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"Resident Evil: Apocalypse"



``Resident Evil"... meaningless mayhem

INCOHERENT AND confusing one wonders why it got made in the first place. It probably is fine as a video game, but as a film it just does not go anywhere. It is the second in the series of `Resident Evil' video games and it is quite awful.

The place where the carnage takes place is Raccoon City, a typical metropolis. Lurking beneath this semblance of normalcy is a beehive of sinister activities of a huge conglomerate called the Umbrella Corp. They have spawned a bio-weapon that infects all living things and makes them flesh-eating zombies and all the military squads in the world cannot seem to contain them. Many soldiers perish and a few survive - like Alice Milla Jovovich. Alice has been used as a guinea pig in the experiment to create a creature far superior and stronger than anything ever imaginable. But then she remembers who the wrong doers are and is ready to set things right. She is joined in her war by Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) a demoted member of the Umbrella group's special tactics and rescue services, who manages to dispatch her victims with great ease.

There is also Carlos Oliveira (Oded Fehr) who is part of the rescue services. This small group not only needs to contend with the flesh-eating `undead' but also snarling blood-soaked Dobermans.

They also have to pass the bridge to safety before the sealed city is sanitised by a nuclear bomb. And the only person who can help them to safety is the handicapped Dr. Charles Ashford (Jared Harris). But there is a condition. They must find and rescue his daughter Angie Ashford (Sophie Vavasseur) trapped in her school and take her along with them.

The horrible mastermind behind all this is Major Cain who is very proud of what he can achieve. Which is a genetically-altered Alice and worse, a bio hazard called Nemesis, a clomping, chomping, gun-toting creature that seems indestructible.

In the end this Nemesis turns out to be one for the bad guys, which is probably the only thing one will understand after it is all over.

Most of the movie is in darkness with mayhem and plenty of shoot-outs.

Director Alexander Witt uses all the techniques that will keep you puzzled and trying to figure out what exactly is going on. Indecipherable night scenes with slow motion shots, blurry images and lots of lightening flashes. Not very interesting unless one considers watching babes in skimpy clothes play macho and tough!

CHITRA MAHESH

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