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Resident Evil: Apocalypse Film and DVD
Milla Jovovich is back as Alice in the second Resident Evil Movie, Resident Evil: Apocalypse. To be honest about it the first film was so weak that it didn't really warrant or in fact deserve a sequel. That aside, I am a stickler for these movies because I love the game franchise and have done since I got immersed in the Resident Evil: Code Veronica game on the Sega Dreamcast many years ago. The popularity of the games are the main factor in the sequel and it subsequent follow ups being made. The movies are nothing more than TV movies at best but you can see with this sequel that the standard has been raised from the first movie and they would improve again in the following movies with the franchise gaining even more popularity through the games.
This second offering is still laden with cheesy dialogue and still looks like it was made for TV but with Milla Jovovich firmly in the lead role and a couple of good supporting characters the movie does provide for some good entertainment. A lot of her fans will say that she is much better than this movie but you have to admire her for sticking with the writers, the makers and the fans. I will talk more about Milla and the support cast later in the review but first let's take a look at the plot.
Alice (Milla Jovovich) is an ex-security guard who worked in a bunker called 'The Hive' for the Umbrella Corporation. At the end of the first movie after witnessing death and destruction on a huge scale, Alice is taken by Umbrella soldiers and she sees her friend Matt dragged away too. He has been bitten by a zombie or mutation and is beginning to mutate himself. The hive is shut down and sealed.
Apocalypse starts with Alice waking up on a hospital table with all sorts of wires sticking out of her body and head. She has been genetically altered by controlled strains of the disease which created the zombies and monsters that dwell in the hive. This has enhanced her strength, speed and dexterity and turned her into a fighting human/mutant hybrid.
Meanwhile Umbrella has decided to open up the hive so they can discover what went wrong. This is a big mistake as the monsters have mutated into bigger, faster and more dangerous creatures. These creatures break-out into Racoon City and start attacking and infecting people with the deadly T-virus. The city is soon over-run by zombie-like creatures and people are told to evacuate.
The undead are on the move and after the uninfected humans, who are making their way to the city's main bridge where the Umbrella Corporation are controlling the gates. After seeing someone mutate just outside the gates, Major Tom Cain (Thomas Kretschmann), who is responsible for Alice's mutation, decides to shut the gates and lock everyone in the City. The City is quarantined and a border is put in place. Cain plans to nuke the city to cleanse it and put it all down to an accident at a nuclear plant.
A small girl, Angie Ashford (Sophie Vavasseur) has been left behind after a car accident and her father Doctor Ashford, who is wheelchair bound and valuable to the Corporation, refuses to bard the helicopter with Cain. He wants to stay behind to find his daughter. His daughter is fitted with a tracking device and with his computer Doctor Ashford can use the City's cameras to see what is going on. He locates Alice, who has now been joined by two of the games famous characters and asks her to find is daughter in return for him showing them the way out of the city before the airstrike. Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) and Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr), join Alice in the search for Angie in a race against time.
Unknown to Alice, her old friend Matt was also worked upon and has now mutated into a giant enemy known as 'Nemesis'. Nemesis is tracking them down and killing off all Umbrella agents or soldiers that may know too much and are too much of a risk if they escape.
Will they find the girl and escape the city before it is destroyed. Will Nemesis stop the trio or will it be the mutated creatures who spell their end and what will happen if they do finally make it out of Racoon City?
Firstly let me state the obvious in that this movie is definitely not going to be to most people's tastes. If you like zombie movies it may suffice but if you are a fan of the Resident Evil franchise, then it is a must and it is a lot better than the first movie if that might have put you off watching this.
I'd like to talk about the actors first. Milla Jovovich is back as Alice and back with a bang. Not only is she a female in a lead role as a heroine but she is now suped-up with new powers and strength; and boy does she kick ass. Milla really worked hard for this role and often trained for four to five hours a day with a martial arts instructor and the guy who played Nemesis. As he was much bigger than Milla some of the fight scenes were very difficult to choreograph and Milla was bruised and cut on numerous occasions. She also hurt herself while performing a stunt where she had to run full pelt at Nemesis and jump up onto some tables and a fridge. Because she was running she could not stop on top of the fridge and slipped. You can see this in the outtakes and fortunately she was not injured badly. Milla wanted Alice and her female support, Sienna Guillory, who plays Jill valentine, to look sexy as well as tough. She asked the wardrobe department to make the outfits sexy like the characters in the game. To do this Milla came up with the idea of having Racoon City going through a heat wave. This way they could wear shorts or short skirts, without it being too exploitive in regards to pleasing their male fans. This was a good idea in theory but the movie was shot in November in Canada and it was mightily cold, something Milla cursed herself for while filming. I think Milla does a real good job in portraying Alice and although the movie is cheesy and tacky at times she always manages to keep it real.
Sienna Guillory plays Jill valentine and this is one for the games fans for sure. She is a hard-ass cop with a keen eye when it comes to shooting her weapon and an array of martial arts skills that would make most men envious. I like the fact that the two toughest roles in the movie have gone to females. It makes for a different play on the action genre and they are pleasing to eye without a doubt. The only criticism I would have about this character is that the outfit is too close to that of Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider franchise. A lot of resident Evil fans have been quoted as saying the outfits in the movie aren't right or the hair colour of a certain character is wrong. All I can say to that is get a life as the movies are only based on the games and are not carbon copies.
Oded Fehr comes across really well as Olivera, another main character from the game. Most of you would recognise him from his role in 'The Mummy' movies with Brendan Fraser. He has just the right level of coolness and his lines are not too cheesy. The main thing about him is that he is a likeable character and when you see the interviews on the DVD extras he comes across as a really nice person in real life too. He plays off Jovovich and Guillory really well.
The makeup in the movie will be criticised, not least the gargantuan figure of Nemesis. Let's not forget that this movie did not have a huge budget by today's standards. At forty-five million it could be said that the movie and effects should've been better but let's not forget that the movie has a huge cast and thousands of extras and you can only work with what you've got. Some of the effects are really good and the blood, gore and zombies are done quite well. The dogs are particularly well transformed into mutated, evil versions and they come across as quite scary.
