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Resident Evil: Apocalypse
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by Josh Gryniewicz

"More Terrifying than 'House of the Dead'"
2 stars

Most video games have just enough narrative to keep the action (& the quarters) flowing and usually lift their plot, part and parcel, from genre successful films. Adapting this to film then leaves audiences with a copy of a copy – which as any Xerox tech will tell you – never reproduces well.

“Mortal Kombat” was a supernatural infused “Kickboxer” without Van Damme. “Tomb Raider” was smutty pre-pubescent fantasy of a female Indiana Jones. “Resident Evil” was a Romero style nightmare and “House of the Dead” a nightmare Romero would have (if he knew he were responsible). But in each case these films prove your best sticking with the original.

“Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse” picks up right where the first film left off, with the nefarious Umbrella Corporation, leaders in biotech military weaponry, genetic mutations and zombie manufacturing, deciding to re-open the HIVE, the underground base where undead shenanigans occurred last time around. Not surprisingly this action releases the “T-virus” zombie inducing gas into unsuspecting Raccoon City.

Its central plot involves rescuing a little Newt look alike (from “Aliens”), the young daughter of an Umbrella scientist, in order to use her as a bargaining chip to get out of the city. The rest of the film involves the few surviving characters racing from set to set, exchanging inane dialogue and fighting creepy critters – you know, like a video game.

Those few remaining characters (character is a pretty strong word, as cardboard has more personality) may seem a bit familiar because you’ve seen them done before and done far better (remember copy from a copy). Milla Jovovich reprises the first film’s Alice (though rebuilt stronger, faster, sexier) trying to rock the Ripley ‘tude while decked in threads she must have got from Barter town (just beyond the thunderdome). Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) is pasted right from the video game, but shoots for a Lara Croft look (Is that a vinyl top? Is vinyl comfortable? Can you really pull off an effective spin kick in heels and a skirt? Is that really practical?) Without Jolie’s unruly charismatic confidence Guillory comes off as uncomfortably campy as she looks. Oded Fehr portrays the utterly unconvincing generic renegade soldier Olivera with stale lines like “Fuck orders”; Mike Epps is the generic funny black man and Sandrine Holt plays the generic reporter along for the ride.

The would – be plot also brings in a mutant, killing machine that mixes the chintziest elements of “Robocop” and Jason Voorhees, complete with a corporate goon as puppet master, solely for the purpose of a one-on-one brawl with Ms. L’Oreal – you know, like a video game.

The first time around Romero was rumored to be heading up the project, which offered a sense of hope, but he was bumped supposedly for not staying true to the game (when was the last time the same respect was afforded a book? Or a comic book for that matter?) This time around the thread of hope went to second fiddle Paul W.S. Anderson who had delivered an “Aliens” & “Day of the Dead” hybrid that worked as zombie action, but he bowed out of the directing seat this time around to go screw up another genre flick “Alien Vs Predator.” Here, first time director Alexander Witt drops the ball on the one element that actually makes a film like this work, action, by speeding the fight sequences so fast you can barely see what’s happening.

What really counts as a strike against the movie is that the first film struck in a pre-zombie renaissance, when fans were hungrier for reanimated rotting flesh on film than a newly risen corpse hankers for fresh meat. In the wake of an undead revival which has brought the far superior tribute “28 Days Later”, the “Dawn of the Dead” remake and a handful of flicks in cue: (the spoof comedy “Shaun of the Dead”, two back-to-back “Return of the Living Dead” sequels, another Romero remake “Day of the Dead” and another installment from the zombie master himself “Land of the Dead”) the flaws in “RE 2” are even more exaggerated.

What is interesting about the film doesn’t really have anything to do with the movie itself, but more the political context that the film reflects. What I call the “Big Bad, Inc Effect” (the trend of making corporations the generic villain for the nineties and beyond; a residual carry over of patented sci-fi formula) not only is glaring in “RE2”, but it is made all the more so by how truly uninspiring the film is. In other words, if an utterly brain dead film like this taps into the awareness that there is something dire going on in the current power structure, then it must really be prevalent in the implicit aspects of collective consciousness. Add to this a preoccupation of post-apocalyptic fantasy (even the anti-consumer magazine “Ad Busters” has devoted a special feature to entertaining post collapse fiction) and a stock of generic “little bads” –Umbrella Corp guards looking all – too – similar – too – be – coincidence riot cops (made fashionably popular in cities across America by the ‘99 WTO protests) and you have a seriously subversive undercurrent coursing through even the most cheesy aspects of pop-culture.

