(2004)  

Alan:

Ebert:1/2 Star Entertainment Weekly: TV Guide:


Warning, minor plot points revealed!

I guess there are just some things I don't understand.  For example if you hated the first Resident Evil movie then why would you go see the sequel?  Also, a note to Roger Ebert, if you are going to review a movie then you should at least pay attention so that you don't sound like an idiot when you're slamming it (FYI: Alice is not a "renegade scientist".)  For a real review of the film see the one at Kung Fu Cinema.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a good zombie movie and an outstanding action flick.  Even if I didn't know anything about a movie I would probably still go see it if the R rating was explained: Rated R (for non-stop violence, language and some nudity).  

I expected a few things when I went to go see this movie and I am happy to say that the film exceeded all expectations.  It also expertly follows the most important rule of the sequel formula - More is BetterResident Evil: Apocalypse is a perfect sequel.  More action (non-stop), more zombies (the whole city), not just 1, but 2 hot chick zombie killers, zombie dogs, mutant monsters, and as a new element - genetically designed mutant zombie hunting super-soldiers.  

The story basically picks right up where the last movie left off.  Alice, the only survivor of a genetic weapons lab sabotage, stumbles out of a hospital into a city that appears to have also fallen victim to the zombie creating T-Virus that was set loose in the lab.  That's where the last movie ended.  In this movie, we rewind back a few hours and get to see the contamination of Raccoon City as well as the city being sealed off and quarantined by the sinister Umbrella Corporation.  Eventually all who did not escape will become infected zombies and Umbrella plans to nuke the whole city to cover up the disaster.  Alice teams up with a few cops and reporter who have been contacted from outside the city by a Umbrella scientist who's daughter was trapped inside the city when it was locked down.  He makes a deal to guide them out if they save his daughter.  

One of the best parts of the new Dawn of the Dead movie earlier this year was the beginning of the film when the city starts to go zombie.  I love the chaos that ensues and Resident Evil : Apocalypse has an abundance of scenes like that.  

The action is awesome.  I love love love movies with female action heroes and this movie has 2 of them!  They are so cool, especially Alice who has herself been genetically enhanced since we saw her in the last film.  She is now a zombie killing machine.  

If I have one complaint it's that in the new era of zombie films (Dawn of the Dead 2004, 28 Days Later, etc.) the zombies have evolved from the Romero-type lurching brainless meandering corpses to the sprinting, shrieking, purposefully intent on eating you variety.  I like the new "fast" zombies better but Resident Evil for some reason still uses the old plodding versions.  Perhaps it would be better to say that these zombies are somewhere in between but still too slow to be an individual threat.

There's tons of great scenes in the film but one I really liked was when you get to see a whole classroom of little kid zombies.  I loved the little girl in Dawn of the Dead and this was like a whole pack of them!  That was cool.  

The actors are all pretty much no-names.  Milla Jovovich who plays Alice is probably the only one you might know and perhaps her best known role was as Leeloo in The Fifth Element.  The rest all do fine, especially Sienna Guillory who plays hot cop chick Jill Valentine.

Do you need to go see this in the movie theater?  If you liked the first movie as much as I did then I assume you would have already gone to see it.  However, if you have to be selective about what you see at the theater then I suppose you could probably wait and rent this one when it comes out on DVD. 

The movie ends with a new story beginning just like the last one so hopefully the good box office for the film will result in another sequel.  As far as I'm concerned they can release one every year for the rest of my life.  I'll be there to watch each and every one of them.