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 Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse
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 Date Posted
   5th October, 2004
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Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Mike Epps
Director: Alexander Witt

Movies based on video games, unlike the successful comic book adaptations of late, have long been the stigma of the cinema world. The 'Tomb Raider' series made for fanciful, light hearted watching but was ridiculed by long time fans of the game and most movie critics alike. But Lara Croft's adventures, it seems, will apparently remain the pinnacle for films of this decidedly tasteless genre, for Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the sequel to the briskly entertaining original from a couple of years ago, is probably the most dreary, worthless, irrelevant and doltish film that cinemagoers have ever set their eyes on in a long while.

The experience of sitting through this noisy, structurally incoherent waste of precious screen time consisted of a mix of random sequences of slovenly shot action and loud jumpy frights, the overall effect seeming to be that of viewing arbitrarily shot montages that never cling. There were many shots of leggy, scantily clad females doing improbable stunts and firing away at zombies put together with such negligence of logic that it became almost natural to feel uninvolved with the story.

As abhorrent as the movie is to watch, it is still harder to write about, for in the absence of plot, absurdity ensues with careless abandon. The introduction is set immediately after the events of the first film where Alice (Milla Jovovich) finds herself in a nearly abandoned Raccoon city with the effect of the virus that infected the secret underground facility making its impact on the surface, resulting in a large proportion of the population turning into zombies and walking like drunken teens after a long night out. She meets a bunch of other survivors who include trigger happy cop Jill Valentine, a news reporter and a girl, whose father is safe outside the city and wants her to be evacuated by Alice. Preventing this from happening is the presence of Nemesis, a large, dough faced super zombie with a rocket launcher placed on his shoulder and unusually accurate aim (think Robocop, after he's been soaked in oil and rolled in mud). Dough face is apparently Matt, who you may or may not remember as the other survivor from the end of the first 'Resident evil'. But who cares.

Ridiculously laughable performances and many plot turns later, and just when you think things couldn't possibly get any worse, there is towards the end, a fist fight between dough face and Alice, who bout in an attempt to determine which of them has transformed into a more successful lab product! With not an iota of worthiness in this pile of pooh but lots to make even the most novice of watchers cringe with despair, I'm left with only one way to say this: avoid at all costs. - Faizan Rashid

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