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Resident Evil - Apocalypse

Resident Evil - Apocalypse (2004)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 124
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 98

Resident Evil: Apocalypse has lots of action, but not much in terms of plot or creativity.

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Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 26

Resident Evil: Apocalypse has lots of action, but not much in terms of plot or creativity.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 405,818

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One of the only survivors of a man-made plague joins forces with a team of private warriors in a bid to save what's left of the Earth in this sequel to Resident Evil, the big-screen adaptation of the popular video game. Picking up where the first film left off, Resident Evil: Apocalypse finds Alice (Milla Jovovich) still battling the living dead who are overtaking Raccoon City, inoculated with an anti-virus by the nefarious and all-powerful Umbrella Corporation (in addition to the virus itself).

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Sep 4, 2007

$50.7M

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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (98) | DVD (33)

The heart plummets at the prospects for a follow-up.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Is it utopian to expect better of the next first-person shooter that comes to the screen?

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The undead are back to stumbling in the dark, sometimes even in blurry slo-mo, making the many packs of them about as terrifying as the mobs waiting for Matt and Katie outside the Today studio.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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This is efficient, soul-numbing moviemaking, diverting enough for blistering September afternoons when what's onscreen is secondary to how high they've cranked the air conditioning.

September 15, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Obviously padded, too long on action, and painfully short on irony.

September 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Resident Evil: Apocalypse accomplishes the odd feat of having several things going on at once yet never being terribly exciting.

September 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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proves it's not necessarily 'game over' for the video-game movie genre.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

By-the-numbers gory horror flick -- not for kids.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Loud, messy, senseless, pointless, and cheesy.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Milla Jovovich still deserves much of the credit for the film's short-term success.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This lamely scripted sequel based on the popular video game begins where the tense, gruesome original ended but is quite inferior.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Another underwhelming entry to another underwhelming franchise.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

The thing is Anderson and Witt cannot decide what to focus on.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is utterly shameless whereas its predecessor tried to play things with a straight face.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

A riveting, well-acted, above average example of the horror genre.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Comment (1)
Princeton Town Topics

Just because a film is about the undead, that doesn't mean the film itself has to feel like it was made by the undead or for the undead.

October 2, 2006
Christianity Today

Nothing short of pathetic.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Fans of the games will have fun spotting the Easter eggs on display, but precious little else. Indeed, the chief horror here is the cliffhanger promising a third instalment.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Un autre exemple navrant qui permet à une initiative déjà peu reluisante de se rapprocher un peu plus du fond du baril.

October 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Panorama

There are times when the film, just like the original, shows that it could be something more

July 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Rent an old Romero flick or hook up your Nintendo; either one will be cheaper and more satisfying.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Marks a departure from the original film in terms of structure, scope, and pacing. Considering that the original was actually watchable, this is not an entirely good thing.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
Freeze Dried Movies

An awful sequel to an awful film.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

RE2 is a dreary, incoherent mess of a movie, failing on almost every conceivable level.

November 9, 2004 Full Review | Comment (1)

[A film for] pre-brain Playstation 11-year-old American males ...

October 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

Audience Reviews for Resident Evil - Apocalypse

'Jill Valentine' and three other people are holed up in an abandoned church trying to escape the ever growing army of zombies within 'Raccoon City' (one of the stupidest names for a city ever!). They are in a battle against a group of 'Lickers' and almost out of ammo, things look bleak.

Suddenly a bright shines through the huge stained glass window...'Alice' blows through the glass mounted on top of a motorbike. She lands perfectly, informs the survivors to take cover and proceeds to blow away all the 'Lickers' one by one in an eye shattering display of slow motion action enough to give any fanboy a hard on. At this exact moment the franchise dies, this is where the 'Resi Evil' film franchise loses the gritty grown up 'Aliens' clone formula of the first film and enters the realm of hyper martial arts and lots and lots of slow motion action.

The character of 'Alice' has been experimented on since the last film, apparently, which now gives her superhuman strength, speed and agility. This in turn takes the character and the film into the world of 'The matrix' and absurd action set pieces.

Don't get me wrong the film isn't entirely bad, the atmosphere and visuals of the film are decent whilst the abandoned 'Raccoon City' is created very well. You do get a great sense of dread from the deserted city, it feels dangerous and eerie with a really nice dark tone.

The film is still pretty adult I must say, there is plenty of blood, some gore and quite a few jump in your seat moments. The general survival concept is along the same lines as the first film with a small band of people trying to escape the City, its a solid idea which works. The problem is the inclusion of 'Alice' who drags the film down utterly with her over the top macho invincibility.

