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3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
Resident Evil - Apocalypse [DVD] [2004]
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on 20 April 2017
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on 31 July 2017
The movie froze, and the box was damaged so the disc was loose in the box.
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on 21 May 2017
Ridiculous fun
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on 27 April 2017
What more is needed?
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on 29 May 2017
Great film
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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.
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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.
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on 3 July 2017
This, like all the Resident Evil films, is fun. I really liked the creature with the big gun. Its a fun film.
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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.
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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)
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