Resident Evil:Apocalypse, American movie (2004)

There was a time when I was a very obsessive player of computergames. Just as with movies, I had a particular fondness for games that were set in the horrorgenre. It will probably not be a very big surprise that the infamous Resident Evil series was my favorite. For those that are not familiar with it, shame on you! But of course being the nice guy that I am, I will tell you a little bit of background on it. Resident Evil tells the story of the evil Umbrella corporation, that unknown to the public at large, secretly produces bio weapons. One of their biggest creations was the socalled T-virus, that turns normal people into terrible flesh eating zombies. And of course…at one point something goes terribly wrong, and the virus gets unleashed in the fictional town of Raccoon City. The third game in the series introduced a foe that for me has been the most awesome and most memorable enemy that I have ever faced in a computergame. It was called Nemesis, which was also the title of this third installment. This towering behemoth kept following you throughout the game, and always popped up in unexpected places. Needless to say, it gave me the creeps, but in a very good way.

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I don’t think that I have ever seen cops in my town that look like this.

Hollywood, as we all know, has been making movies about games for years, with mostly very unsatisfactory results. The firstΒ Resident EvilΒ movie was a moderate succes, and honestly I quite liked it. It had that B-movie quality to it, but with actress Milla Jovovich in the leadrole as the kick ass lead character Alice, it turned into a fun action/horror film. The sequel was a film that I became very excited for, as not only would it introduce a fan favorite character from the games, it would also feature my old friend Nemesis. Resident Evil: Apocalypse picks up the story right after the events of the first movie. Alice wakes up naked on a table in an unfamiliair laboratory, but manages to escape. Once outside, to her horror she finds herself in the deserted streets of Raccoon City, where it seems all hell has broken loose. And that’s not very far off the mark. The deadly T-Virus has made it’s way to the city, and has turned most of it’s citizens into zombies. While Alice is roaming the streets, she soon teams up with a group of survivors, that include S.T.A.R.S. member Jill Valentine.

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You had better write a good review because else you know what’s going to happen.

All of them are desperately trying to find a way out of the doomed city. But then salvation seems to come from a very unexpected source, namely a Unbrella scientist called doctor Ashford. He promises them a safe way out of the city, and the only thing they have to do for this is find his missing daughter. But this is easier said than done, as the group soon finds out that there are worse things than zombies out there. A thing that is the very stuff of nightmares stalks them….but a thing that is also frighteningly familiar to Alice….Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a movie that sticks closer to the sourcematerial of the games, than the first movie. It’s pretty much a rehash of the story of the third game, and with the inclusion of the characters of Jill Valentine and Nemesis it’s very familiair for fans. But what if you are not a fan, or have never even heard of the games in the first place? Is this film still worth checking out? That’s a bit of a difficult question to answer, and it probably comes down to what your taste in movies is like.

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Looks like somebody forgot to put on some suntan

You see, even more than the first film, this is pretty much a B-movie. Some of the acting in this film is quite bad. The character of Jill Valentine played by actress Sienna Guillory, while looking exactly like her counterpart from the game, comes of the worst. Some of her lines are just very cringeworthy and forced, and just feel like they are read straight from an autocue. The same can be said for actor Oded Fehr, who plays Carlos Olivera a former Umbrella soldier. While I usually like him, he just felt very out of place in this movie and at times seemed like he did not exactly know what he should be doing. Saving grace is once again Milla herself. She is just very comfortable in her role as Alice, and quite frankly is born for playing these type of characters. Some of the best scenes in the movie are her action sequences, especially the ones where she is facing off against Nemesis. And it has to be said, they did a great job in recreating this fearsome monster. He looks exactly the same as he did in the games and this is obviously a treat for fans.

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Don’t drink and drive, because else things like this might happen.

But that pretty much brings me back to my original question, can this film be enjoyed by people who are not familiar with the games? Well, honestly yes. If you don’t mind some of the bad acting and lack of a good script, there is enough action in the movie to keep you entertained. They obviously also had a larger budget for this sequel as well, which means that the look of the film is much better than the first one. Films such as these are made for a specific type of audience and if you don’t like B-movies, I guarantee that this one will not change your opinion on that. But if you are like me, and don’t mind all the aforementioned things, it is still a fun film. I have to admit that I enjoyed the first movie more. But to see Nemesis brought to life in this way, combined with the fact that Milla Jovovich once again redefines the word girlpower, I still quite enjoyed this second installment in the franchise. It won’t redefine this genre of films, but it doesn’t have to. Sometimes you just want an easy movie that isn’t overly complicated, and in that regard this one certainly delivers.

