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Resident Evil: Apocalypse

February 23, 2010

Director: Alexander Witt
Paul W.S Anderson
Paul W.S Anderson/Jeremy Bolt/Don Carmody 
Starring: Milla Jovovich/Sienna Guillory/Oded Fehr
Country: UK/USA/Canada
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 98 minutes

So after watching the first Resident Evil, I had to see the sequel and it’s not a bad movie but there’s plenty room for improvement. For all of the people who haven’t seen Resident Evil, watch it before watching this otherwise you will not understand some scenes. Resident Evil: Apocalypse follows the first Resident Evil movie with Alice, who has escaped the underground Umbrella facility. She must join other survivors including Jill Valentine and escape Raccoon City, before it is too late. After watching the first, I thought that this sequel would be worse but to my surprise, this sequel is actually better…but not by much. The story is more-or-less the same as the first one (we need to get to point A to B by this time, fighting zombies along the way) but it’s a little more stronger. The action sequences and explosions were good to watch but in some of the scenes felt like it was there to impress thirteen-year-old teenagers to keep their attention. I also noticed it follows the games a lot more in Resident Evil: Apocalypse than it does with Resident Evil, which is a plus since Resident Evil hardly followed any of the games at all. Gamers will be glad to see Nemesis, zombie dogs and Jill Valentine return on-screen and will also be glad that the design and make-up for Nemesis was superbly done. Yet again, Milla Jovovich was spot-on as bad-ass Alice as was Sienna Guillory who played as Jill Valentine and Mike Epps who added a little humour to this zombie action movie as L.J. The characters were done well but they wasn’t done well enough that you would care about what happened to them.

The visual effects were done quite good and the action scenes were executed very well, especially the scenes in the church and the graveyard which showed great camerawork and special effects. The music wasn’t very memorable and didn’t fit some of the scenes well like the last movie although the theme tune was good. The ending in this movie, for me, isn’t much of an improvement from the last but it’s good enough for a mediocre movie series. The start, middle and end felt like it was going at an average pace which is a good thing.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is better than the first but not by much. It’s an enjoyable action movie that shouldn’t be taken seriously. Paul W.S Anderson is improving a little in the movie series but he still hasn’t pulled something special out of the hat just yet.



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