Resident Evil: Apocalypse Review
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is the second movie in the Resident Evil movie series. It was released in 2004, 2 years after the original and as is common with many sequels, it’s not quite as good as the original. And considering the original is an average movie based on a video game, that’s not saying much. Still, fans of the Resident Evil video game might be interested in this movie as it contains more video game references than the original. It uses elements from the video games Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, and Code: Veronica
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is set one month after the main events of Resident Evil. Umbrella Corporation has sent a team into the Hive, the underground laboratory and setting for the first movie, to discover what happened in there. It wasn’t a good idea and lead to the zombies escaping and the T-virus spreading around Raccoon City. In a theme that is similar to the first movie, the city is closed off in an attempt at quarantine and our protagonists spend the movie trying to escape/stay alive.
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Alice, the kick-ass protagonist from Resident Evil wakes up in a hospital with amnesia and superpowers, both courtesy of Umbrella Corporation who have decided to do genetic experimentation on her. No doubt, they chose the wrong woman. Milla Jovovich, who plays Alice, is the glue that holds this movie together again despite the addition of some talented actors like Jared Harris, Iain Glen, and Sandrine Holt. Unfortunately, Sienna Guillory’s performance was about as believable as her costume, which is a pity because this movie needs all the glue it can get. And does a movie really need two hot tough girls in skimpy clothes?
When the city is closed off and the military starts firing on the crowd, the people have to flee back into a city full of zombies. There are a few groups of people including Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera who are characters from the video games. Some of them seek refuge in a church which also seems to be the place where the genetically engineered monsters called Lickers have decided to make their home. Somehow, Alice knows that this is the place where people will need rescuing and arrives just in time by flying through the stained glass windows on a motorbike. It looked good but was ridiculous.
Later we are introduced to the Nemesis, another genetically engineered monster that resembles the Nemesis from the video games but looks really cartoonish. When you compare Resident Evil: Apocalypse to Resident Evil, you can understand that less is more. Whereas Resident Evil has just an average movie, Resident Evil: Apocalypse has ventured into B-Movie territory. The only reason to watch this movie is to see Milla Jovovich kicking ass.
The T-virus created by Umbrella Corporation and it turns people into flesh-eating zombies.
How to kill the zombies
Chop off the head, crush the skull and of course, a bullet to the head will do it. Zombie dogs can be disposed of in the same manner but the genetically engineered monster called the licker is a bit tougher to kill. The Nemesis is much tougher.
Help me! I don’t remember. I don’t remember them ever saying zombie so my guess is that they are called the infected.