Monday, December 08, 2008

Resident Evil: Degeneration (Animated Action 2008)

A few months back, teasers for this movie were released to the Internet. It actually looked pretty good considering that it was all CG, but one thing was very fishily familiar with the style...

I'm not sure where the plot of this movie fit in with the whole Resident Evil storyline. There've been 3 movies and countless video games, but some of the characters in this were definitely from the video games.

The mystery surrounding the familiarity of the film lies in how the animation melded with the storyline. It's not as much a mystery as a lightbulb going off. All this movie is, is if someone made cinematics for a video game, but combined all the CG into a standalone, without the video game part. It would be something that I have always wished that Square Enix would do with the Final Fantasy series. Screw the video game and put together a CG movie. Resident Evil is, of course, many notches behind the story of any Final Fantasy game, and it clearly shows in this film. Although the animation and action was pretty good, the plot, characters, and overall drama was unconvincing and lifeless. I'm sure it has something to do with the lack of realistic facial expressions. It's probably a hard thing to do on a computer.

If you're a fan of the movies or video games, then it's worth a one-time watch. If you're not, I doubt you'll be impressed.
Rating - C