Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Cast:
Milla Jovovich as Alice
Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine
Oded Fehr as Carlos Olivera
Thomas Kretschmann as Major Cain
Sophie Vavasseur as Angie Ashford
Raz Adoti as Peyton Wells
Jared Harris as Dr. Ashford
Mike Epps as L.J.
Sandrine Holt as Terri Morales
Matthew G. Taylor as Nemesis
Zack Ward as Nicholai Sokolov
Iain Glen as Dr. Isaacs
Dave Nichols as Captain Henderson
Stefan Hayes as Yuri Loginova
Geoffrey Pounsett as Mackenzie

Critique:
Milla Jovovich returns as Alice, the former head of security for Umbrella Corp’s secret Raccoon City research facility “The Hive”. This time Alice isn’t just the top cop, she is also a part of the experiments and must fight not only the endless sea of undead but Umbrella’s other research project – Nemesis.

Fans of the first movie will be pleased that the sequel’s continuity is good and does not have any obvious inconsistencies. However, the changes to Alice and the scale of the villains require a higher level of disbelief, but this is a zombie movie and it should not be that much harder to accept the changes.

Special effects fans should be happy. Not only are there hoards of zombies, but there are also a couple new creations. The stomping sound of Nemesis is occasionally off and the physics associated with Alice are a bit suspect, but those are relatively minor errors.

The supporting cast does a fair job in mostly secondary roles, as with the first movie most of the characters are disposable. While there is a back story to the action, it mainly feels like an excuse to have a series of fight scenes, some of which are very superficial to the plot.

The music is mixed in well and the cinematography is dark and very appropriate to the feel of the film. Although a plus to the target audience of teen boys, the wardrobe of the main female characters seems to be not very useful in a combat environment.

Who should see this movie? Fans of zombie movies and the first Resident Evil should be happy with it. The film delivers a lot of action and does have a couple of good scare scenes. People seeking romance or a film that requires the brain should go someplace else. There are a couple laughs, but they are dark ones. Overall, if you can accept Alice as an enhanced bioweapon, and why not – she is battling zombies after all, you should be able to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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