The fight scenes and choreography are well done but I have to say that some of it seems a little slow and at times jerky. You are able to see some of the fight scene takes in the DVD extras and you can see that some of them are slow and methodical. I think that this was done with the thought of speeding it up a little in editing. I don't know whether this caused some of the jerkiness in some of the fight scenes or whether it was just poorly edited.
The movie's plot is not too bad but many critics have cruelly compared it to 'Escape From New York', the cult Kurt Russel movie from the eighties. You do see elements of that movie but you could also bring up several other comparisons, which I believe is pointless unless the director as set out to purely copy the idea, which I don't think he has. The plot is not hard to follow and there are a few holes if you really strip it down but in all honesty I think people should lighten up. We are all entitled to our opinions of course but for me this movie is made for the fans of the game and is a movie to have fun with, to laugh, to be scared and to enjoy. It's a suspense movie that doesn't take itself too seriously and has a comic element to it. It is easy for someone to analyse it to death and rip it to shreds but could they really do any better? I doubt it very much. Let's not forget that lots of people have put a lot of hard work into this movie whether you like it or not and a certain amount of respect should be given for that fact alone.
The director of the movie Alexander Witt has worked as a second unit director on many major motion pictures. He worked as second unit on 'Gladiator', 'Hannibal', 'The Bourne Identity', 'The Taking of Pelham 123', 'Xmen-First Class', 'Safe House' and 'Skyfall' to name just a few. He was also director of photography on most of these titles as well. Resident Evil: Apocalypse was his first movie as lead director in 2004. He started out as an assistant camera man so you can see that some of the heavier criticism he has come in for this movie is totally unwarranted as it is not a bad effort at all for his first go at it alone.
The movie was written by Paul WS Anderson who is probably known in the Uk for writing and directing Jude Law and Sean Pertwee in the violent 'shopping'. Anderson is known in the movie world for adapting games into films and when he got hold of the Resident Evil rights he couldn't wait to write the script. George A Romero had long been touted as the Resident Evil franchise film director because of his legendary status regarding zombie flicks; it never materialised and Anderson was given the job. Anderson also wrote and directed the first Resident Evil movie.
The one thing I loved about the DVD and its subsequent versions were the amount of extras included. I have always been a lover of movies and when DVD's first came out I was excited about the fact that you could finally see behind the scenes and 'making of' documentaries to see how they were made. My favourite addition was the commentaries, which are invaluable if you really want to get into the nuts and bolts of a movie.
The DVD extras on the standard DVD are as follows:Game Over: Resident Evil reanimated, which includes several short documentaries that are entitled 'Game Plan', 'Building Racoon City', 'Running, Jumping, Fighting', 'Zombie Choreography' and 'Smoke and Mirrors'. There are some great little snippets in these shorts and some unique insights into how the movie was made.Featurettes: These are also small short films about different aspects of the movie and are entitled: 'Game babes', 'Symphony of Evil' and 'Corporate Malfeasance'.
Deleted Scenes: The deleted scenes are aplenty and show us scenes that were cut from the final print of the movie. There are twenty of them in total.Outtakes: Some great bloopers.Trailers: Theatrical trailers.Poster Gallery: Some great alternate posters for the movie.Commentaries: There are three different commentaries on this DVD so you really could get every angle on the film if you chose to. They are: Commentary with Director Alexander Witt, Producer Jeremy Bolt and Executive Producer Robert Kulzar.Commentary with Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr and Sienna Guillory.Commentary with writer Paul W S Anderson and Producer Jeremy Bolt.The Blue Ray edition contains all these extras with the added HD compatibility and a version was released in 2007.The movie runs at ninety-four minutes and the extended version runs for ninety-eight minutes.I would give it three out of five stars purely on the basis that I love the games, the story and its characters. It may not be a major movie or break any records but it did win a Genie award in 2005 for best sound editing and was nominated for three other awards for make-up, sound editing and best overall sound. The soundtrack was performed by the band 'Killswitch Engage'.
Apocalypse is the second movie in the Resident Evil franchise and sets everything back beyond anything the first film managed to achieve! Where as that showed that films based on computer games really can be successful, this sequel shows that followng a game toooo closely can also sign its death knell....
The story begins where the first film ended with Alice waking up in an abandoned hospital, walking outside and picking a shotgun out of a crashed Police car and realising that the whole of Racoon City has been infected by the T-virus created by Umbrella. Zombies walk the streets but worse than that, her old friend Matt has been genetically altered to create Nemesis; a walking hulk of a creature, armed with rocket launchers, whose sole aim is to seek out and destroy any surviving members of the S.T.A.R.S team from the first film.
Meanwhile evacuation procedures are taking place at the outskirts of the city. Enter Jill Valentine, a member of S.T.A.R.S, who wears very little and walks about blasting the undead with her guns. When she learns that Umbrella intends to nuke the city, she teams up with Alice and a small band of survivors in a bid to escape before the bombs are dropped. But first, if they want safe passage, they must locate Angela ~ the daughter of one of the vscientists responsible for the outbreak~ who has promised to help them get past the city limits.
Apocalypse tries so hard to work but ultimately fails because it attempts to please too many people at once. It's attempt to appeal to both movie fans and gamers falls on flat ground and Jill Valentine, for example, is given so little back-story by missing her out of the first flm that my wife, who hasn't played the games, repeatedy had to ask me "Who is that exactly?" True, she looks the part down to the shoirt skirt and blue top but the actress who nplays her either isn't accomplished enough to pull it off or the script is so bad that it refuses to do her justice. More like a combination of the two!
Nemesis is awesome but takes up too little screen time seeing as how he was the cliff-hanger that the last film ended on and is beaten waaay too easily even though Alice has been genetically modified herself to make her tougher! As a game, and this film is based on a combination of Resident Evils 2 and 3 just as the first film was a combination of 1 and 2, it would work and all come together. As a film it all feels like a mess.
And let's not even talk about the awful, contrived and clumsy ending.....
It is a crying shame because Resident Evil showed so much promise but the only good things about this film are Jill Valentine's short skirts, even though they do look out of place and wholly inappropiate for zombie survival, and Milla Jovovich!
Skip this and jump to number 3 instead!
Following the first Resident Evil I couldn't help but watch the second. The first was left on an almighty cliffhanger so I needed to see what happened next. And i'm glad i did, because i really enjoyed this sequel.
