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Resident Evil: Apocalypse

by

Jeff Nelson

If you're looking for dreadful dialogue, paper thin plot, many explosions and fighting, then you may enjoy this.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse
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It can be a terrible thing when a film has a good idea and the second one tries to mess with it. The first Resident Evil deviated from the video game plot and made the movie standing alone, while the sequel, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, incorporates many story lines and characters from the original games.

After an outbreak in a top-secret facility, Umbrella Corporation attempts to cover up their mistakes by releasing their deadly Nemesis to eliminate surviving STARS members in Raccoon City, leaving only Alice who can stop him. The idea to bring the once claustrophobic feeling from the first and bringing it to a larger landscape is smart. However, taking characters from the game, story elements and even some dialogue is absolutely tacky and lazy. The screenplay isn't anything special and attempts humor and fails on almost every level.

Mila Jovovich reprises her role from the original film. In this sequel, there's more action, fighting, and gun firing than before. Jovovich does most of her stunts and pulls it off. Of course, there's a few hit and miss lines of dialogue, but she manages to be one of the only components from the original that remained decent. The rest of the cast is quite rotten and takes the already bad script and turns it up to another level.

The sets are the most redeeming quality of the film. They're made to appear deserted, creepy, and as if a zombie will pop out at any moment. Most of the action scenes are cliché, but one stands out in particular. The scene in the church with civilians being terrorized by strange creatures with long tongues, Alice swoops in to put an end to it. Explosions, gunfire, fist fighting, name it and this film has it.

With a new director and having only one actor return from the original caused the sequel to lose its vision. It's a shame since the idea of bringing it above ground could have surpassed the original. If you're looking for dreadful dialogue, paper thin plot, many explosions and fighting, then you may enjoy this. Resident Evil: Apocalypse should be thought-out before making a rental or purcahase.

My Rating = Two and One Half Stars

Next movie: Resident Evil: Extinction
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