The inclusion of 'Nemesis' was of course required by all Resi fans and he is faithfully created, amazingly, although a bit rubbery. Not being a fanboy myself I just don't get why the 'Umbrella Corp' would release this huge monster simply to kill the remaining 'S.T.A.R.S.' members. Was this some kind of field test? and the fact they planned to nuke the City wouldn't that somewhat negate their precious creation?. On top of that they make 'Alice' fight this big guy for no real reason other than to have an exciting finale fight in the film...oh and something about seeing who is stronger, err why???. All that work just to have him fight 'Alice'?!.

The problem as said before is quite simply the character of 'Alice' and the fact we have to follow her around from one superhero sequence to the next. On top of that you have the pathetic alpha female rivalry between 'Jill' and 'Alice' (and both actresses) as both compete for sexiest zombie killer. 'Jill' wins purely down to her ridiculously skimpy outfit which is obviously in there just for the teen male audience. Because of course most special unit cops wear tight hot pants and a tight vest when in terror situations...wait this is a serious film?.

Its a brave attempt which literately just keeps its head above the waves and manages to be a reasonable film. Shame about all the slow motion crap but this is what happens when Jovovich is in a film. The film is basically let down by stupid action sequences which vomit on your suspension of disbelief, had these bits been more sensible or relatively realistic then the film could have been pretty solid.
February 16, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

The first film in the franchise was a pretty good horror film, one that made zombie films fun and entertaining. Obviously a sequel was going to be made, and we got Resident Evil: Apocalypse, which is a disappointing feature that had the potential of being so much more. The first Resident Evil film, I thought it had a lot of rousing action, terrifying scares, decent acting, and it was a bloody good time. But Resident Evil: Apocalypse does not really deliver the bite of the original, the film starts well enough, but after 20 minutes you're left scratching your head if this is really a good/bad movie. I felt it was a mess, and there were no redeeming qualities to make this one really worth seeing. This was a sloppy effort, one that failed to deliver the effective action from the first, while the action scenes were simply ridiculous and laughable. The plot was poorly crafted as well, and it just ended up falling flat most of the time. This film was simply put, a dud, a movie with no care for crafting something exciting, worth seeing or memorable for that matter. Fans of the first movie may be disappointed by this one, and it's more of a chore to watch this one as it is amusing. In terms of mindless thrills, this one just doesn't cut it. Everything feels forced with no care about constructing great action scenes that are spectacular. Resident Evil: Apocalypse is just a lazy film that had a good start and ultimately a poor finish that left a lot to be desired. This film was one of the first lacking entries in the series and you realize that this entry could have been much better than what it turned out to be. The biggest problem with the film is that there were things that worked, but things that didn't and it just ended being a lacking effort overall.
December 20, 2012
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

three and a half
November 29, 2012
YodaMasterJedi
MisterYoda ?

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Of the four "Resident Evil" movies this and the third installment rank the best, and the first and fourth aren't nearly as good. "Resident Evil Apocalypse" works best when it is a zombie movie, and then becomes ridiculous when it becomes like a mutation type horror movie(which is a problem for each movie). This picks up right where number 1 leaves off. Alice(Milla Jovovich) has awaken to find Raccoon City completely overrun with people infected with the T Virus(their zombies basically.) The Umbrella corporation isn't allowing people to leave. Alice meets up with a group people and try to escape by helping a scientist find his daughter. From there it becomes an action movie featuring a mutated zombie called Nemesis, which I didn't care for at all, but it's still better than the first film. The effects and action are good, and the story is just "meh". If you like the series, the games, or zombie movies then you should check it out. But, there are still many better movies out there, but there is worse(like the first movie).
September 2, 2012
Everett Johnson

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    1. Jill Valentine: [meeting Alice for the first time] Who the fuck are you?
    – Submitted by Natalie F (17 months ago)
    1. L.J.: GTA motherfucker! Yeah 10 points!
    – Submitted by Charlie D (17 months ago)
    1. Dr. Charles Ashford: You do what you want, I'm staying!
    – Submitted by Charlie D (18 months ago)
    1. Nemesis: S.T.A.R.S.
    – Submitted by Charlie D (18 months ago)
    1. Alice: Wait, there's something down there.
    2. Sgt. Peyton Wells: I don't see anything.
    3. Alice: That doesn't alter the fact that there *is* something down there.
    – Submitted by Joshua C (2 years ago)
    1. Alice: I'm sorry. That's just the way it is.
    – Submitted by Christian Paul B (2 years ago)
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