Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) Review: Actionx2, No Plot

“My name is Alice and I remember everything.”

Synopsis: Alice awakes in Raccoon City, only to find it has become infested with zombies and monsters. With the help of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, Alice must find a way out of the city before it is destroyed by a nuclear missile.

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Calamity Brains:

Resident Evil: Apocalypse has almost none of the atmosphere of the first movie. Instead, it doubles down on the action. There’s very little plot, and what little there is rarely makes good sense. The movie is basically just a vehicle for awesome action sequences and Milla Jovovich demolishing everything in her path.

Despite the zombies, this is essentially an action flick. There are some nods to both the first movie (we get to meet the Red Queen again) and to the video game series, but for the most part, the filmmakers focused on playing with new toys. Now outside of the underground Hive facility, this movie makes the most of the escape with the addition of motorcycles, SUVs, helicopters, and excessive amounts of rappelling. There’s no real attempt to ramp up tension, or truly scare the audience. Instead, the movie is designed to answer the age old question: how do we make this scene FUCKING AWESOME?!

Milla Jovovich is great to watch, as always, and her supporting cast in the Resident Evil movies tends to be good. (This one includes Sienna Guillory, Thomas Kretschmann, Zack Ward.) If you’re in the mood for a babe-heavy flick with lots of guns, it’s an entertaining way to pass 94 minutes. Just don’t expect anything deep or scary.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: B-
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Calamity Brains

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.