On one level, Resident Evil: Apocalypse has little in common with its predecessor. Where the first film followed a team of para-military professionals through a brightly-lit underground lab filled with holograms and lethal laser beams, its sequel takes place largely outdoors and late at night, in a city laid waste by a virus that has turned most of its citizens into staggering zombies; and this time, the heroes are a ragtag bunch that include a journalist, a child, a handful of cops abandoned by their superiors, and, uh, whatever that woman played by Milla Jovovich is. Okay, so the two films have at least one thing in common.

But even Alice, the Jovovich character, seems like a brand new creation, and in some ways, she might very well be. The last time we saw her, she had just woken up in a lab and stumbled outside to discover that the streets and buildings were utterly empty, except for all the wrecked vehicles. The new film, which takes place in a city so overcrowded with the living dead that none of its streets stay empty for long, suggests early on that Alice did not wake up by accident, but was "activated" by the Umbrella Corporation, a typically evil conglomerate that specializes in "viral weaponry" and for which Alice once worked. What's more, subtle changes in Alice's body suggest she may not be fully human any more.

Then again, none of these characters are all that human, are they? Resident Evil is based on a series of video games, and it shows in such details as the impossibly tight and skimpy clothes that police officer Jill Valentine (Helen of Troy's Sienna Guillory) wears underneath her holsters, or the way that special-ops soldier Carlos Olivera (The Mummy's Oded Fehr) jumps into the fray from a helicopter with ...

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Our Rating
1½ Stars - Weak
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Mpaa Rating
R (for non-stop violence, language and some nudity)
Directed By
Alexander Witt
Run Time
1 hour 34 minutes
Cast
Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Thomas Kretschmann
Theatre Release
September 10, 2004 by Screen Gems
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