I give Resident Evil: Apocalypse a 7 out of 10 score.

 

 

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76 thoughts on “Resident Evil:Apocalypse, American movie (2004)”

  1. If you like horror video games you also might want to look at Silent Hill 1 & 2. Both of those have a nice atmosphere, with monsters scattered everywhere, and hidden by fog. It’s less “the hoard” and more “no matter what, a monster is never far away.”

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    1. Silent Hill was excellent indeed. Especially loved the second part. It always gave me the creeps ….it had a really chilling atmosphere and I loved the fact that it was more of a psychological type of horror. Plus…the story was also very good. 😊

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      1. Mmm. I really liked the idea of someone “using” reality like some kind of template, and building a nightmare over it; and the idea of that “nightmare” gradually growing more dominant.

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      2. True enough: and of course some of the monsters were downright disturbing: especially the nurses and the pyramid head. I have to say that I also quite liked the Silent Hill movie. It was done quite well and really managed to capture the spirit of the games. Especially since the music for it was taken straight from the games 😊😊

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      3. Pyramid Head is such an interesting horror. I love how every conflict with him is rooted in “struggling to survive”. You never actually “hurt” him in any visible manner. The nurses were also interesting, though I was particularly impressed by the grey children in the first one, and the Mannequins, and Pyramid Head, in the second.
        I enjoyed the movie, but felt that it was too well lit, and the contrast between “danger” and “safe” was too pronounced, with monsters either concentrated or completely absent. I also felt the choice to have such large groups of characters stepped away from the question of “what is real?” In both SH1 and 2, the protagonist is almost never with more than 1 person at a time, making it very difficult to know what is real.

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      4. I was very impressed with the Silent Hill movie’s monsters. I remember learning that they actually hired professional dancers, and showed how the different performers used posture and movement to characterize them; like how Pyramid Head moves with a very straight back, looming step, while the Patient Demon tends to bend, twist, and crouch, representing his submissive, curious, and painful nature. Really great stuff.

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      5. Yeah that is a pretty good analysis of the film. I had not thought of it that way. I might have to give the film a rewatch soon. I haven’t seen it in quite a while and it would fit prefectly in my upcoming horror/sci fi theme month 😊😊
        I totally forgot about the mannequins by the way. Those were awesome 😊😊

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      6. Mmm. The second one had a strong sexual subtext to it, though I also like the first one for its iconic “quest to save my child” narrative.
        In some ways I feel that’s where the movie erred. It tried to sample the best of both 1 & 2, even though they are radically different narratives.

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      7. It’s kindof funny. I think at one point I was reading something about Silent Hill, and they cited either a graveyard or morgue and remarked “Fortunately this isn’t Resident Evil, or else we would really be in trouble.”
        I love both series for that “monsters everywhere, in 2s and 3s” style. And the mansion as a “trapped” location in RE0 & 1 were really fun too, almost maze like; vast, but still “trapped”.

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      8. I have never played part 0 unfortunately. I played 1-5 and code Veronica. And nowadays as you know I don’t really play videogames anymore, but I really have some fond memories of both these franchises. 😊😊

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      9. Mmm. 0 was interesting. In a lot of ways it felt like another “RE1”, but I did like the more immediate back and forth between the two characters; alternating between them during gameplay instead of running into the others over the course of the story. In some ways RE0’s two characters had a relationship comparable to Barry, where suspicion was rife, but in this case it was reversed, with a gradual subplot of “learning the truth” and “learning to trust” each other; making the teamwork even more poignant.
        Good times.

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      10. Hmm…I actually saw that the game is available for download on Xbox live. I was tempted to buy it, even though I don’t game for real anymore. But had resisted it though. After reading this comment…I am very tempted to just download it anyway. I did like the story for 0 (I own all of the Resident Evil novels by S.D. Perry so that’s why I know the basic premise for it ).