The film is set in Raccoon city, and after the Umbrella Corporation decide to reopen the hive the undead are released into the city. Alice wakes up in a deserted hospital and walks outside to find the city has been attacked (this is the ending to the first Resident Evil movie, so it literally does follow straight on). She searches the streets, but there is something different about her. After meeting up with an ex S.T.A.R.S member, a nervous wreck of a man and a wannabe journalist, they find that the only way out is to find a little girl by the name Angela. However, they are not the only one looking for her. They bump into two former umbrella members and decide to team up to find the girl before sunrise. What they don't know is that people are watching every move they make, and with Nemesis programme fully activated will they manage to get out alive?
What to expect
Expect more action from Alice (Milla Jovovich: Ultraviolet, The Fourth Kind), and a lot more zombies. It is a much more action packed film than the first with an incredible church seen and an almighty showdown! Considering it was a sequel AND a game adaptation i wasn't expecting great things, however, it managed to be better than i thought. Run time is approximately 94 minutes
Is it for you?
If you like zombie films or the resident evil film then you are sure to like this! Also, those who play the game might be pleasantly surprised that this adaptation actually works quite well compared to some other games that have been turned into films. It is Rated R due to the violence, language and nudity that take place in this film!
BE WARNED SPOILER ALERTS!!!! This is the second installment of Resident Evil and carries on Alice's story which again doesn't really follow the games which flit between characters. But it picks up straight after the first movie with Alice in the ruins of Raccoon City.
Umbrella have opened the Hive and the Lickers have burst free along with the Zombies and are busy infecting the civilian population of the city. Ugly Betty's Daniel is also back... well kinda Matt has mutated due to infection.
He has mutated into a huge 7 ft monster and is out to kill STARs members due to the mind control by Umbrella. It is a lot less claustrophobic as it is set in an open city which feels right, it feels more epic with hordes and hordes of zombies on screen at one time.
It also introduces actual Resident Evil Game characters like Carlos Olivera, Uri and Jill Valentine present, it made me a bit sad that they killed Leon off before he was even in it by a simple poster in the beginning as he might have been a great character in a sequel.
LJ also provided some funny gaming references like "GTA motherf***er" still makes me laugh. It also includes some of the scenes from the second and third games and also the storyline with Matt as Nemisis.
I really enjoyed the film and didn't know where they what they would do for a sequel but was very happy when I heard Milla would reprise Alice's role. I was also glad to see the girl the red queen was modeled off in the film and the story of why she was the red queen.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is the second film adaptation installment based upon Capcom's famous survival horror puzzle videogames franchise Resident Evil. The movie follows Alice's actions immediately after leaving the Umbrella Facility and loosely touches on the events of Resident Evil 3, reviving fan favourite characters such as Jill Valentine, Carlos Oliviera and Nemesis.
The plot is hard to follow, especially if you haven't seen the first film, and definitely becomes just a little convoluted at times, with frequent introductions of superfluous and underdeveloped characters which does become irksome after a while.
Performances are half-decent throughout, the usual po faced nonsense acting you'd expect from a game \ film adaptation which takes itself far too seriously to begin with. There is of course an exception to this with Milla Jovovich, who plays Alice, the main protagonist, and puts on an impressive, action-packed, sexy performance throughout, definitely carrying an otherwise unwatchable film.
CGI is fairly impressive overall, and isn't actually overused. It's always commendable to see a film where special effects are sidelined in favour of live action stunts. The script is somewhat daft and pantominey in places, but it's pretty passable all things considered, with some surprising plot turns and revelations.
There's a lot of action and cool scenes with lots of zombie horror and gore, incongruously fast paced. Set in the ruins of Raccoon City, There's the occasional nod to the videogame franchise but nothing to get excited about at all, overall it is a bit of bastardization of the franchise that's only worth seeing if you're a Resident Evil superfan. If you're one of many Resident Evil virgins out there though, it's definitely one to avoid.
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If there's anyone who wanted to enjoy this film, it's me. I'm a huge fan of the Resident Evil games and enjoyed Paul W.S. Anderson's attempt with the first film, which I think was a decent bit of corny B-movie fun, even if it went away from what the games were about. This sequel, however, tries to rectify that by being more faithful to the games and borrowing numerous elements from both Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, and Resident Evil Code: Veronica, but bafflingly makes a film that is just more insulting as it clearly just treads over the franchise without any regard for what happened in the games or what fans want.
The film continues the travels of Alice (Milla Jovovich), who is now trying to shut down Umbrella after they re-opened the Hive. She meets police officer Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr), who is trying to keep the police, along with S.T.A.R.S member Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory). However, with the evil Nemesis on the loose, who wants to kill all S.T.A.R.S. members, this isn't going to be easy.
While the groundwork is good, the film absolutely butchers what Nemesis is about and even disgustingly humanises him, even having him engage in a fistfight with Alice, ridiculously. This film is, despite a promising trailer, a complete slap in the face to anyone who played through the games, and it doesn't even entertain much as a zombie film either. Plastic special effects, and a bastardisation of the character of Nemesis makes this film largely worthless. An interesting ending might keep you awake, but there's not much else in this film worth taking note of.
written by paul w.s. anderson and directed by alexander witt, starring milla jovovich, sienna guillory and oded fehr
this film is as good if not better than the first dvd. it begins where resident evil 1 finishes. the film starts by showing us a small clip from alice showing us a little of what happened in the first film. this then moves on to a small cutscene of the umbrella corpeeration reopening the hive and releasing what we had thought was safely buried.
alice awakens to a nightmare scene, wired up to machines and all alone. once she frees herself she realises that this is not the worst that could happen as she steps out in to an apocalyptic war zone. the only excuse for this is the virus which she had thought safely locked away underneath raccoon city. once again she must venture out in to a land of death as she tries to work out what the corperation have done to her and how she will survive in this new world that has come of it.
along the way she meets new survivors and to find her way out oh the hell hole she must complete a mission from a mysterious man, and find his missing daughter
a brilliant film, a must see if you enjoyed the first one at all
Resident Evil: Apocalypse was released in 2004 and is the first sequel in this series. This film is rated 15, the same as the first film, due to strong language and constant violence and it is 98 minutes long.
