Resident Evil: Apocalypse (R) 2004
Run Time: 94min
Director: Alexander Witt
Starring: Milla Jovovich
DVD Release: 2004
This film has received a number of terrible reviews. Roger Ebert actively despises it. I however, oppose the notion that the film is without merit, as I found it to be entertaining, somewhat creepy, and full of great special effects. Which in my mind, is everything one should expect from a zombie movie based on a video game. Is it full of mindless violence? Absolutely. Must one maintain an aura of rational disbelief for the premise to obtain? More than likely, although this is certainly dependent upon said viewer�s age, level of intelligence, or other measures of gullibility. Is watching a scantily clad Milla Jovovich run down the side of a large building after dispatching a horde of zombies with well-placed headshots cool? I tend to believe so. And if that sort of thing interests you, I predict that you will enjoy the movie as well.
The film moves along at a brisk pace and ends with a thermonuclear detonation. I really couldn�t ask for more, but the special features included on the two-disc special edition are plentiful and well crafted. A series of featurettes detailing the stunts and special effects are intriguing and worth watching. [Mathew Brady]