The dialogue likewise follows suit, sounding especially silly when delivered with serious hammy conviction, but then again its all part of resident evils charm ( Jill sandwich anyone?). The animation is fast and fluid, facial detail is particularity good and the action sequences are of course OTT and highly entertaining.
All in all it's not likely to convert anyone who didn't like resident evil before and probably wont gain too many new fans, but for those of us who remember our zombie blasting days on the PS1 it's a guilty pleasure. Not a ground breaking move forward in animation films nor is the dialogue very well written but its definitely a movie for the fans, especially those who didn't enjoy the Anderson films,and as such proves to be a blast seeing a true to form resident evil movie on the screen.