Damnation or Retribution!?
Resident Evil - Damnation review
2nd October 2012
Well, lets get one thing out of the way first - game-based movies do good when the developers of the game are closely involved and this movie proves it. The story follows Leon's prospective who arrives in an Eastern European country only to told to pull out. Leon declines, finds the team he was going to regroup with slaughtered and realises that rebels revolting against the country's presidential rule is using BOWs.
The good - character models look less plastic-y and more natural. There is humour and Leon's has some witty one-liners at his disposal. The action sequences are solid ranging from guns to melee weapons and its brutal. Impaling enemies is on the list here. VO (Voice Overs) are also convincing and animation is fluid. Ada Wong makes an appearance which is nice and ties well with the RE universe.
The bad - this is not a perfect movie. There are some lip-syncing issues. Leon's VO actor is as same as the forth-coming Resident Evil 6 but he is NOT the one who voiced RE4 or any previous RE title featuring Leon. Same goes for Ada Wong (I am a fan after all). Another problem is storyline. While the first movie Degeneration was easy to follow, this isn't. The plot is bit complicated and it features the Plaga virus (RE4) not standard zombies. While it adds room for more action (anyone remembers those headshots from RE4 and how later on, you shot them in the knees or chest? Yup, its here) an introduction into the Plaga legacy would have been welcomed for newcomers.
Verdict - Its still a solid movie and it has the potential to rival the live action films. The movie has been created to make use of 3D if your TV or the format can support it. But 3D or not, this is a must watch for RE fans.