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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Milla Jovovich
Sienna Guillory
Oded Fehr
Mike Epps
Sophie Vavasseur
Milla Jovovich.
Directors
Alexander Witt.
Screenwriters
Paul WS Anderson
Paul WS Anderson.
Running Time
93 minutes

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Evil appears once again, much to the chagrin of Milla Jovovich.


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Plot
Picking up where Resident Evil left off, we follow Alice as she emerges into the now (un)dead Racoon City. Together with other survivors Jill Valentine, Carlos Olivera and Nicholai she must battle her way to safety, past new threat Nemesis...


Review
Here's irony for you.

The Year Of The Zombie, which got off to such a great start with Shaun Of The Dead and the excellent Dawn Of The Dead remake, has been killed by an adaptation of the very game whose success prompted the zombie movie revival in the first place.

Not that our hopes for Resident Evil: Apocalypse were high. After all, the original wasn't much cop. Sad to report, the sequel does nothing to improve on it.

Fanboys will be keen to pin the blame on Paul W. S. Anderson, who wrote and directed the original, but although he scribbled this mish-mash screenplay, he's not the culprit. The blame should go to first-time director Witt who, when not mangling action scenes with hamfisted editing and an alarmingly shaky grasp of geography, or rendering a simple plot incomprehensible, is busy undoing all of Dawn and Shaun's good work.

If those movies effectively killed off slow-moving zombies as a genuine menace, Witt makes sure they stay dead once and for all, unintentionally diminishing their threat still further by shooting the ravenous hordes in a horrendous, jerky slo-mo so corny you half expect Michael Jackson to pop up and pull some slick dance moves. Only once, with a sequence involving a roomful of zombie schoolkids, does he come close to generating any chills.

Admittedly, the second half does veer away from the zombies to focus on the Buffy-esque Big Bad: genetically engineered unstoppable killing machine, Nemesis. But again Witt drops the ball - when your villain looks like the Toxic Avenger's third cousin has fallen into a vat of Play-Doh, you're in trouble.

There are positives, though. Once again, Jovovich's Alice is suitably kick-ass (she's been souped up with enhanced speed and strength, and yet more gratuitous nudity), but despite a heavy dose of the flashbacks, there's precious little emotional connection to her or any of the characters (it was easier to care about Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira when they were pixels).

It's this lack of empathy that's Apocalypse's downfall - the zombie holocaust is mildly diverting, but chances are you'll emerge feeling like one of the undead.


Verdict
Fans of the games will have fun spotting the Easter eggs on display, but precious little else. Indeed, the chief horror here is the cliffhanger promising a third instalment.


Reviewed by Chris Hewitt


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RE: Resident Evil: Apocalypse

dent Evil: Apocalypse (2004) 'Jill Valentine' and three other people are holed up in an abandoned church trying to escape the ever growing army of zombies within 'Raccoon City' (one of the stupidest names for a city ever!). They are in a battle against a group of 'Lickers' and almost out of ammo, things look bleak. Suddenly a bright shines through the huge stained glass window...'Alice' blows through the glass mounted on top of a motorbike. She lands perfectly, informs the survivors to t... More

Posted by Phubbs at 04:53, 17 February 2013 | Report This Post


Resident Evil: Apocalypse Review

Resident Evil: Apocalypse has lots of action, but not much in terms of plot, characters or creativity. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 17:22, 26 January 2012 | Report This Post


I think the people that are comparing the Films to the games need to shut up.The fims aren't supposed to be copies of the games,it's a completley different view and i think Paul and everyone else who worked on the films did a great job,and so what if he cast his wife? Milla is amazing as Alice and she has skills. ... More

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Posted by AlexObscene at 13:37, 26 September 2011 | Report This Post


More Action Less Horror

The game series definitely moved to a more action-oriented focus with Resi 4 & 5, though that's not to say both games didn't have moments that were genuinely chilling, disturbing or downright horrible (being stuck in that cage thing with IT still gives me nightmares!) Resi 2 the movie is an absolute joke however - the acting was appalling (unsurprising with a cast of nobodies), the story (for what it is) is all over the place, a chunk of the short running time is basically flashbacks from... More

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Posted by Hillsman at 10:23, 24 July 2009 | Report This Post


Resident Idiot 2

Terrible, the directors girlfriend gets chased by a novelty dildo. Utter shite, an insult to the games and the games fans. However if your a thick chav with zero intelligence and no idea about horror history it may well be up your tracksuit. Utter shite. ... More

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Posted by Horrorguru at 13:16, 02 March 2009 | Report This Post


Excuse Me?