After being taken in by scientists in the last film, she wakes up in the hospital with wires plugged in all over her body and covered by a tiny bit of cloth. She realises she's all alone and that she needs to get out of there, but when she picks the lock and escapes, she see's that the city is deserted.
Fearing that the virus will spread further than Racoon City, Umbrella decides to shut down the city and only let through people who aren't infected. The problem is, the virus is spreading quicker than anyone ever imagined so Umbrella closes all the exits in the city and locks everyone else inside. S.T.A.R.S members are sent into the city to kill all of the infected but there are far too many.
Along with Alice, cop Jill Valentine, S.T.A.R.S members and a few civilians team up to escape the city and kill some zombies on their way. Umbrella has one big surprise in store for Alice, but will she be able to do as she is told?
Milla Jovovich - Alice
Sienna Guillory - Jill Valentine
Oded Fehr - Carlos Olivera
Zack Ward - Nicholai Ginovaef
Stefan Hayes - Yuri Loginova
Thomas Kretschmann - Major Timothy Cain
Sandrine Holt - Terri Morales
Jared Harris - Dr. Charles Ashford
Mike Epps - L.J.
Sophie Vavasseur - Angela Ashford
Iain Glen - Dr. Sam Isaacs
Matthew G. Taylor - The Nemisis
DVD Special Features
Cast and crew commentaries
20 deleted scenes
- Natasha Henstridge was asked to play the role of Jill Valentine, but could not accept due to other work commitments.
- During the church scene, when Alice fires at the motorcycle to kill one of the Lickers, the slow motion bullets have the Umbrella logo on the rear of the shells.
- The first sequence showing Alice waking up in the hospital through to her cocking a shotgun outside, consists entirely of footage shot for the first film.
-The Nemesis suit weighs over 30 pounds. His machine gun, which he had to hold with one hand, weighs about 65 pounds.
This is my favourite out of the three films so far. It is very rare that I like a sequel more than the original but I found this one to be a lot more entertaining.
Milla Jovovich is back and better than ever. We saw a lot more emotion from her this time but she didn't lose the tough chick aspect either. I thought it was really nice to learn more about her character and how she dealt with the fact that she had been infected with the virus by Umbrella. I was so happy to see the costume designers put her in something more suitable and practical than like that silly dress from the first film. It just goes to show that they can make her look great without being so dressed up.
Jill Valentine was played by Sienna Guillory who again was fantastic as the other tough chick in the film and was great next to Alice's character. On the topic of costumes, I did have a problem with hers. I sound so fussy but at least let the characters wear realistic clothes. Jill was put in a blue boob tube that would have fallen down so many times after all the running, fighting and rolling around.
The Nemesis really looked like something you would expect to come straight from the game. He was scary looking, huge and slightly gross with his head stapled together etc. Although the Nemesis wasn't played by Eric Mabius, you could still tell that he was Matt deep down at the end and I did cry at one point. He was such a nice baddy really and was only doing what he was programmed to do.
There is plenty of action throughout this film and it was more impressive than in the first. The fight sequences were fantastic even though some were a bit silly sometimes but then again, the star of the film was pretty much a mutant so I guess she can do whatever she wants. The pace of the film was a lot faster than the first and I thought this was a much better way of doing things. I didn't feel like there were any big build-ups that ended too quickly, instead there was action throughout and there weren't any times that I got bored with the story.
I loved the addition of new monsters like the lickers and of course, the Nemesis but I was extremely happy to see Zombie dogs again. I'm strange I know. The new monsters cause some great jumpy moments but still failed on the scare factors.
My favourite scene in the whole film was when Alice runs down the building near the end. The film was mostly shot in Toronto and as I lived there from 07-08, I actually went to visit the Town Hall (the building that she runs down) just because it was in this film. It was weird to see certain areas of Toronto after seeing this film and thinking about the transformation of the city.
I loved the special features on the DVD and I only paid £5 for it at the time but you can probably get it for even £3 now. I wonder if #4 will beat this one to become my favourite or will it disappoint me as #3 did?
The world of films has long since been riddled with computer game spin-offs. Generally these are dire, melancholy affairs not worthy of note. No matter how good the game was, the films tend not to match up. Let us remember Kylie's dire effort in Streetfighter, or more recently the painfully bad Max Payne movie.
Like all things though, there is sometimes a film that rises from the ashes, like a pheonix, to conquer the movie world. Resident evil made a slowish start. The first film was watchable, and for a fan of the games like myself, it was entertaining. It seems, that the series is getting stronger, though, as apocalypse turns out to be a rip-roaring success. Highly enjoyable, and memorable for more than just Milla Jovavic (or, Milla yoyo-a-bit.). Yes she is a fox, but she could also kick your ass! The perfect woman!
We left the last film with Alice (Yoyo-a-bit.), seemingly escaping the horrors of the hive. Her escape is thwarted by umbrella, the evil corporation behind the t-virus. Her friend Matt, who was the only other survivor of the hive, was also taken by umbrella, but he was taken to be in the nemesis project.
Umbrella release the t-virus upon Racoon city. The city was chosen as it could be locked down, to contain the spread of the virus if need be. Then, into the zombie covered streets, the company unleashes its two champions. Good versus evil, and there can only be one winner. Alice, is pitted against this new foe (nemisis.), along with the hoards of the usual suspects (zombies, zombie dogs, and lickers.). Can Alice possible succed, against the odds?
Typically thin plot line, I grant you. But don't be fooled. What we have here, is a visually impressive, high action movie. Add this with Alice's unique ability to bend her body in all the right ways, and you have a movie that I truly enjoyed. Ok, so I enjoyed it a bit too much at times, but the action is full paced, and together with the funky soundtrack it is very exciting.
The zombies are believeable. The effects are very good, with blood galore (the heinz ketchup factory must have had a good payday!). And the terror is realised effectively. You believe that you are trapped alongside the heroes, and that you are hiding from the bad guys. Nemisis has to be seen to be believed, and is definately a suitable adversary to the gorgeous Alice.
The film melds together plot elements from the second and third games. Indeed, it is the third game that includes the nemisis project. Lots of characters from the game are included. One of my favourites has to be Jill, played by Sienna Guillory. For a start the woman is beautiful, and again she could kick your ass (I seem to be displaying some kind of wierd fetish like behaviour, here!), but she also displays a kind of weakness that Alice never would.
