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Written by Thomas "CigDangle" Balistreri   
Monday, 10 September 2007

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Resident Evil - Apocalypse At my day job, I work with a gentleman who is very good at his job.  He performs his daily tasks perfectly – sometimes even going above and beyond.  As good as he is I know that he would not make a good manager.  He is just not cut out to be the boss.  I feel that the director of this film may have a similar problem.

If you read my previous review, you know that I really enjoyed Resident Evil , calling it “one of the better videogame movies made”.  And although the script was penned by Paul W.S. Anderson, the gentleman who wrote and directed the first film, and even included Jill Valentine, one of the videogame series’ starring characters, this film falls short of the first.
 

Alice Running Alexander Witt directed this film.  He has worked on a number of pictures, in a number of capacities, including Second Unit Director, Assistant Director, and Director of Photography.  The movies on his resume are impressive.  The Bourne Identity, Gladiator, Speed, and Remember the Titans fill the page.  Apparently, he does good work, but this was his first and only film as director.  Maybe he just isn’t management material.

The film begins with Umbrella Corporation scientists re-opening the “Hive”, which has been sealed off since the conclusion of the first movie.  Of course opening the Hive unleashes the humans infected with the T-Virus on Raccoon City.  Umbrella responds by sealing off the city from the rest of the world, essentially locking everyone in.  Alice, after escaping from a research lab, teams up with a group of individuals which includes Ms. Valentine, trying to flee Raccoon City before Umbrella detonates a tactical nuclear device to “eradicate the virus”.

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In the midst of the flight, they are contacted by an Umbrella Corporation scientist whose daughter has been trapped in the city, and who has been monitoring their progress.  He promises to utilize his knowledge and access to the city CCTV system to help the group escape, if they locate and save his daughter.

The acting is similar to the first, with highlights and low points.  Zack Ward, who plays Nicholai Ginovaeff an Umbrella Corp. paramilitary soldier, is just plain bad.  Although he only plays a bit role, his horrific attempt at a Russian accent is so bad, it stays with you like bad seafood.  Thomas Kretschmann plays Major Cain in a forgettable performance.  Thankfully, Sienna Guillory, who plays Jill Valentine does a passable job, and Milla Jovovich is good as well.

Alice and Nemesis Yes, the story is not as good as the first, and some of the dialogue can kill a scene.  Possibly the most obscure scene in the film, takes place when Alice faces the creature created by the "Nemesis Project".  Major Cain sets up an impromptu death match in the middle of Raccoon City, instructing Alice to fight, threatening to kill the people in her party if she refuses.  The scene is contrived, and downright ridiculous.

My Rating: 70%
Alice Nevertheless, if you enjoyed the first film, you should rent Resident Evil: Apocalypse.  (Better yet, TNT is airing the first and second film the weekend of September 15th and 16th).  The film is okay, but could have been better if it had better direction, both literally and figuratively.  The storyline just floats along, not really aware of where it’s headed.  It does end in much the same may the first film did: with a cliffhanger ending.  It definitely set itself up for another sequel, which coincidentally hits theaters September 21st in the United States.

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