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Resident Evil: Apocalypse

movie review out of 4 Movie Review: Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Thomas Kretschmann
Director: Alexander Witt
Rated: R
RunTime: 94 Minutes
Release Date: September 2004
Genres: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action, Horror

*Also starring: Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Jared Harris, Sandrine Holt, Razaaq Adoti, Mike Epps, Sophie Vavasseur, Zack Ward, Matthew G. Taylor, Shaun Austin-Olsen, Tom Gerhardt, Eric Mabius

Review by Steve Rhodes
1 star out of 4

Loud and stupid, RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE is yet another video game made into an incoherent and ridiculous movie. The second in a series about the "Resident Evil" video games, this movies manages to be considerably worse than the original RESIDENT EVIL, which I thought could not be possible.

Milla Jovovich stars as Alice, a RoboCop-like super hero who works for and against the nefarious Umbrella Corporation, whose super-secretive hive is hidden beneath Raccoon City. This movie about the undead should appeal only to the brain dead, but there is one segment of society that will eat it up -- video game-addicted teenage boys. For their viewing pleasure, the script includes plenty of inside jokes for gamers, especially about the controversial Grand Theft Auto series of games.

Most of the movie is a shoot 'em up, as the good guys use noisy guns, rifles and automatic weapons to mow down slow-moving zombies. The director uses all of the standard techniques of the genre, including nearly indecipherable night sequences, slow-motion, blurry images and lots of lightning flashes. This movie, which gives video games a bad name, is one big bore.

Although you probably won't care, the producers are so intent upon letting you know that they want to make a third in the series that, after the film's natural ending, they include what should have been most of the first act of the third film. It doesn't look like the third is going to be any improvement. How's that for a surprise?

RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE runs a very long 1:33. It is rated R for "non-stop violence, language and some nudity" and would be acceptable for most teenagers.

My son Jeffrey, age 15, liked the action and gave it *** 1/2. He especially liked the Grand Theft Auto jokes. His friend Kyle, also 15, gave it ***, saying that Matt was his favorite character.

Copyright 2004 Steve Rhodes

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