Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr
Paul W.S. Anderson
I honestly thought that there was no way that the second
movie based on the Resident Evil
videogame series could possibly be worse than the first film.
With all the fanservice and content pulled straight from the
videogames, I figured that Apocalypse couldn't help but be
better, because one of the things that I felt was missing
in the first movie was a more direct tie to the games. Now
that I have it, I can't help but wish for something else.
The story picks up right after the first film - Raccoon City
is suffering from a massive breakout of virus-created zombies
who all have a nasty habit of biting, and eventually infecting,
other people. The evil Umbrella Corporation comes in and seals
off the town, leaving the survivors, including the superhuman
Alice (Jovovich), S.T.A.R.S. officer Jill Valentine (Guillory),
Umbrella soldier Oliviera (Fehr) and the daughter of an Umbrella
scientist, to fend for themselves.
I would go into real depth with the story if there was any
real depth there to be found. Apparently, someone in a place
of power at the studio listened when fans cried out that the
Resident Evil movies should be more like the games.
Here's a suggestion for those people... SHUT UP. Seriously.
Have you people paid any attention to the Resident Evil
games? If you actually sat down and watched all the story
sequences, you'd be ashamed for wasting that much time. The
story for the games rarely made much sense and was filled
with plot holes and mediocre plot devices. By the time Resident
Evil 4 came out, Capcom figured out that the story wasn't
the game's strong point and just made it as small a part as
Yeah, the movie drops tons of fan service. So much so that
it pisses away any attempt at providing an interesting story
or even some sequences that don't just reek for poor execution.
Yeah, you'll get to see the lickers and the Nemesis and fans
finally get to see Jill Valentine in her hugely impractical
outfit onscreen. Lots of familiar names are dropped for the
sake of the fans.
When it comes to special effects, I have to hope there wasn't
a lot of money spent, because what we're given is piss-poor.
The CG is obvious, the zombies are Thriller rejects
and the main monster, the Nemesis, looks like someone bought
a rubber mask from a Halloween store and slapped it on a bodybuilder.
But, of course, everything looks and sounds like Resident
Evil, so it must be all right [insert tons of sarcasm].
Resident Evil: Apocalypse ends up proving something
I long ago stopped trying to convince myself otherwise: Milla
Jovovich just can't act. I let things slide in The Fifth
Element and The Messenger, but in this flick, it's
just obvious that she just isn't that good. Or maybe it's
just the poor direction as just about everyone is horrible,
even my own fave, Oded Fehr (The Mummy).
I have to wonder how Anderson continues to get money to make
these films. Does he go to the studios and say "At least
I'm not Uwe Bowl (of House of the Dead and Alone
in the Dark infamy)" and they throw tons of money
at him? Either way, only people who have absolutely no taste
in good cinema will enjoy this. You can reassure yourself
that it's fanservice all you want, but it proves to be the
worst kind of fanservice that points out all the bad points
the source material suffers from.