This is the biggest insult to Resident Evil fans around the globe. Sure, the actions cool and the game references are too, but this is just a badly acted, bloody mass of pulp. What was the point? To offend us? It definitely did. ... More

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Posted by blaud at 10:07, 16 May 2008 | Report This Post


Bad sequal

I think the first film left resident evil fans holding their breath for the next film, and so this was a tremendous letdown. The storyline was ok, but there wasn't enough horror to make it a horror film. ... More

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Posted by lewey T at 11:25, 27 March 2008 | Report This Post


UhhhAhhhh!

I saw the first one and could'nt wait to see this, and like many I was let down, I'd only ever watch this again for the song at the end credits, its probably the only good thing anyone got outtta this movie, although Oded Fehr was good in it, as Empire got part of the review wrong (big suprise), in the game RE3N, Carlos was an annoying pain in the ass, yet Oded's (heroic, cool, could whoop Milla Jovovich's ass) performance insures that your thankful that he's made it out alive for the... More

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Posted by dgribble at 18:50, 20 February 2008 | Report This Post


UhhhAhhhh!

I saw the first one and could'nt wait to see this, and like many I was let down, I'd only ever watch this again for the song at the end credits, its probably the only good thing anyone got outtta this movie ... More

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Posted by dgribble at 18:50, 20 February 2008 | Report This Post


Deserves a second look

this film isnt trying to be shaun of the dead or day of the dead but a version of the games and in my opinion it does that, as empire said fans will be happy with the easter eggs and we are! the play doh villian is beautifully homaged as are the other characters . At the end of the day its a popcorn movie thats very enjoyable! ... More

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Posted by bryancarr at 14:29, 05 February 2008 | Report This Post


Okay, not terrific ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 15:25, 19 January 2008 | Report This Post


Resident Evil

Okay, not terrific ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 15:25, 19 January 2008 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

festering pile of shit movie,an abomination from start to finish ... More

Posted by krudler at 22:39, 18 May 2007 | Report This Post


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L: rams Let me get this straight,the people that vote here gave this 3 stars??When other great films have the same or even less.Are the people here less than 12 years old?Or perhaps mentally?So this is the type of film you people go for hun?Figures,,,just goes to point that with audiences this stupid,films are only right to follow ob! ... More

Posted by kenada_woo at 20:26, 18 May 2007 | Report This Post


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The scene with all the kids in the classrom aside, this was utterly forgettable movie.nemesis looked like  toxic avenger in a greatcoat . ... More

Posted by kasm at 17:49, 18 May 2007 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

Makes the first one seem like a masterpiece. Shite plot and wooden acting. ... More

Posted by JagLover at 17:07, 16 May 2007 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

It's a bad sign that the first film I saw a thread about which I've actually seen is this one... complete bag o' bobbins. Steer well clear, dear cinephiles, for herein lies a steaming turd of film which literally only has two selling points, and if I tell you their names are Sienna and Milla you'll know I'm not praising their thespy skills. Granted it is what it is but at least the first had some decent jumps and action sequences; this is so utterly derivative and uninspiring as to be positivel... More

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Posted by DGener8 at 15:40, 31 March 2007 | Report This Post


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love it. ten times better than the first. Glad to see some people here like it too. ... More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 00:38, 29 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

Meh its ok, i think i remember enjoying it when it first came out, but I couldnt sit down and watch it now ... More

Posted by yellow-bastard at 16:14, 28 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

from what i remember of it, its complete zombie poop apart from a pimp. Play the games instead, particuarly RE2 ... More

Posted by Wet Lettuce at 14:22, 28 March 2007 | Report This Post


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uninjoyable shit mix. honest, it was terrible. ... More

Posted by kumar at 13:48, 28 March 2007 | Report This Post


Let me get this straight,the people that vote here gave this 3 stars??When other great films have the same or even less.Are the people here less than 12 years old?Or perhaps mentally?So this is the type of film you people go for hun?Figures,,,just goes to point that with audiences this stupid,films are only right to follow ... More

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Posted by rams at 20:41, 01 November 2006 | Report This Post


Resident Evil Apocalypse

Great fun movie. Pushes all the right buttons. Bring on Resident Evil Extinction... ... More

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Posted by burgessappleton at 07:03, 18 May 2006 | Report This Post


Resident Evil

Great action movie ... More

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Posted by premierbaron at 16:34, 07 April 2006 | Report This Post


Don't be fooled, it's damn good fun

Essentially if you hated the first one, you are going to hate this one. It's as simple as that. But if you take it with a pinch of salt, forget that this film isn't going or trying to be Citizen Kane, and just enjoy it. Yeah the script may be appalling and the acting more wooden than Keanu Reeves' expressions, but there is plenty of good action on display. And it's nice to see that they have at least made an attempted to keep to the plot of the second and third game. They've actually bothered to... More

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Posted by coolrex16 at 00:20, 28 March 2006 | Report This Post


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