Judge David Johnson is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.
When terror crawls, evil is unleashed.
I have a love/hate relationship with the live-action Resident Evil movies. I love to leave the living room and eat cheese and crackers when they come on, because I hate them so much. Can Capcom's big-time video game franchise find success in the world of feature-length animation?
Facts of the Case
American Special Agent Leon S. Kennedy arrives in a turbulent Eastern European country to investigate the possible use of outlawed biological weapons. It's not soon after he drops in that his backup evaporates and he's on his own, battling a horde of zombie-like creatures afflicted with the Las Plagas parasite, an organism that compels its hosts to spout all manner of disgusting fluid. As Leon digs into the mystery behind the parasite's release, he becomes embroiled in the political firestorm engulfing the country and reluctantly teams up with the rebel faction which just might be the source of all this insanity to begin with.
In my humble opinion, Resident Evil 4 is still the greatest video game ever made. So when I saw Resident Evil: Damnation featured that game's main character and utilized Las Plagas as the primary plot device, my hopes for a positive viewing experience ticked up a few notches.
In actuality, the film isn't half bad. It's too long and the dialogue is uniformly terrible, but the counterweight to this mediocrity is some exquisite animation, a solid amount of R-rated action/gore, and a handful of genuinely exciting moments.
Let's start with the bad news…
Less Talking, More Evil
Now the good news…
A Tank, Right in Your Stupid Face
So there you have it, a better-than-okay horror actioner with enough mythology to appeal to fans of the series. Plus! Paul W.S. Anderson has nothing to do with this.
The DVD: standard def 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 5.1 Surround in five different languages, two featurettes (on the Las Plagas and the making-of), a gag reel (!), and some Capcom game trailers.
Lots of bloodletting, cornball prose, and an incoherent mythology. Check it out!
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