Preview by: Jack Foley
COMPUTER game fans will, no doubt, be looking forward to the
next cinema instalment in the Resident
Evil series - even though everyone else may not.
The first film was hardly a classic, but it did take a respectable
$40 million at the US Box Office, in 2002, paving the way, I guess,
for the inevitable sequel.
Hence, US audiences are about to be offered Resident Evil: Apocalypse,
which finds Alice (Milla Jovovich) after she has escaped from
the Raccoon City Medical Facility in order to find a way to defeat
However, while scouring the streets of the ruined city, looking
for survivors, she must confront an army of zombies, as well as
a creature named Nemesis, which provides plenty of gruesome confrontations.
The original Resident Evil was directed by Paul WS Anderson,
a veteran of the computer game to film crossover.
For the sequel, however, he has been
content to provide screenwriting duties, passing the directorial
reigns to first-timer, Alexander Witt.
Anderson, you see, has been busy delivering another computer
game to film variation - namely the recently-released Alien
Vs Predator, which once again hit the number one spot, despite
Needless to say, however, Anderson and co will be hoping to surpass
the Box Office takings of the original, and not fall into the
same trap as the Lara Croft series - which began strongly and
ended up flopping.
According to movie website, Movies.com, the Lara Croft original,
Tomb Raider, made $131 million,
while its sequel, Cradle of Life,
Joining the cast this time around are the likes of Oded Fehr,
Sienna Guillory, and Jared Harris, while the trailer boasts plenty
of zombies and explosions, making this a sure-fire blood-fest
for the gamers among you.
For the remainder of cinema-goers, however, it could just prove
a splatter-fest too far.
It remains to be seen what the US critics will make of it. The
film reaches the UK on October 8.