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Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Entry updated 22 December 2020. Tagged: Film.

Film (2004). A Davis Films/Impact (Canada) Inc and Constantin Film (UK) Limited Production. Directed by Alexander Witt. Written by Paul W S Anderson, based on the Videogame Biohazard (Japan), also known as Resident Evil (USA). Cast includes Oded Fehr, Sienna Guillory, Milla Jovovich and Thomas Kretschmann. 94 minutes. Colour.

Sequel to Resident Evil (2002). Taking elements from the second and third Videogames, Resident Evil: Apocalypse is effectively more of the same as its predecessor, albeit less coherent. Now becoming a Pandemic, the T-Virus spreads to Raccoon City, which is then quarantined by the evil Umbrella Corporation, leaving Alice (Jovovich) and her companions trapped. Alice, now superhuman due to genetic (see Genetic Engineering) enhancements from Umbrella, attempts to escape while being hunted by Umbrella's new super mutant: the Nemesis.

The visual potential of the urban setting is largely squandered by a plot that takes place only at night. Furthermore, by making the heroine so extraordinarily powerful, the movie completely severs its ties with the conventions of the Survival Horror videogame genre, and turns the Zombies into pathetically ineffectual threats. The novelization is Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) by Keith R A DeCandido. Further film sequels are Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) and Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010). [JN]


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