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      11. And I think the “leech” component was a nice touch of variety. There are a few unique monsters as well, and that recurring “slime/critter” menace definitely adds a nice “they could come from anywhere, at any time”.
        For RE1 I loved that basement “crypt”, with the four masks and the crimson zombie waiting in the suspended coffin. That whole atmosphere was breathtaking.

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      1. I think in some ways they just ran their course. There were only so many variations on the same thing that could be done without retreading, and when they tried to experiment the results were not well received. Fortunately we still have titles like P.T. to inspire us. In my mind there’s an element of “if what you are looking for doesn’t already exist, then it’s up to you to create it.”

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      2. Mmm. I’m really looking forward to an indie title called Prey for the Gods, which has a kind of “randomly spawning” wraith enemy, as well as giant bosses reminiscent of Shadow of the Colossus. Along with the threat of the enemies, there are also environmental issues; choosing between using wood to make arrows, or make a fire to survive the bitter cold. Really looking forward to it.

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      3. I always say that about games. Especially in the last few years. They’ve been rushing out too many and fixing them later. If I’m spending almost $100 on a game it should be done right and complete (don’t even get me started on day 1 DLC) lol!! I could rant for hrs about broken and incomplete game releases..

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      4. Mmm. I agree. I forget who said it, but there was a quote that ran along the lines of “Eventually, no one remembers, or cares, if the story came out on time. But everyone will remember whether it was good or bad.” Right now I’m playing my way through Breath of the Wild, and it shows. So far I’ve probably clocked in more than 30 hours, and I haven’t gone after any primary quests. Mostly I just wander around the map, stumbling into little enemy encampments and side quest puzzles, and I’m having a ball.

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      5. Mmm. It’s interesting how, in any series (book, movie, or game), there’s that balance between “something new” but “still true to the roots and virtues of the series”.
        I remember when Silent Hill Shattered Memories came out, I didn’t particularly care for the results, but I really applauded the fact that they chose to experiment, and let themselves step out of that well established mold. Even when the results don’t work out, it really is important to give the creators credit and support for trying.

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      6. I always tell people that any Author, film maker, game developer is never going to win with everyone by changing things. It was the same with Final Fantasy when they changed the game play for xv. You’ll have your purists who think that it should nevr be anything but straight turn based like always, and those who think it’s time for a change.. you’ll never win them all, so you may as well just do anything you like and see what happens! I definitely agree about Sahttered Memories.. it was different!

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  2. Some of the Resident Evil games are fun. I am a big fan of the fourth installment in particular. With respect to the movies I thought the first one was decent, but this one could have been better. The acting in the film is weak in parts, but still better than the video game’s voice acting.

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    1. Haha; oh man, that really brings back some memoriesπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ That voice acting was definitely horrible, but I guess also part of it’s charm too.
      This video was so funny πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚(although I keep saying that the song from Marilyn Manson that opens this video is so awesome).
      Resident Evil 4 was my favorite as well. Part 3 just for me had the best enemy, as I really loved Nemesis, and the way he was almost unstoppable…kind of a Terminator kind of feeling 😊😊

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  3. Ahhhh… Nostalgia. The old days when you couldn’t move and shoot at the same time! Lol!.. Those were the days. πŸ˜‰ as B movies the resident evil movies were great! And by great, I mean bad… But that’s good for a B movie. Lol! Whether people would like the movies if they haven’t played the games? I think they may like them better if they’re fans of the B movie genre. I didn’t get a great ‘Resident Evil’ feeling from some of the films.

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    1. Haha: oh yes, that was so awesome: and ofcourse all the screaming and cursing that went along with it when your character got stuck, or when you pressed the wrong button on your controller πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      But true this film actually managed to capture the games the closest. The others were more action films…bad ones…but to the point that they were very enjoyable 😊😊 It’s just one of those really bad turned good franchises πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      1. By the way, if you haven’t tried the newest game, Biohazard, I recommend getting back into it! Its got the old school feel with new looks and controls… AND VIRTUAL REALITY CAPABILITIES!! Resident Evil VR?? I am comfortable enough to say that I was very close to peeing my pants. Lol!! πŸ˜‰

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      2. Well…my gaming days are over since about 5 years. As much as I used to love gaming, I pretty much completely dropped it, after a particularly bad session of Call of Duty online. These days I am back into ” oldschool gaming, namely boardgames 😊

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      3. Lol! Well, I can’t fault you for that. I rarely have time for games.. I’m so back logged. But, with a job and blogging I pretty much have 2 full time jobs and no free time anymore! Lol! So, I understand. Plus, EVERYONE needs a good ole board game night every once in a while!

