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Movie Review

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

MPAA Rating: R for non-stop violence, language and some nudity

Reviewed by: Vicki Ross

Very Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Action Sci-Fi Suspense Horror
1 hr. 34 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
September 10, 2004
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Featuring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Mike Epps, Oded Fehr, Jared Harris
Director: Alexander Witt
Producer: Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Samuel Hadida, Bernd Eichinger, Don Carmody
Distributor: Sony Pictures

“My name is Alice, and I remember everything.”

Films in this series:
Resident Evil” (2002)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004)
Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007)
Resident Evil: Afterlife” (2010)
Resident Evil: Retribution” (2012)

“Resident Evil: Apocalypse” picks up where “Resident Evil” ended—with Alice (Milla Jovovich) wandering the streets of Raccoon City. Alice teams up with Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) and Peyton Wells (Razaaq Adoti), who have been locked inside Raccoon City due to the outbreak of the T-virus. Angela Ashford (Sophie Vavasseur), daughter of Dr. Ashford (Jared Harris), is missing; Dr. Ashford offers Alice and team escape from the city if they will find Angela and bring her safely to him.

The action in this movie switches back and forth between Alice and the S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Services) team members Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) and Nicholai Sokolov (Zack Ward). Alice is being hunted by a moaning monster named Nemesis. The S.T.A.R.S. members are searching for survivors and eliminating anyone infected with the virus (or becoming infected themselves).

This action-packed movie is loaded with violence, much profanity (mostly the “f” word—at least 14 occurrences), mild nudity and profane use of the Lord’s name.

“Resident Evil: Apocalypse,” though entertaining, does have its flaws, including some bad camera work during fight scenes and bad casting choices (Sienna Guillory and Mike Epps)—though expected since the movie is all about the action—and excessive profanity.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild

Read our review of the previous Resident Evil movie (2002) and the Resident Evil” game

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—If you have seen the first movie, then you will know it’s not a movie for children, but I would let my teenage children watch it. There is no sex scenes, and it is just violence against zombies. If you like movies with fighting action and killing you will like this movie.
My Ratings: [Better than Average/4]
—Jon Zoaner, age 32
Positive—…This movie was great, and I really thought it was fun. Excellent movie to go on a date to see.
My Ratings: [Better than Average/4½]
—Christina, age 19
Positive—I think that this was a great movie for adults and children over 17… I think that the acting was very good and the fight scenes looked very realistic… I give it a two thumbs up!
My Ratings: [Good/5]
—Sam, age 36

Comments from young people
Positive—“Resident Evil: Apocalypse” was, so far, the best action movie of the year in my mind. From beginning to end there was non-stop action and adventure. The first “Resident Evil” was a good movie with well done special affects and good acting, with some action mixed in. The second “Resident Evil” was much better with much more action, but the acting was terrible, but the special affects made up for that.

Even though I really enjoyed this movie, there is some objectional content. Throughout the movie there is non-stop violence and blood/gore. The zombies are shown mutating into zombies and then people shooting them with guns and much blood is spilled. Zombies bite people and zombie dogs tear people apart, which is shown. There is only one extremely graphic violent part which I will not mention here. The language is not that bad, with only about 10 uses of the “f” word and a couple other profanities. There was some nudity in this movie as well. When the zombies mutated you see them shredding there clothes, and then you see two female zombies who are naked but covered with something, although you can still tell they have nothing on.

Despite the objectional content, this movie was great for people who liked the first movie, which you should see first before you see this one, or for people who like non-stop action violence like I do.
My Ratings: [Average/4½]
—Jordan, age 17
Neutral—I really liked this movie. I’ve played all of the “Resident Evil” games, and there’s nothing wrong in them. The first “Resident Evil” movie didn’t show much nudity… In this movie, however, there are two scenes of nudity. One involves two zombie prostitutes that you see walking up to an African American named L.J. after he wrecks googling at them. Another scene involves Alice in a tank where you see her part of chest but not from the front. Overall, the nudity isn’t overly exaggerated, just a little more than the first one. The good thing about the nudity scenes is that none of them are sexually brought on. Throughout the movie there are no sexual comments or sex scenes like in the first movie, so that’s good. I’d have to say that use of the F-word has been used ten more times than the original movie. Still not as much as the average.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive/4]
—Aaron Ploof, age 16
Movie Critics
…Mindless “Resident Evil” sequel once again dredges up video-game garbage…
—Ed Blank, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
…an utterly meaningless waste of time…
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
…Rapid-fire action… a straight zombie apocalypse rooted in a satire of unchecked corporate arrogance…
—Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
…lacks decent zombie action…
—John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press