Resident Evil: Apocalypse Review

The first Resident Evil film did not adapt the first game at all, in terms of the characters present, as well as the story. Resident Evil: Apocalypse, however, manages to do almost everything right, in both an amazing adaptation, and a supeb sequel that is miles ahead of the first.  

Unfortuently, Alice is back. But on the bright side, Jill Valentine has stepped in to challenge the super-powered Alice. Not in a direct conflict, as Alice and Jill are clearly on the same side in this film, but it's nice to see the film makers ability to bring in a such an A-list Resident Evil star like Jill Valentine, give her a large role, and not have to push their own creation to the side. Sure, I don't like Alice, but it's clear the film makers do, so for her to be able to stand toe to toe with the great Jill Valentine is an amazing accomplishment. The first film didn't try to adapt the first game's storyline at all, but this time around, the developers put in a great deal of work to make this one feel as close to the specific game their adapting as possible. This time, the game they are adapting, is Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. And, yay, Jill, Carlos and the Nemesis all make big star debuts. 

Resident Evil: Apocalypse brings in Jill Valentine in in a large role, while commanding most of the screen time, and being adapted perfectly. Props to Sienna Guillory for playing Jill right. Not all adapted characters are treated equal, however. Carlos Oliveira appears as Carlos Olivera... and is royally miscast. Whoever casted this move did a great job at picking an actress perfect for the high caliber role of Jill Valentine, but Carlos does not get the same star treatment. He is played by someone who looks twenty years older than he should, as well as being the wrong nationality. Other game characters to make an appearence include Nicholai Ginoveaf, who is also terribly miscast. Nicholai is not only a good guy in this movie, he's much younger than he should be, and although retaining his Russian accent, looks and acts nothing like the game character. And of course, you can't have an adaptation of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, without Nemesis now can you. 

While Nicholai and Carlos may have not gotten the right treatment, like Jill, Nemesis surely did. I guess it's okay for Carlos and Nicholai to be a little off. They aren't nearly as big of the stars in the Resident Evil universe as Jill and Nemesis. Nemesis, like the dogs and Lickers in this film, are treated with much respect. The film provides Nemesis with a little bit of a back story, however, that I'm not sure I'm comfortable with. In the game universe, Nemesis is assumed to just be another Tyrant, albeit, much more advanced. In this film, he is confirmed to be Matt Addison, the other survivor of the events of the first film. At the end of the first film, he is taken away by Umbrella scientists, and put in to "The Nemesis Program". It's not that much of a problem, though, until the end of the film, where because of this, Nemesis is given a conscience, and fights alongside Alice, Carlos and Jill against the Umbrella soldiers. And in the film, unlike the game, Alice is the one who fights Nemesis at the end, not Jill. I guess that whole thing I said before about Alice not taking over the film was a little too quick for judgment.  

The film ends the same way the game ends, with a missile destroying what once was Raccoon City. How the missile is launched is also changed for the film. In the game, the U.S. Government launches the missile in the hopes of destroying the virus before it spreads any further. In the movie, it is Umbrella who destroys the city, in their attempt to cover up their misdeeds. Also, unlike the game, Umbrella gets away with their involvement with the downfall of Raccoon City, and Jill and Carlos are pinned as the criminals. The film is a just good enough adaptation of Resident Evil 3, without changing the overall story. It's the little things that were changed that keep this film from true greatness.  


                                                                                             out of 5
                                                  Adaptation Value - 4.4 out of 5
Movie Value - 4.2 out of 5
                                        Story - 3.8 out of 5
                                        Direction - 2.3 out of 5
                                        2nd Viewing - 3.6 out of 5 
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