Resident Evil: Apocalypse

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

Based on the popular video-game series, this sci-fi horror sequel picks up where the original Resident Evil left off. Alice (Milla Jovovich) finds herself in the middle of yet another undead nightmare brought on by the genetic meddling of the Umbrella Corporation. After successfully sealing the deadly, zombie-creating T-virus in the Hive a high-tech genetics laboratory under Raccoon City Alice hoped her troubles were over. But to investigate what went wrong, the Corporation decides to re-open the Hive, setting loose mutants, zombies and other hideous and horrific creatures in Raccoon City. And even more disturbing, the T-virus is allowed to spread. Now Alice and fellow survivors like Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) and Carlos Oliviera (Oded Fehr) must find a way to escape the zombies and contain the virus before it destroys Raccoon City and the world beyond.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse continues in the same thematic vein as its predecessor. The evil Umbrella Corporation is more interested in results than in ethical standards. For the Corporation, people are expendable resources and nothing is sacred, so anything goes. They create monsters, destroy lives and think of it as a neat experiment. Meanwhile people with principles like Alice and the band of survivors must fight against the demands and tactics of the oppressive Corporation. The film sets up a simplistic battle between good and evil. It also deals with other issues, the most prominent being genetics and the manipulation of life. But ultimately, all of the other features of Resident Evil are swallowed up by the nonstop, graphic violence, gore and horror that characterize the film. Apocalypse then adds brief nudity and objectionable language to the mix, sending it far into the negative acceptability zone.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Screen Gems

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (4) times mild (hell 1, damn 1); strong (b-tch 1, SOB 1)

Obscene Language: Many (25) times strong (f-word 13, s-word 12)

Profanity: Few (3) times moderate (OMG 1); strong (J 2)

Violence: Many times moderate (constant hand-to-hand combat and gun battles with zombies and other undead creatures, woman breaks finger, creature impaled, creatures destroyed by explosions, etc.); strong (severe and horrific zombie bites, zombies repeatedly shot in body and head, zombies mob attack and kill several people, people attacked by mutant creatures, man shot by another man in cold blood)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times mild (woman wearing hospital sheet with breasts partially exposed from side); moderate (female zombies shown with exposed breasts, woman shown in a laboratory with breasts exposed)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times mild (use of cigarettes)

Other: References to genetic manipulation and biological warfare, continued themes from first film related to the threats of unethical or unwise use of science and technology, reference to evolution

Running Time: 93 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults and youths; video game enthusiasts

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