Resident Evil: Apocalypse

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2004

Directed by Alexander Witt; Written by Paul W.S. Anderson

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is more or less a direct sequel to 2002’s Resident Evil. Alice awakes in an Umbrella Corporation lab and finds that Raccoon City is at the mercy of the T Virus. Alice teams up with a reporter and several S.T.A.R.S. agents to fight their way out of the city and escape certain death.
 
Alice returns to lead a cast of interesting and quite strange characters. Her stay in the Umbrella lab resulted in the development of many super-human powers, such as mind crushing guards though security cameras and leaping several stories in a single bound. Joining forces with Alice is agents Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera. Valentine is a scantily clad alpha female that’s basically a copy of Alice. Olivera is one of the only characters that shows any sort of development. We also see the appearance of Nemesis, a T Virus mutation, who despite the ability to speak proves to be the deepest character in the film.

The action sequences are quite disappointing. This is simply the result of poor editing; within a given fight scene, the audience can except so many cuts that it is nearly impossible to follow anything that is going on.

Now we can get to the plot. This film’s purpose is to introduce Olivera and tie up events from the first film. This could have been effectively accomplished in fifteen minutes and did not require a feature length explanation by any means. By expanding the story to such lengths, the film becomes clogged with a series of plot holes that leads one to question the entire reality of Raccoon City. This builds up to a lackluster and nonsense ending that will perplex even the best of us.
 
Apocalypse will please fans of the first film and the video game franchise; however, an audience new to the series will more than likely find this film’s plot to be painfully trivial.

Rating: 5/10

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