Thankfully, they realized the error of their ways and took care of that little snag right at the beginning of the movie with a sequence that would not look out of place in the Matrix trilogy or Akira. What follows after is a plot that I can actually admit to living up to the games’ premise though that too comes with a mixed bag of sentiments from me. Basically the main character finds herself on a search for other survivors as well as the mysterious sanctuary, Arcadia. She flies in where the survivors from the previous movie were supposed to have landed but discovers the location to be a desolate graveyard of planes. Finding a lone survivor suffering from amnesia, she makes way with her new companion in tow for Los Angeles where they find another group of survivors holed up in a prison complex as well as the mysterious Arcadia. Going through the usual survivor horror movie clichés, we are shown scenes of some of the survivors making it to Arcadia only to discover that Arcadia is not the sanctuary that it made itself out to be. They then have a last boss fight there, one that’s surprisingly faithful to the source material, after which the movie ends on a cliffhanger that just made me groan. There’s also a bonus scene halfway through the credits that made me wonder if they actually expected it to make us want to see the next movie even more.
As you can probably tell, I don’t think very highly of this movie and its series overall. The characters barely have any personality at all and are all just trying way too hard to be cool. The main character in particular is very guilty of this. She kills zombies on a daily basis and is a total badass by anyone’s standards but she walks and talks like a noob trying to be all that. Her actor really isn’t very convincing at this role. Even the Redfield siblings looked more badass than she did when she wasn’t performing stunts. The black guy had a similar vibe to him but I think the trope subversion he pulled off was amusing enough to like him. Not only was he the last of the cannon fodder to get taken away by the zombies, he was the only one to survive and show in a scene near the end.
I do have to admit one thing though, I was very impressed with the special effects they put into the movie. My eyes just popped wide open when the energy explosion just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Then the bubble imploded and I let out a low a whistle as it left gigantic hole in the middle of an apocalyptic Tokyo. The slow motion sequences they littered about throughout the entire movie however did not. Not only did they fail to make the action scenes any more exciting or enjoyable, they actually made them look completely silly.
All in all, I’d have to say it was a halfway decent movie. However, if you’re not like me and you don’t analyse the movie as you watch it then you can take the previous sentence and leave out the halfway part. For those of you who are still on the fence about seeing this movie, feel free to check out the list of holes I’ve found in the movie that I’ve hidden in the spoiler box below. Lastly, don’t expect a rocket launcher in the last boss fight. Apparently it was so faithful to the RE5’s last boss battle that I’m still doubting what my said about it not finishing up with a rocket launcher like in the prequels.
List of Holes
- Why does Umbrella keep two snipers on guard outside of a nigh impenetrable underground zombie proof fortress?
- If all the clones could do that super psycho blast then why didn’t they?
- Alice is human so why does she live through the helicopter crash?
- How did Claire survive brainwashed and drugged up for six months?
- Why is there a prison in the middle of the city? Maybe not exactly in just the movie but who’d put a prison in the middle of a city in real life?
- Why could that Mexican guy move those big wood boxes filled with stuff in them but struggle so much with an upside down drum barrel that looked empty?
- Why did most of the survivors look nice and clean when Alice met them?
- Guns don’t fire properly when wet. They shouldn’t have worked after having been in the water so long.
- Why did Chris and Alice only take small arms with them out of the armory? There were plenty of automatic rifles and grenades in there and he had an army backpack that should have had enough space to store a couple at least.
- Alice detonated a portion of the building she bungied off. Judging from the camera angle, the other end of the bungee cord should have gone with it.
- Why didn’t Alice just go with the rest down the elevator? The zombies couldn’t have followed them down the elevator shaft even if she wasn’t gunning them down outside.
- Those coin-powered sawed-off shotguns couldn’t have fit that many coins in there. They shouldn’t have fired like that either.
- Bennet crashed the plane in a nose dive and got out pretty much unscathed. The deck was level enough for him to at least try and make a safer landing.
- Where exactly did the people in the bloodied capsules go? There was a fresh trail of blood on the floor. For that matter, why didn’t any of the heroes see a bright crimson trail of red in an entirely white hall if they didn’t go missing in front of them?
- Why don’t the heroes suspect the possibility of the people they rescued being zombies after seeing the bloodied capsules?
- Why didn’t any blood ooze out from under Wesker when Chris and Claire were shooting him?
- Wesker’s clothes are repaired and clean in his final scene. He was just shot repeatedly in the chest just minutes before.
- Why would umbrella make a self destruct mechanism you can DETACH from the place to be exploded?