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Pretty Bad: 25.24%
Total Crap33.98%

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse
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by Brian McKay

"More zombies, more babes, and yes - more dogs covered in K.C. Masterpiece"
4 stars

Sometimes less is more, but sometimes more is REALLY more. While I wouldn't exactly qualify RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE as "better" than the original film, it certainly has more of everything I liked about the first one and a few things the first one didn't quite have - like actual gore, profanity, or Milla Jovovich naked.

Written and, originally, to be directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (the semi-hack who we can thank for mostly screwing up the recent debacle Alien vs. Predator), Resident Evil: Apocalypse actually gets some new life pumped into it by the direction of Alexander Witt. A second unit director with a fairly solid resume', Witt got his chance to helm Apocalypse when Anderson opted out of directing it so that he could work on the now-reviled A v P. This may have been a blessing in disguise, because Witt brings a kind of fervor to Apocalypse's action sequences that was distinctly missing from those of its predecessor, with each new brawl seeming to top the last one. And the story, while nothing particularly deep or unpredictable, at least doesn't drag in any one place for more than a few moments - which means either Anderson was having a good month when he cranked out this screenplay, or some other (uncredited) people took a hand in tweaking it after his departure from the director's seat. Either way, while the plot essentialy drives a dumb-but-fun action premise, it's not terribly dumbed down, nor does it suffer from the massive leaps of logic and continuity of a film like A v P.

Set a mere day after the conclusion of the previous Resident Evil, we find that Alice (Milla Jovovich), the only survivor of the previous film, has awoken in a lab of the evil and all-seeing (and therefore aptly titled) Umbrella corporation. It's bad enough that Umbrella has already released the deadly "T-Virus" into the general population, infecting thousands with zombie-itis, but she soon discovers that she has been genetically altered somehow, giving her superhuman toughness and agility. After arming herself at an army surplus store (which looks surprisingly well-stocked - considering the hoard of the undead that has been ravaging the city for several hours, you'd think the place would be more picked over than a Florida Wal-Mart between hurricanes), she decides to exact revenge upon her former employers, killing as many zombies and mutated "bio-weapons" as she can along the way.

In her travels, she comes upon a tough and sexy female cop named Jill Valentine (Sienna Guilroy), who for some reason likes to trot about the zombie-infested landscape wearing a hooker-length black miniskirt and an even tighter blue boob-tube (a wardrobe choice that most fans will recognize, and appreciate, from the third installment in the Resident Evil game franchise). Tagging along with Jill are other survivors, including Emmy-hungry reporter Terri Morales (Sandrine Holt), and a smart-ass, street-wise Brother named L.J. (Mike Epps) who nearly steals the show as the comic relief.

Trapped in the city with no apparent way out, Alice and her crew are contacted by Dr. Alexander Ashford (Jared Harris) and offered a deal - rescue his young daughter, who is also trapped and hiding out in an elementary school, and he will provide them with a rescue transport.

Unbeknownst to them, however, Ashford has hedged his bets and also made the same deal with a couple of members of an Umbrella mercenary squad, Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr of The Mummy) and Nicholai Sokolov (Zack Ward). Like Alice, they are more than a little disgruntled at their former employers after being left behind in the midsts of a zombie pep rally, and are in the mood for a little payback. It comes as little surprise when the two groups decide to join forces, rescuing the girl and wreaking havoc on Umbrella and the undead.

There are numerous battles along the way, and a body count that is exponentially higher than the last film. But the pace really picks up when Umbrella unleashes the Nemesis, a hulking behemoth who totes a chaingun and rocket launcher and scans everyone it comes in contact with "Terminator" style, making immediate threat assessments and responding accordingly. The initial showdown between Alice and the Nemesis is one hell of a good time, and their later fisticuffs are also entertaining. However, those who were pissed off by the pairing up of a human and predator in A v P will be no less disappointed by what happens next here. Maybe Anderson should go write another "Beauty and the Beast" installment for Disney, since he seems to have a fascination for teaming up hot chicks with big ugly brutes.

But in spite of one or two character hiccups, and the occasional laggy scene of plot exposition, Resident Evil is a pretty damn good time. While the acting is often wooden, the characters themselves are still generally quite likable. The action scenes are increasingly entertaining, and there's just enough humor to keep things from getting bogged down. Best of all, however, Apocalypse actually contains characters and story elements from the video game series, and fans will recognize many touches from Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and Resident Evil: Code Veronica - although important characters like Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy are still notably absent. In many respects, Apocalypse adheres well to the source material, and is probably the most entertaining video-game adaptation to date (although with all of the shitty adaptations we've seen from the gaming world so far, that's probably not saying much). And although the final ten minutes tend to drag on a bit, setting up elements for the inevitable sequel, Apocalypse, like good Chinese food, satisfies the hunger while leaving room for more later.

Most critics may dismiss this end-of-summer popcorn action spectacle as just another loud and dumbed-down video game movie . . . but really, how can you not love a movie with babe-a-licious heroines, piles of twice-dead corpses, enough shell casings to fill a dump truck, naked zombie hookers, a Joe Bob Briggs-inspired police sniper, and half-gnawed dobermans slathered in barbecue sauce?

