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Movie Review: Resident Evil – Apocalypse

Storyline:

In the end of the first movie Resident Evil, we see only two survivors out of the T-virus tragedy at Umbrella Corporation’s hi-tech “Hive” research facility, one of them being Alice (Milla Jovovich). For those who have not seen the first movie, the Hive is the secret underground research facility of the Umbrella Corporation, the world’s most powerful commercial organization that specializes in high-end genetic research and mutation. The two survivors have been tested and have been genetically altered to gain superhuman strengths. One of them is Alice, and the other is an armed killing machine, the Nemesis.

By the beginning of Apocalypse, we see that the dangerous T-virus that induces people become Zombies is out in the open in Raccoon city. The umbrella corporation loses no time in unlawfully quarantining people and leaving them to the mercy of the T-virus that spreads through zombie bites. Umbrella Corporation quickly evacuates all the top level scientists based at Raccoon city. One of whom, Dr Ashford, refuses to come unless his daughter is taken care of.

A small team of survivors hide in a church and are attack by the zombies and the mutated creatures. Enter superhuman Alice who successfully kills the creatures and leads the team of the survivors to likely safety. While they are on a hunt to find a way out, Dr Ashford contacts them through he telephone networks and promises them to show a way out, if they are able to find his daughter Angela and rescue her. Ashford gives the same deal to a team of abandoned STARS (Umbrella’s elite commando team) led by Jill, that is looking for an escape from Raccoon city. Eventually Alice’s team and Jill’s team trace Angela at her school.

After a series of mindless adventures, Alice is finally shown in a laboratory, only to emerge as a stronger version that is now fully programmable by Umbrella’s scientists.

Comment:
The movie seems to be a desperate attempt to revive the success of the movie Resident Evil that had raked in a hundred million dollars. A viewer who has previously not seen the first movie would rather feel like running away from the movie hall in the middle of the movie. However, as the movie approaches the end, it gains a little better sense.

One of the most seemingly realistic things projected by the film include the dangers of overtly powerful corporations that can threaten the future lives of people with their genetic experiments.

Milla Jovovich’s performance is purely action oriented and is exponentially better than the earlier movie (thanks to her character ‘Alice’ becoming genetically powerful). The other performances are just around the average performance that you would see in a usual Hollywood sci-fi thriller.

Bottomline: If possible, please leave your brains outside the theatre entrance. Else, you might become a T-virus carrier Zombie… ;)

Cast:

Milla Jovovich .... Alice
Sienna Guillory .... Jill Valentine
Oded Fehr .... Carlos Olivera
Thomas Kretschmann .... Major Cain
Sophie Vavasseur .... Angie Ashford
Jared Harris .... Dr. Ashford
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