I’m one of the few people who have actually wrung some enjoyment out of the live-action Resident Evil films, but ever since the third movie they’ve only managed to get progressively worse. The latest installment, Retribution, managed to set the bar almost impressively low. It’s really too bad, because there’s a genuinely interesting fiction for Hollywood to mine, but instead we’re stuck with the same old cheesefest, complete with way too many slow motion sequences, terrible acting, laughable dialogue, and a comical mistreatment of the franchise characters. Thankfully, when it comes to the silver screen, there’s still hope left (just ignore what Resident Evil 6’s advertising tells you).
That’s where the second feature-length CGI film Damnation enters the ring, and I can guaran-damn-tee you this is the best Resident Evil movie we’ve seen, and are likely to see for some time. Check out the trailer after the break.
Damnation isn’t a perfect film, but what it does manage to get right is focus on some of the series’ more interesting characters and relationships — more specifically the complicated one between Leon and Ada — offer a compelling story, and look gorgeous while it does all that. If this sounds like your cup ‘o tea, I recommend checking it out. Resident Evil: Damnation is available now on DVD and Blu-ray, or digitally on Xbox Live, PSN, iTunes, and a slew of other providers you’re likely to find on the official website.
Oh, and if you still need convincing, at one point in the movie a Tyrant grabs a Licker by the head and crushes its skull. That’s worth the price of admission right there.
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