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    1. Yeah, these are the type of guilty pleasure movies I guess you could call them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      I have actually not yet seen the final installment, but I already heard it’s not really great. Oh well…I will check it out at some point this year, but my expectations for it are not very high πŸ˜‚

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    1. Haha, no problem. Yeah Resident Evil (or Biohazard as it is known in Japan) has been a very popular game series for years. Even though technically the movies fall into the horrorgenre, I have to admit that these film are more action oriented though 😊

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    1. Haha, thank you πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ As I said to Kim, I find them the most difficult to do each time.
      But the Resident Evil films are fun…they won’t win academy awards orvanything, but they are still a lot of fun to watch 😊😊

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  4. I have to admit that I like this movie. There’s definitely a distinction between me liking it and me thinking it’s good though.πŸ˜‚ It’s one of those guilty pleasure movies that I find you can just put on and enjoy as escapism for a couple of hours. Awesome soundtrack too with KSE.

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    1. Haha: completely agree. It’s the same with me: I like the film: but it’s definitely not anywhere near a good movie. But sometimes it’s nice to see films like this with a bog bowl of popcorn and sitting back in your favorite chair πŸ˜‚
      KSE is one of my favorite bands: so yes the soundtrack was pretty kick ass πŸ˜€

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  5. Resident Evil was actually the first horror video game I played hehe. It was scary as hell, but was a great game πŸ˜€
    As for this film, I’d have to agree with you. Despite the bad acting, its still very enjoyable and so, so creepy. Pretty sure Resident Evil has influenced a lot of my nightmares hehe πŸ˜€

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    1. It was the same for me (unless I am counting doom, which was more of a shooter than a horror game) It was great, and the only game to date that made me drop the controller from fright (remember that moment when the dogs jumped through the window? 😱😱).
      But yes, this was an okay film. Even though I enjoyed the first one more, this one also had it’s moments. Haha πŸ˜‚ Yeah, I think I had quite a few of those myself, especially when I played the game before I went to sleep πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      1. Oh my Glob, I remember that game. We got Doom for our first ever console (playstation 1). It was so much fun πŸ˜€
        And oh glob, those dogs in resident evil. That scene got me too.
        I’m skittish as hell, so that scene near took the heart of me. My heart near jumped out my chest hehe πŸ˜€

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      2. Haha: that is so awesome: I played Doom on PlayStation 1 as well. Talk about a coincidence.
        When…and those dogs though….haha…you were not the only one whose chest exploded with that scene lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      3. Haha, what an awesome coincident πŸ˜€
        I loved playing Doom. It was one of my fav games on Playstation 1 (along with a game consisting of a load of arcade games like Frogger, Galaga and Pac-Man and of course, tekken. It was awesome) πŸ˜€

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  6. Yeah I generally hear nothing but bad things about video game movies, and even though this doesn’t sound like the worst one out there, I’d definitely skip it cos of the bad acting and awful dialogue- that’s enough to scare me off- even without the creature with a bad suntan πŸ˜‰ Awesome review!

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    1. Haha: fair enough 😊😊 I have to agree that most videogame adaptations are horrible. There are a few exceptions luckily. This certainly was a fun film. But it’s definitely not for everyone and if you can’t stand bad dialogue and acting lol, this is definitely one that is best avoided 😊😊
      Thanks for the kind words πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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  7. Like you Michel, I too have the nostalgic bliss moments of playing the Resident Evil games. My favourite being the fourth with Leon Kennedy. It wasn’t the convential way of shooting zombies, rather they were deranged villagers but I liked the character development of it and I believe it was the fkrst time, in such a long series, the graphics of a first person shooter had come to surface in such a way. Everything about the story, Leons witful dialogues “where is everyone off to..bingo”? was a joy to see. But then it went a little overboard with the rest I felt. It became some form of Mission Impossible and the monsters kept getting bigger in an awfully crazy manner.

