A vicious virus brings on the ‘Apocalypse’

In Film & TV

“Resident Evil: Apocalypse” is a disappointing
excuse of an action-horror sequel to its $100 million hit
precursor, which was loosely based on the gaming phenomenon of the
same name.

The absurd plot line unfolds as the deadly T-virus escapes and
starts turning the good citizens of Raccoon City into relentless,
flesh-eating zombies. However, the real blood bath begins when the
government and military officials seal off the only exit out of the
city, ignorantly allowing the predator zombies to feed on the
existing human prey. (I’ve seen scarier zombies on Michael
Jackson’s “Thriller” video.)

The only hope for Raccoon City lies in the hands of a small group
of uninfected survivors led by Alice (Milla Jovovich), a special
agent who has been inhumanly subjected to biogenetic
experimentation by the maniacal giant Umbrella Corporation. Alice
becomes genetically altered with superhuman strengths, senses and
dexterity.

This predictable sequel picks up where its predecessor left off;
Alice wakes from a terrible sleep to find her worst fears
realized–the bloodthirsty undead, which she and a now-annihilated
squad of elite military fought to destroy, have been released on
the city that surround the Hive, the secret facility of the
Umbrella Corporation.

Fellow video game characters, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), a
former member of Umbrella Corporation’s elite Special Tactics
and Rescue Services (S.T.A.R.S) team, and S.T.A.R.S team leader
Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr), join ranks and gather a small group of
humans to combat against swarms of mindless undead and the powerful
forces that unleashed them on society.

Running out of luck and resources, the rag-tag group is
unexpectedly rescued by Alice when she ridiculously hurtles herself
and a motorcycle through a beautiful stained-glass window in a
church. All the while, Major Cain (Thomas Kretschmann), a corrupt
Umbrella Corporation official turned Dr. Frankenstein, schemes a
cover up with nuclear bomb and a surreal monster code-named
Nemesis. This is when the film starts to resemble the recent box
office dud, “Alien vs. Predator.”

Deemed as the heroine, Alice has the daunting task of defeating
Nemesis and escaping total annihilation.

Sadly, the concept of this film gets lost in translation. There
were few highlights; moments of levity do appear with the
introduction of the smooth, street smart L.J. (Mike Epps). His
performance was so refreshingly entertaining that I found myself
easily forgetting most of the fatal flaws of the film.

Just when you think the zombies will be contained and Alice will
walk free, writer Paul W.S. Anderson and newbie director Alexander
Witt elude to yet another awkward installment to this seemingly
pointless T-virus saga.

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