Milla Jovovich - Alice
Sienna Guillory - Jill Valentine
Oded Fehr Carlos - Olivera
Zack Ward - Nicholai Ginovaef
Thomas Kretschmann - Major Timothy Cain
Sandrine Holt - Terri Morales
Jared Harris - Dr. Charles Ashford
Mike Epps - L.J.
Sophie Vavasseur - Angela Ashford
Iain Glen - Dr. Sam Isaacs
Matthew G. Taylor - The Nemesis
I don't think that the performances are fantastic, but if you like a good action movie, then you cannot really go too far wrong. Non-stop, from the word go, Apocalypse does not let you rest. If you rest, you die. Remember, they will not stop. They cannot die. And they are coming!
Direscted by Alexander Witt
Produced by Paul Anderson
Running time 98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Budget US$ 43 million
(GB£ 21.5 million)
Gross revenue US$ 129,394,836
(statistics from wikipedia.).
Resident Evil Apocalypse is a 2004 science fiction/ horror film and the sequel to the 2002 film Resident Evil. It was made on a budget of £21.5,000,000 and grossed an estimated £64,697,418 at the box office. The critics ended up disliking this film even more than the previous instalment, with one critic stating that this movie is an utter waste of time! The film is rated 15 and runs for approximately 98 minutes.
This film is directed by Alexander Witt, the previous was done by Paul Anderson who decided to take a backseat role as the producer, maybe he didn't want to deal with all the flack he got for the last film but in the mean time still make some money! Resident Evil Apocalypse was his directorial debut, his other big role was as the 2nd unit director on Casino Royale.
International supermodel Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice for the second instalment of the horror series. This time she's joined by an all new cast consisting of: Oded Fehr (The Mummy), Sienna Guillory (Eragon) and Mike Epps (The Fighting Temptations).
Resident Evil Apocalypse begins straight after the first film ends. Alice has just broken out of the Umbrella Corporation to discover that the devastation she faced in The Hive is infact causing chaos all over the world. While Alice goes off in search of survivors we encounter the state being closed off by the leaders of the government and Umbrella Corporation. The T virus has infected most of the state and by closing off all exit points they're letting all the unaffected die without any remorse.
A small group of survivors however are adamant that they are going to survive, they consist of a highly trained SWAT officer and another police woman, again highly equipped with martial arts, a news reporter and a stoner! They eventually meet up with Alice who helps them to make it out of the city. Meanwhile a man partly responsible for the virus outbreak contacts the group of survivors, his daughter is missing and he informs them that if they find her and bring her to safety he will save them seats on the last flight out of the highly infected city...
I recently bought the Resident Evil box-set online as I hadn't seen the first two films in a while and wanted to see if I would still enjoy them as much as I did the first time around. Unfortunately now I've matured I see the films differently and sadly didn't enjoy them as much as I had done a couple of years ago.
This film does something that a lot of films doesn't, it has a lot going on within it yet has no plotline whatsoever! There's action right the way through this film which does make it enjoyable and bearable to watch yet there is no sign of a storyline until about 45 minutes into the film and even then it's extremely weak one.
I must say that I'm torn between whether I enjoyed this film more than the first one and I don't think I did, yes there's a lot of action however without the inclusion of any kind of storyline you find yourself tiring of it quickly and simply waiting for it to end. There was a two year gap between the first film and the second and I would have thought that that gave the writers ample time to come up with a gripping storyline, yet in reality it didn't.
The first film was left open at the end which in my opinion made it easy for them to carry on the story in this sequel, I believe that there were a lot of different ways to go with this film and unfortunately the writers don't manage to pull it off. There really doesn't seem like a point to this film, I think maybe it was just a stepping stone to the superior third instalment or maybe it was just a way to stretch the storyline out and make a bit of extra cash, either way this was quite a disappointing film.
Even though I've slated this film a lot I find it terribly hard to actually hate these films, I know I should because lets face it they are pretty awful however there just seems to be something strangely entertaining about these films. Resident Evil Apocalypse is a lot less complicated than the first film, not that that's any kind of achievement. It just goes to make the film easier to watch and follow, as there's no real storyline to grasp you simply get dragged into the action. This is brainless entertainment and unfortunately I like it!
They use some really annoying and erratic camera angles in this film, something that fortunately isn't included in the first or the third film. I recall one scene in particular in the grave yard where the zombies come to life, the survivors attempt fight back and for about a minute and a half you have to endure jolting camera angles. I think the director tried to be smart and show off all the action together in succession however he failed miserably, the angles were terrible irritating and I was glad when the scene was over.
Very much like the first film the acting is pretty dire, I think that anyone off the streets could have had a part in this film and would have very likely done a better job of it. One character in particular that I disliked was Jill Valentine played by Sienna Guillory, her acting was truly cringe worthy. It was strange how she was overdramatic when the scene didn't call for it and then when the scene did need it, it almost looked like she was making no effort at all. Of course throughout the film she was wearing extremely short shorts much like Angelina Jolie wore in Tomb Raider and the same sort of style that Milla Jovovich wears in the film. A supermodel and possibly the most beautiful woman in the world probably aren't the best choices of people to compete against in the sex symbol cases!
In conclusion I'd say that if you are a fan of the first film or the Resident Evil franchise in general then you're likely to enjoy this. If you're not familiar with the series and are just wanting a good zombie horror to watch then I suggest looking elsewhere as unfortunately in the case of Resident Evil Apocalypse you haven't found it. This, to put it bluntly is mind numbing entertainment at it's excruciating best and it's either something that you'll love or you'll hate!
The DVD is available from play.com for £4.99, the special edition will cost you £5.99. The only real difference between the two being the packaging and in actual fact you get more special features on the cheaper DVD.
The special features include:
'Game Over: Resident Evil Reanimated' documentary
On the special edition you'll get:
Exclusive sneak peek at 'Resident Evil' Exticinction'
It started snowing at home on Sunday, so we decided to watch Resident Evil Apocalypse. Personally I can take or leave these kind of movie's - rehashing the original - which came from a computer game - I'm not that fussed. I wasn't expecting much and told my other half - if I fall asleep don't worry - just don't let me sleep for more than half an hour. Not so I wouldn't miss the end - no - So I would be able to sleep at night.
