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Sick Of All The Sh*tty Live-Action ‘Resident Evil’ Flicks? Then Check Out ‘Damnation’

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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  • Marty McFly

    FUCK YES! THE HEADLINE SAYS IT ALL! Those fucking live action garbage attempts of a movie are so stupid, they don’t even realize they’re in the wrong genre! They’re supposed to horror movies, not super slow motion running down buildings and flipping twenty times through the air and all kinds of crazy matrix shit…. that fucking director paul w anderson can burn in hell for ruining the only hope for a decent live action RE series…. oh well, Degeneration was awesome and Damnation blew it out of the water.

    • Mr.Mirage

      Oh, just give it a couple of years and someone will come along and do a “gritty reboot,” and everyone will bitch about how the originals were all “camp classics.” If you need proof, check out the responses to Total Recall. It will happen, man, I just know it…

      So long as somewhere the Eyes Of Milla are present, I won’t care one way of the other.

      I will be getting this DVD, of course. Hell, I have all of the others and the two tomandadny soundtracks, why not?

      • divisionbell

        This is actually one series that DOES need a reboot. The original game is still an excellent story, and if they did it correctly it could be a brilliant horror film! The current series is fucking tragic, but a real director could make an amazing film out of the original story.

  • weresmurf

    Degeneration was uneven but overall very good, it was just like the videogames, I really liked it a lot. Overall I gave it a 7.5 out of 10. This looks insanely good. Definitely checking it out!!!

  • djblack1313

    in DAMNATION Ada has a fight that is EXACTLY (pretty much) like one of the slow mo sequences you guys are bashing the live action movies for having. just sayin’. it’s actually a really good kick ass fight IMO.

    i thought DEGENERATION was just ok. DAMNATION was VERY good! it’s a tiny bit slow in the beginning but once the Ada fight happens it picks up from there and it’s awesome! i wasn’t sure what creatures, if any, were in this (besides the lickers) and i was VERY surprised with what they had in the movie. this movie is SO SO SO much better than DEGEN.

  • EvilHead1981

    I don’t like the movement/mannerisms. It too Japanese for my taste. It’s alright for, say, anime, but if you’re trying to make non-Japanese characters, get someone western to oversee the motion capture/gesture animations. When Leon says, “If you don’t stop messing around with that thing…”, the way his head moves totally reeks of Japanese soap opera style. It’s like he’s really saying, “Hey Ichigo, better lay off Kaede or Mr. Yamanagi will put a hit on you!”.

  • Marty McFly

    Okay, BRAH! First of all, you’re a dumbass. That shit you call “music” that you created is nothing but computerized beats that have programmed into a computer. Wow. You pressed a couple keys, congratulations. Trying actually writings a fucking song with lyrics that have heart and meaning to them, learn how to play a REAL instrument like a guitar, drum or anything, and appreciate something called a BAND. A BAND! It is a group of people making music together. They have what is called talent, which you do not have. I could sit on a fucking computer and mix a bunch of stupid beeping noises too if I was as lazy as you. Green Day isn’t even close to one of my favorite bands, I just respect them a lot because they helped create the punk scene of the 90s. They have what is called “musical ability” its where you can pick up something known as a “musical instrument” and play something called “music” not sit at a computer like a drone.

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  • ThunderDragoon

    It’s out already? Damn, time went by fast! I need to buy this as soon as possible.

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