    My love for the zombie fuelled games had initially made me buy the box set awhile ago, but though it had its entertaining aspects and I admire the dedicated stunt works from Milla Jovovich, I could not understand her part as a character of the game since it didn’t seem to exsist. Perhaps if they had created Leon, Jill and Wesker more closely withna story adapted from the game it might have seemed fitting as the animated version – Resident Evil Degeneration and Damnation were quite superbly made.

    (Switches camera on )

    ” My name is Sonea. I was head of a secret high tech facitility called The Hive..but there was an incident..the virus escaped and everybody died..trouble was..they didn’t stay dead “. Now I’m explaining this on a site they call WordPress, I hope most can make it out alive.. and ofcourse I really enjoyed reading this post Michel “.

    Sincerely Sonea

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      1. Rest assured the W (wordpress) virus glitch , has not completely won yet. I didn’t receieve it initially, but I had checked manually since I saw a like and assumed you may have replied. Thank you very much for enjoying the read. It is a pleasure to make the effort where I can since my health is challenging I shall try as long as I can.

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  8. I so love reading your comments. You always put so much work in them, and I really enjoy reading them every time. The Resident Evil series really was so much fun to play. Some of my fondest gaming memories are from that series. I agree with part 4 being my favorite as well. It was actually one of the last games I (re)played before I quit gaming. It came out again as a HD Edition on Xbox, and it was still a lot of fun to play. Though I agree ot going overboard on the end.
    The movie adaptation, though silly fun, really were not even getting close to the feel of the games. As I said this one might just be the one that captures the spirit of the game in the best way, because of the characters and the story being close to Resident Evil 3. But true, the animated versions were much better.

    (Also switches camera on).

    “My name is Michel. I was head of a secret high tech facility called The Hive…..but there was an incident….somebody much more qualified than me, a woman called Sonea took over. And she did a much better job than me. That only shows even more because of this comment”

    Thanks so much…this was beautiful 😊😊

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    1. Aww, thank you so much…you are so sweet 😘😘❀️❀️
      It was a fun film, not one that will really rock your world so to speak, but it was entertaining enough 😊😊

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  9. I still remember how awed I was when I saw the first Resident Evil movie… I didn’t know anything about it because I never was, nor am, a player but I have been loving all the movies a lot… and I love Milla- total girl crush there πŸ˜€

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    1. I love the films as well. Sure they aren’t like Oscar winning films or anything like that, but they are mainly a lot of fun and very entertaining. And sometimes that is all you need 😊 And exactly: Milla is totally awesome! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Glad you enjoyed the movies too, thanks for your comment 😊😊

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  10. Wonderful review as always Michel! Love the honesty with the mention of the cringe-worthy stuff, bad acting and what not. But man, this one was definitely a nice guilty pleasure type of movie for me as well. Sort of sad that there’s that all-mighty curse on games turned into movies. Like the recent Assassin’s Creed movie… 😦

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    1. Yeah, it is sad. As much as the Resident Evil movies are guilty pleasures of me, they aren’t exactly what you would call amazing movies lol.
      I think to date I have seen only two really good game adaptations: Silent Hill, and Need for Speed. Oh well, who knows….maybe one day, someone will make a really, really good one…fingers crossed 😊 But in the meantime we have this…abd it’s alright I guess.
      Thank you again for the wonderful comment πŸ˜€

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  11. I appreciate the read here. I feel. That when they first show the nemesis, he is a titan, a massive beast, but by the end he is reduced to going through hand to hand combat with Alice. It would have been nice to see him transform throughout the film like in Resident Evil 3, however I agree that as far as video game films go, this is definitely one of the more entertaining ones.

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    1. Thank you so much 😊😊 I agree, it would really have been nice to see Nemesis evolving into the different forms he had in the games. But I think that would have required a bigger budget in all likelyhood lolπŸ˜‚ Still, as you say, it was definitely pretty entertaining. Thank you for your comment! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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  12. Reblogged this on amycaudill.net and commented:
    I may not be a gamer like Raistlin0903, who wrote this post, but I’m a big fan of female action heroes. In my opinion Milla Jovovich is one of the best out there today, not only for her long-running Resident Evil series, but starring roles in other films such as The Fifth Element and Ultraviolet. Milla will be next seen in her upcoming role as the lead villian in the Hellboy reboot. Whatever role she takes, this lady is known for using brains, martial arts moves, and bullets to demolish her opponents where they stand. Check her out at a theatre or RedBox near you.

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