What came for the next 97 minutes was, not what I expected, it was actually ok - and I didn't fall asleep!
2002 - Resident Evil the movie was released; this came off the back of the computer game. Which is zombie a** kicking action.
2005 - Resident Evil - Apocalypse released - more of the above.
When the first movie was released, there wasn't much hype, it was pretty much the computer game. This movie however, surpassed my expectations, and others from reviews I have read.
The backdrop for the story is this giant corporation releasing a virus, which is the point of the games.
Milla Jovovich (5th Element, Resident Evil) stars - again- as Alice. Now as there have been a few years, you get a little catch up at the beginning. 'Alice' quickly takes us over what happened last time and she wakes up in Raccoon City Hospital. Rips all the wires out that are keeping her asleep and goes to find out what is going on.
Underneath Raccoon City is where the Umbrella Corp had its labs and testing centres destroyed in the previous film. Umbrella have sent investigators down there which have unexpectedly released zombies and more blood sucking creatures.
Key Umbrella Personnel have been evacuated and to prevent spreading of the disease the walls of the city are closed to prevent civilians leaving.
Alice has found tough girl Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera (from the video game) and saves their lives. They have been contacted by an Umbrella scientist who has lost his daughter in the fray; he promises them a way out of the city if they find his daughter.
What follows is a butt kicking for the zombies. We see some fantastic motorcycle moves, hot shooting action from Alice and Jill. We also meet Nemesis (also from the video game) who is killing all the civilians in the city. Then we hear that the City is to be sanitised - (read flattened). What ensues is a race to get the girl back to her father and get out of the City
Suffice to say the movie ends after twists and turns, will they / won't they make it? Does the girl get out of the City?
So I won't ruin the end for you
I thought this movie was pretty good. Considering the first one wasn't much cop, this surpassed expectation. It did leave me wanting more and to find out what happened next. It has left it open for a third movie, which if mad will be as good as this. It had enough action and shooting to keep action fans happy but also had enough of a story line to follow without feeling cheated. The motorcycle scene was good and showed they had put thought into the action sequences.
The thing which some people have criticized, but I have found to be good, is the zombie sequences.
Some have said there is not enough for a zombie film. I sometimes think too long is spent on the blood sucking, killing of usual zombie movies, but was pleased to see they kept it to just enough, so you knew what was going to happen, you knew it was going to happen, you saw a bit, then you moved on. I liked that. However a zombie traditionalist may disagree.
Not being a big video game player, my other half filled me in on the Nemesis. Also I questioned Jill's choice of attire? Why was she wearing a boob tube and hot pants. However I was informed that - this is her outfit in the game- at least they keep it true to the game I suppose.
While this will never win any Oscars. This is a popcorn movie and should be viewed as such. While zombie traditionalists may balk at the lack of zombie action, it has fighting, a** kicking, blood, guts, girls in hot pants, vicious monsters and heavy artillery. - Ooh and a scene where lots of school kids are zombies - not that far removed from real life in some cases, but an excellent scene.
In conclusion,. If you don't want to think, want a bit of action and don't mind blood and gore. Watch this.
I picked this up secondhand in my local cash generator store for £2.49. This can also be picked up new from Amazon for £5.98 (correct as of 3/2/09)
This zombie movie is hard to explain. Actually its very easy to explain in the sense that it is as soulless as its walking dead zombies. Here Milla Jovovich stars as good looking deadly Alice who is a woman on a mission. It continues from the last movie where she awakes from a hospital and Raccoon city(I know a strange name a for city, but hey its a zombie movie) has been overun by reanimated dead people who are desperate for a bit of food in the form of human flesh. She tries to escape the zombies along with a bunch of dopey dull individuals and as she is trying to escape, you should try escape the cinema or work out the quitest method to turn this movie off.
Seriously, if you are looking for a good zombie movie then check out some of the Romero classics like dawn of the dead or the exceptional comedy zombie movie shaun of the dead. Even better would be to go down to your local supermarket and check out the meat counter, but DO NOT watch this. You would have more enjoyment seeing some peel wallpaper.
Ill give them some credit as its amazing how someone can take thousands of zombie killers and a hot lead character in Alice and make a film so boring and free of thrills, scares or any form of entertainment. Yet the makers pulled it off and its hard to even hate the zombies as they are as equally boring as everything else in this film.
Pretty much every idea in this weak excuse for a movie is stolen from the Alien franchise. While the directing is a bit more skilled in this movie than the last, its a bit like saying that someone shows a bit more compassion than zombie. On this basis the end of the apocalypse can't come soon enough.
Im not a huge fan of video game to movie adaptations, I have to say. The track record isnt terribly good and the original Resident Evil movie was no masterpiece. It was a bit of a surprise, therefore, when they decided to make a sequel and true to the law of diminishing returns, Apocalypse isnt even as good as its lacklustre counterpart.
The film picks up the first when left off, almost to the moment. The Umbrella Corporation, a multi-billion dollar corporation, has been researching viral weaponry deep beneath the surface of Racoon City. A lethal virus (the T-Virus) was leaked into the underground research station called The Hive, killing all the scientists at work and re-animating their lifeless corpses into undead monsters. It was left to former head of security Alice and a small group of survivors to battle their way out and do something to prevent the spread of virus. But they failed and when Alice awoke at the end of the first movie she found herself on the streets of a devastated city. The virus had escaped.
All exits from the city have subsequently been closed off, leaving the citys inhabitants to do their best to defend themselves from the monsters within. A small group of survivors led a hard-faced cop named Jill Valentine, fights its way through killer dogs and mutant creatures in a desperate bid to stay alive but they soon run into trouble and it is left to a newly invigorated Alice to get them out of trouble. But the seeming lack of control in the city is far from what it appears to be. It would seem that The Umbrella Corporation is continuing its experiments and this time they are on a far larger, and deadlier scale ..
