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Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse - Preview



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 the T-virus.

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 lame reviews.

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, tanked.

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.

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