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Resident Evil: Apocalypse SE

Alice (Jovovich) wakes up in the laboratory in Raccoon city where the scientists from the Umbrella Corporation brought her after she escaped the horror from the Hive, the underground lab where the T-virus escaped and turned everyone into living dead. Pretty quickly, Alice manages to hook up with the remaining survivors and with the help of Dr.Ashford, creator of the T-virus, who’s daughter accidentally got left behind in Raccoon City, they start looking for a way to escape before the Umbrella Corporation nukes the city in order to stop the virus.

However, before Umbrella does this, they awaken Nemesis, the latest result of their experiments with the T-virus, to see what he’s capable of. Now, the survivors not only have to take care of the living dead and the virus, but also have to stay away from certain death by the monstrous Nemesis…

Sound and Vision:
The image quality is very nice with plenty of detail and sharp image and although there are a lot of very dark scenes, you never get a hard time to see what’s going on. Quite good !

The DTS track we checked out was a bit disappointing actually. The reason for this being that during the heavy action scenes, it was clear that the detail gets lost and the track even seems to get oversteered. The effects fly towards you at full force while the music tends to stay in the background and at times this suddenly changes with the music coming up again while the effects go towards the background, something that creates a very confusing soundtrack.

Extras:
– Game Over: Resident Evil Reanimated: a couple of extras that cover the making of the movie
– Corporate Malfeasance: info on The Umbrella Corporation
– Game Babes
– Symphony of Evil
– Behind-the-scenes
– Gag Reel
– Deleted Scenes
– Trailers

Conclusion:
Resident Evil: Apocalypse has 2 female protagonists. While Alice is the lean mean fighting machine from the first movie (and tougher than ever) we also get to see the latest character from the videogames, pushed away STARS agent, Jill Valentine, who very much reminds us of Lara Croft. The storyline is quite simple, everyone left alive tries to escape while Umbrella couldn’t care less but of course that’s not why one checks out a movie like Resident Evil: Apocalypse, we want action and horror. However, on the horror part, we’re a bit left alone seeing that the zombies are not even half as scary as in the first movie (the director tries to make them look bad by giving them some slow-motion effects???) and the scene with the infected dogs which we know all too well and loved from episode 1 gets repeated but a lot less spiffy. So we’re left with an action packed movie where we get introduced to a new female character in the form of Lara Croft look-alike Jill Valentine and a new arch enemy Nemesis (who does look cool). The movie isn’t really bad, but doesn’t stand up to the original. As usual we get bigger explosions, bigger fights, more action, and less compelling thrills.

The technical side of things isn’t all great either. Ok, the image quality nears perfection, but the DTS track has a real problem with knowing what it wants. During one action scene, you can hear the music going harder and softer while the sound effects do the same in the opposite direction and loosing focus. Luckily, this doesn’t affect the dialogues that come through crystal clear at all times. The extras that are located on the second disc are quite interesting and cover most of the things you need to know about how the movie was made.

Our Score:
6.0

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