Resident Evil: Apocalypse is almost entirely unsuccessful in everything that it tries to be. Its not horrible enough to be a horror film; far from thrilling enough to be a genuine thriller; and generally so daft that its hard to take seriously as any kind of action drama. Whereas the first film had a dark, intriguing air to it all, Apocalypse is about as subtle as a hand grenade. From the early scenes, it has Paul W S Andersons name all over it, and as the films writer he throws in just about every idea and cliché possible. I could never really decide whether it was tiring or just plain tiresome.
The plot is complete bobbins; some pseudo-scientific babble about a mega-corporation doing its best to create the worlds deadliest new viral weaponry. This is all very well and good but even a bloodthirsty, money driven venture such as this would yield very little return for a redundant city and its slaughtered population. In spite of the fact that we should assume that there is some form of government in the world of Resident Evil, we are instead expected to believe that the corporation can completely control a large centre of population, unhindered and without interference in such a way that it might as well be on the moon. And what about that T-Virus thing? Its capabilities seem to range from enabling crippled children to walk, to allowing rotting corpses to rise from the grave and then somehow equipping otherwise normal human guinea pigs to jump over walls and punch through walls. Worse still, every twist and turn in the film is supposed to represent some Machiavellian step in the Umbrella Corporations plans for world domination and it all just gets completely out of hand. Like I said, its complete bobbins.
The most puzzling thing for me, however, is the fact that The Umbrella Corporations greatest weapon appears to be a semi-humanoid, gargantuan lump with a ridiculously deformed face and a rather clever machine gun that can empty five million rounds into a crowd without harming one particular target. Quite what the point is supposed to be, Im not entirely sure, but when the ridiculous fat lump first waddles on to the screen you do start to wonder whether you have accidentally stumbled onto the set of a comedy. Part-Cenobite, part WWF wrestler and part Mr Potato Head he really does have to be seen to be believed. Even the zombies seem bored in the sequel, but then if I spent all night trudging through the streets, groaning and eating rotting body parts, I might be a bit fed up myself.
The cast comprises a mixed bag of caricatures and amateurs, with the odd sprinkling of a few you might just like. Alice (Milla Jovovich) remains an effective enough character, with the right screen presence and attitude to carry off the very physical role. Dialogue isnt terribly important and she kicks and punches enough bad guys to convince you that shes the business. A particularly strange move this time round is to introduce another bitch in the shape of Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) who, by her own admission, isnt as good as Alice. Quite what possessed the makers to bring her into this remains unclear but her part is pure pantomime and wildly at odds with Jovovichs troubled heroine. (Im reliably informed elsewhere that shes a character from the original game). To go with Valentine, we end up with a typically hopeless reporter, a snotty-nosed brat, a black guy with attitude and then just to level out the diversity scores, an Eastern European soldier and his Hispanic partner. It all feels as though it has been done for the sake of it, and to be honest, you would give a brass fig about any of them. The Hollywood manual of filmmaking, of course, indicates that a bad guy must be European and Apocalypse doesnt disappoint hes like a slightly better-looking version of Herr Flick from Allo Allo and just as camp. Sigh. All of them suffer at the hand of the incredibly naff script, with its ridiculous lines, over the top bravado and poised pretentiousness.
All of which is a great pity because, believe it or not, Apocalypse somehow also manages to show lots of potential. The action scenes are effective, well choreographed and visually very effective. A darkened sequence set in an old church with mutant things scuttling round the ceiling works particularly well and although its all comprised of computer-generated effects, it probably feels the most threatening of any of the fight sequences. As Alice gets to grips with her augmented abilities, she starts to come into her own and the first face off between her and her nemesis is fast, furious and edgy. Unlike other films in the genre (Im thinking particularly of Aeon Flux) the wire work is far from shoddy and you will believe that Alice can jump fifty feet. A high speed, face first abseil down the front of a tower block is also great stuff for the action hounds and in all fairness, the film is never dull.
Sadly, however, it is all very silly and the good points seldom make up for the bad ones. Apocalypse really needed to decide what it wanted to be and as well as investing in the effects and the choreography, a better script and a better cast would have gone down famously. As a story that should really be a horror film, Apocalypse is also rather tame. The 15 certificate was the clue and I should have known it would be downhill from there.
But if the film is a barren pasture of washed out nothingness, you might be surprised to know that the extras are a surprisingly green and verdant oasis.
The menu structure is simple and in keeping with the film. The widescreen presentation does the film more justice than it deserves and you have all the usual subtitle options to choose from.
There are three commentaries (overload on a film as trite as this) from makers, actors, directors and writers in various combinations. Only the most addicted of film viewers would sit through one, let alone three commentaries and they are, as ever, dull. Of more interest are the twenty deleted scenes, some of which seem obvious as choices for the cutting room floor, but one or two of which might have made an interesting addition to the film. At just over an hour and a half, there was probably room for a bit more running time and there were a couple of scenes that I thought worked quite well.
A behind the scenes documentary, split into six sections gives you insights and interviews into how the film came to be. Discussions with the producer, the director and the cast indicate that they were all far more excited about the project than the audience is ever likely to be, but you really cant fault their enthusiasm and as a time-waster, its a well-produced documentary.
There are three featurettes. One of them focuses on the strong female characters in the film, where both the lead female stars take themselves and the film far too seriously. In Symphony of Evil we get a montage of sketches, computer animations and other effects all set to music to give you some idea of how things were made. The zombie scenes are ever so funny, only because it quickly becomes clear that the zombie dogs are actually quite tame and the human actors all look a bit daft in the studio. Its all good fun though! Corporate Malfeasance looks at the idea of the Umbrella Corporation and various people talk about it in an attempt to justify its ridiculous domination of the film. It still doesnt wash.
There are a number of outtakes, appealing to some, tiresome to others. There are two trailers and there is also a photo gallery, featuring artwork designed by some competition winners (which I thought was quite a nice idea.)
All in, its a pretty comprehensive package and far more than the film deserves.
You can pick up the DVD for as little as £4.99 on the high street and online but in all honesty Im not sure this is a film you would want to own. Borrow it or maybe steal it but if you buy it, I dont imagine youll watch it twice.
In 1996, a new console game was released on the Sony Playstation under a hype of publicity in Japan, titled "Biohazard". Critics were describing it as the "best 3D action game ever", and raved about it's fantastic rendered graphics, it's amazing sound and it's cinematic storyline.