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User Comments

1/22/12 Velociraptor Great Movie 5 stars
5/15/11 stephen nettles A step back from the first 2 stars
10/16/07 beau ps2 games of this are way better!!!!!!! but i like milla jovovich in this!!! 2 stars
9/24/07 Nicholas Maday I love Milla, but this was pretty bad. Better than Ultraviolet, but still pretty bad. 2 stars
1/07/07 Stephen Besides the monsters it strays too far away from the game, and thats why i think it sucks 2 stars
6/16/06 Michele ok 3 stars
6/05/06 mary great 5 stars
5/01/06 Jack A terrific sequel 5 stars
3/02/06 Steven Lewis total crap compared to the first film. 1 stars
12/06/05 Steve Newman What a load of Tosh 2 stars
10/25/05 chris fox (the god) good 4 stars
10/23/05 Raul Valdez A good sequal. 5 stars
10/19/05 Eden And i thought the first one was bad 1 stars
10/11/05 Wisamane Wow the plot suckkss! HAHAHAH what a stupid movie, The ZOMBIE WAS HER BOY FRIEND HAHAHAH!!! 1 stars
10/11/05 Indrid Cold I didn't turn it off. Yes, that's the best compliment I can give to it. 2 stars
9/08/05 Tom Burns I love this movie. A superb sequel. 5 stars
9/04/05 Eden Why was this made? 1 stars
8/26/05 Termite Slighty better than the original, but that's not saying much, now, is it? 3 stars
8/22/05 Sofa King A video game zombie movie for the learning disabled! w00t! IT SUCKED! 1 stars
8/19/05 ES So many impossible stunts (ie church window jump on motor cycle) and bad acting make crap 1 stars
7/25/05 Jake Fun to watch, wouldn't ever care to see again 3 stars
7/18/05 Brandy Harrington Rancid shit! Why do you people like this trash? 1 stars
6/26/05 DennyRoss All I hear are generalizations and beefs about the director. I loved this flick!!! 5 stars
6/11/05 Manu Ginobli Garbage. 1 stars
6/10/05 Indrid Cold Barely watchable 90 minute-long music video. 2 stars
5/01/05 Jim Hot chicks in miniskirts kick zombie ass 4 stars
4/11/05 Morten I liked it. And to all the people posting anon, grow a spine :p 4 stars
4/03/05 fhf one of the shittiest movies, ever. 1 stars
3/12/05 ELI driest zombie ever made. WHERE'S MY BLOOD??? acting was funny too 2 stars
2/23/05 lol This movie was absolute shit, a disgrace to the games. 1 stars
2/15/05 Rock-steady goddamn she has huge nipples(i'd still fuck her) 3 stars
2/12/05 J Cool sort of, but a horrible adaptation to the game RE3 3 stars
2/12/05 Bobby da Squid An unoriginal yawnfest 2 stars
2/02/05 tatum Cheaper than the original, and really clicheed 1 stars
1/05/05 Joe England Say what you will, at least the first one wasn't riddled with COUNTLESS plot holes. 2 stars
12/26/04 Phil Brosgol A clunky, boring, steaming pile of excrement, seasoned with paper-thin characters. 1 stars
12/16/04 Etheridge Hoogendijk This gets bad ratings; SHAUN OF THE DEAD mostly awesome. But I could hardly tell them apart 3 stars
11/17/04 Gooey 2wice the shit 1 stars
11/05/04 Duncan if i was angry as tyson and stupid as homer,i would love it 1 stars
11/02/04 Deviant better than the first, inspired me to buy 3 of the games the next day 4 stars
10/21/04 Naka Nope! 1 stars
10/18/04 Samuel It was decent, nothing special. 3 stars
10/14/04 Pial PEOPLE FOR GODSAKES it's a video game to movie franchise what do you expect a oscar winner? 5 stars
10/09/04 Geo I Hate you P. W Anderson! 3 stars
10/02/04 Neo First one definitely better, this is a total failure 1 stars
10/01/04 Deuce Richter F u all in the pants! Its a decent movie 4 stars
9/27/04 Dreamless It's like THE GAME,you can't make a "braveheart" out of everything. 4 stars
9/27/04 Laurian Awesome Nemesis, great turn of events! First half was ok, second half of the movie ruled! 5 stars
9/25/04 joe lopez the best movie i have ever seen 5 stars
9/21/04 American Slasher Goddess Slightly better then the first one, but that's not saying awhole lot. 2 stars
9/20/04 Derek Horrible. The Nemesis's mutations arent shown and he doesnt kill anyone with his tentacles. 1 stars
9/17/04 Kyle Wellcome First ones better, but this one isnt that bad. 4 stars
9/16/04 Kris couldnt even throw me a twat shot 1 stars
9/15/04 CP0 Not bad, much better than Original. Good action and pretty much wraps up Summer. 3 stars
9/14/04 nick2k least it was better than the 1st one. 2 stars
9/13/04 Matt Holland Mediocre. Period 2 stars
9/13/04 mr mason retarded but sooooooo awesome at the same time. Boneheadedness maximus! 4 stars
9/12/04 Vicious Ws anderson is most at fault for this, he must be destroyed to prevent further atrocities. 1 stars
9/12/04 y2mckay haha! Eric is a funny guy. But it's still worth a look for Milla's shot-glass sized nipples 4 stars
9/12/04 Gruff Well paced, no glaring holes, very athletic 4 stars
9/12/04 Ajax What a terrible, terrible movie. But Milla Jovovich is SO FUCKING BEAUTIFUL! 2 stars
9/12/04 Galadie trash, just like the first. 1 stars
9/11/04 Tyrantis Dude, WTF is up with the Nemisis/Alice kiss scene? As if I didn't hate Alice enough! 1 stars
9/11/04 KingNeutron The action sequences were too blurry to follow; but Milla was good. 3 stars
9/09/04 Ray AWFUL 1 stars
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