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originally posted: 09/11/04 20:42:31
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User Comments

2/27/21 morris campbell pretty good 4 stars
1/21/12 Velociraptor Great Movie 5 stars
5/15/11 stephen nettles A step back from the first 2 stars
10/15/07 beau ps2 games of this are way better!!!!!!! but i like milla jovovich in this!!! 2 stars
9/23/07 Nicholas Maday I love Milla, but this was pretty bad. Better than Ultraviolet, but still pretty bad. 2 stars
1/06/07 Stephen Besides the monsters it strays too far away from the game, and thats why i think it sucks 2 stars
6/15/06 Michele ok 3 stars
6/04/06 mary great 5 stars
5/01/06 Jack A terrific sequel 5 stars
3/01/06 Steven Lewis total crap compared to the first film. 1 stars
12/06/05 Steve Newman What a load of Tosh 2 stars
10/25/05 chris fox (the god) good 4 stars
10/23/05 Raul Valdez A good sequal. 5 stars
10/18/05 Eden And i thought the first one was bad 1 stars
10/10/05 Wisamane Wow the plot suckkss! HAHAHAH what a stupid movie, The ZOMBIE WAS HER BOY FRIEND HAHAHAH!!! 1 stars
10/10/05 Indrid Cold I didn't turn it off. Yes, that's the best compliment I can give to it. 2 stars
9/07/05 Tom Burns I love this movie. A superb sequel. 5 stars
9/03/05 Eden Why was this made? 1 stars
8/25/05 Termite Slighty better than the original, but that's not saying much, now, is it? 3 stars
8/22/05 Sofa King A video game zombie movie for the learning disabled! w00t! IT SUCKED! 1 stars
8/18/05 ES So many impossible stunts (ie church window jump on motor cycle) and bad acting make crap 1 stars
7/24/05 Jake Fun to watch, wouldn't ever care to see again 3 stars
7/17/05 Brandy Harrington Rancid shit! Why do you people like this trash? 1 stars
6/25/05 DennyRoss All I hear are generalizations and beefs about the director. I loved this flick!!! 5 stars
6/10/05 Manu Ginobli Garbage. 1 stars
6/09/05 Indrid Cold Barely watchable 90 minute-long music video. 2 stars
4/30/05 Jim Hot chicks in miniskirts kick zombie ass 4 stars
4/11/05 Morten I liked it. And to all the people posting anon, grow a spine :p 4 stars
4/02/05 fhf one of the shittiest movies, ever. 1 stars
3/11/05 ELI driest zombie ever made. WHERE'S MY BLOOD??? acting was funny too 2 stars
2/22/05 lol This movie was absolute shit, a disgrace to the games. 1 stars
2/15/05 Rock-steady goddamn she has huge nipples(i'd still fuck her) 3 stars
2/11/05 J Cool sort of, but a horrible adaptation to the game RE3 3 stars
2/11/05 Bobby da Squid An unoriginal yawnfest 2 stars
2/01/05 tatum Cheaper than the original, and really clicheed 1 stars
1/04/05 Joe England Say what you will, at least the first one wasn't riddled with COUNTLESS plot holes. 2 stars
12/25/04 Phil Brosgol A clunky, boring, steaming pile of excrement, seasoned with paper-thin characters. 1 stars
12/16/04 Etheridge Hoogendijk This gets bad ratings; SHAUN OF THE DEAD mostly awesome. But I could hardly tell them apart 3 stars
11/16/04 Gooey 2wice the shit 1 stars
11/04/04 Duncan if i was angry as tyson and stupid as homer,i would love it 1 stars
11/01/04 Deviant better than the first, inspired me to buy 3 of the games the next day 4 stars
10/20/04 Naka Nope! 1 stars
10/17/04 Samuel It was decent, nothing special. 3 stars
10/13/04 Pial PEOPLE FOR GODSAKES it's a video game to movie franchise what do you expect a oscar winner? 5 stars
10/08/04 Geo I Hate you P. W Anderson! 3 stars
10/01/04 Neo First one definitely better, this is a total failure 1 stars
9/30/04 Deuce Richter F u all in the pants! Its a decent movie 4 stars
9/26/04 Dreamless It's like THE GAME,you can't make a "braveheart" out of everything. 4 stars
9/26/04 Laurian Awesome Nemesis, great turn of events! First half was ok, second half of the movie ruled! 5 stars
9/24/04 joe lopez the best movie i have ever seen 5 stars
9/20/04 American Slasher Goddess Slightly better then the first one, but that's not saying awhole lot. 2 stars
9/19/04 Derek Horrible. The Nemesis's mutations arent shown and he doesnt kill anyone with his tentacles. 1 stars
9/16/04 Kyle Wellcome First ones better, but this one isnt that bad. 4 stars
9/15/04 Kris couldnt even throw me a twat shot 1 stars
9/14/04 CP0 Not bad, much better than Original. Good action and pretty much wraps up Summer. 3 stars
9/14/04 nick2k well...at least it was better than the 1st one. 2 stars
9/12/04 Matt Holland Mediocre. Period 2 stars
9/12/04 mr mason retarded but sooooooo awesome at the same time. Boneheadedness maximus! 4 stars
9/12/04 Vicious Ws anderson is most at fault for this, he must be destroyed to prevent further atrocities. 1 stars
9/11/04 y2mckay haha! Eric is a funny guy. But it's still worth a look for Milla's shot-glass sized nipples 4 stars
9/11/04 Gruff Well paced, no glaring holes, very athletic 4 stars
9/11/04 Ajax What a terrible, terrible movie. But Milla Jovovich is SO FUCKING BEAUTIFUL! 2 stars
9/11/04 Galadie trash, just like the first. 1 stars
9/11/04 Tyrantis Dude, WTF is up with the Nemisis/Alice kiss scene? As if I didn't hate Alice enough! 1 stars
9/10/04 KingNeutron The action sequences were too blurry to follow; but Milla was good. 3 stars
9/08/04 Ray AWFUL 1 stars
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