An Average Movie-Goer’s Review
No spoilers! If you would like spoilers – check out the Spoiler post
I love horror movies and if I’m going to watch them anyway, why not write an entertaining/funny review from the POV of an average movie-goer and not a professional critic.
Today we’re looking at 2004’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse the sequel to 2002’s Resident Evil which we also covered and you can read by clicking here.
Following the events of the first Resident Evil film, Alice and a group of survivors attempt to escape Raccoon City while stalked by Nemesis, Umbrella’s latest biological weapon.
Is it Scary?
What? Did you think a movie about a zombie apocalypse was supposed to be scary? Ha! This is Resident Evil: The Paul W. S. Anderson Universe where the W. S. stands for Wasted Scares. This movie is straight action with no scares and attempted jump scares you can see coming a mile away. In case you don’t know, Paul W. S. Anderson is the director for most of the original Resident Evil films and writer for all.
All of our Paul W.S. Anderson Resident Evil Explanations/Reviews:
If you’re a fan of Resident Evil games and you’re going into this expecting anywhere close to the adaptation of the games, you’re going to be extremely disappointed. Honestly feels like Paul W. S. Anderson wanted to make a movie about Resident Evil but only read a brief synopsis of the games and needed to force Alice into it.
The acting is iffy and at times feels like a parody but, it’s not overt enough that it ruins the movie. The movie’s logic and character decisions at times make no sense but, again, nothing that breaks the movie. I do like some of the monster designs even if they don’t look good during fight scenes.
Speaking of, my biggest issue with the movie is the fight scenes. There are so many quick cuts during fights that it’s actually disorienting at times. One fight scene for example had multiple quick cuts, slow-motion shots, and random zoom-in on characters just standing around.
Now, is it a bad movie? Eh, it’s definitely not great and it’s not good. It’s a horrible Resident Evil movie but it’s an action-packed zombie movie that happens to have Resident Evil elements. It’s an okay movie to watch when you feel like watching a mindless zombie film that has plenty of action but you don’t want to be scared.