Combining all the elements from classic horror movies (such as flesh-eating zombies and mutant creatures), the game took Japan by storm. Shortly afterwards, the game had it's American release under the new title... "Resident Evil".
The game's storyline was gripping - Racoon City was like any other US city, and it's quiet suburbs seemed like the ideal place to live. However, the subdued atmosphere is shattered when residents start to see strange creatures, and people start to disappear. Following the discovery of bodies with wounds resembling animal attacks, the city sends it's Special Tactics and Rescue Squad (S.T.A.R.S.) to investigate. What they discover is terrifying, and they are forced to retreat to a nearby mansion... and this is where the horror begings.
The game spawned a whole series of follow on games and, in 2002, the first Resident Evil movie was released. Starring Milla Jovovich, the film was, in effect, the prequel to the first game. Set in the underground labs known as "The Hive", it showed how The Umbrella Corporation was researching a virus which could reanimate dead cells. The effects of this could be amazing, however an accident released the virus, turning the workers into flesh-eating zombies.
S.T.A.R.S. are sent in to investigate what had happened, and a battle of life and "un"-death ensues.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse picks up from where the first film finished. The inhabitants of Racoon City are totally unaware of the viral timebomb ticking away below them, nor of the research that the Umbrella Corporation had been conducting. Keen to cover up what had happened, Umbrella send more S.T.A.R.S. members into the hive to destroy any evidence. However, no sooner do they enter the hive the virus escapes bringing unexplainable violence onto the streets of Racoon City.
Fearing the widespread release, Umbrella closes all exits from Racoon City, effectively quarantining the residents.
At this point, Alice awakes from "suspended animation" in the local hospital, where she was detained following her escape from the hive. She, along with several S.T.A.R.S. members and residents must survive the zombies, the virus and escape Racoon City before Umbrella destroys all evidence of the incident.
The film really does resemble the computer game genre - the team are being chased by zombie-dogs through a corridor, only to find that the "Exit" is blocked by debris / weapons are dropped in by helicopter etc.
The locations used also fit into the game genre - the school building, the hospital, the tower block - each with very effective lighing and atmosphere enhancing elements.
The characters in the film could be ripped straight from the game series. Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the buxom-ass-kicking-gun-toting-blonde. Carlos the "George Clooney" lookalike S.T.A.R. member, played by Oded Fehr. The Nemisis - Umbrella's mutant secret weapon - looks and acts exactly as you would expect if you had stumbled across him in the game. Even the zombies move, look and act perfectly.
Mike Epps plays "the custom black guy" role as seen in many horror films, but has some of the best and funniest lines in the film. One classic line is whilst he is driving - a zombie steps out in front of him, to which he shouts out... "G.T.A." (a reference to the very popular PS2 game, "Grand Theft Auto").
Director Alexander Witt has really done well with this film. His previous credits include that of Director Of Photography and Assistant Director in movies such as "XXX", "Black Hawk Down" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean", although this is his first movie as Director. He even plays a cameo in the film as a S.T.A.R.S. sniper !
This is one of those rare films, in the fact that the sequel is far superior to the original. Whilst the original film was enjoyable, the sequel is far more entertaining, atmospheric and enjoyable.
The horror relies on shock tactics such as a zombie jumping out or a loud noise rather than long suspenseful moments - but again this is very much suited to this type of film. The action sequences and stunts are similar to those in "The Matrix" or "Blade" - extreme and over the top, but very entertaining.
Ok, there are some very cheesy lines, such as "We're gonna need more ammo", but hey, this is a action / horror film ! We need lines like that occasionally !
There have been a few "Zombie" films released over the past year or so - "Dawn Of The Dead", "Shaun Of The Dead" - and this movie takes the best elements from these and the computer games.
Onto the DVD itself now. This DVD is a single disc feature, but don't let that deceive you, as the makers have crammed it full of features and goodies for you to enjoy !
Obviously, the purpose of buying any DVD is for the main feature, and this is presented in 2.40:1 Anamorphic widescreen, and with Dolby Digital 5:1 surround sound. This means that with the right equipment, this movie looks and sounds just as good as it did at the cinema - abliet on a smaller screen !
Upon inserting the DVD, you are presented with an animated menu screen from "The Umbrella Corporation", offering the usual options. Selecting "Special Features" takes you to a new section of the disk. From here, you can select to view the movie with any one of three commentaries from the film makers, the stars or the writer and producer.
You can also view 20 (yes, twenty !) deleted scenes. These vary in length and quality, but provide a deeper insight into the movie.
There are also three featurettes, which looks at individual elements of the movie. As well as these, there is a "making of" documentary which is really interesting.
In a movie of this scale, obviously not everything went according to plan. Fear not, as you can also watch the out-takes in all their glory ! These are entertaining, and also you get to see the real actors, and laugh at their expense !
Overall, Resident Evil: Apocalypse has a very stylish feel to it, and the ending leaves the story open for a third installment to this series... which I am very much looking forward to !!!
I would recommend Resident Evil: Apocalypse to any horror / action movie fans, and anyone who has played and enjoyed the games !
The lovely Milla Jovovich is back with a vengeance as amnesiac, genetically-altered zombie ass-kicker, Alice, in this sequel to the 2002 hit film, which is based on the video game. This time around the sinister Umbrella Corporation sends a team of investigators into their destroyed underground lab (the ground-zero of carnage in the previous film) and unwittingly unleash the still-staggering zombies and monsters out into the population of Raccoon City. Soon Umbrella has evacuated all of their own key employees and has shut everyone else inside to be devoured. A mastermind chemist's daughter gets left behind in the confusion, and she is the one ticket out for Alice and a handful of dwindling survivors, including the equally hot, skimpily dressed, and almost-as-tough lady cop, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory). There's some nifty motorcycle riding, plenty of bullets and splattering blood, and even a new monster--the hulking, heavily-armored, seriously ugly Nemesis. Comic actor Mike Epps is great as a pimped-out hustler who handles the whole dead-coming-back-to-life thing with cool nonchalance. In some ways, this nonstop creep show is even an improvement over the original, with a pervasive mood of nihilistic corporate dehumanization adding extra concern about the future of civilization to the mix of shooting, dying, punching, and munching.