While the Resident Evil feature films are great it is a pleasure to be able to watch the computer animated films that are based directly off of the video games. They are not a direct port of the game but fill in the gaps and make them come alive for us in ways that we would not normal be able to do just playing the game. This film is almost real with the details that they added to the film and with the movement and expressions on the characters in the film. I would call this a must see film just for that fact alone, though there is more to the film then just well done character models. It has tons of action as well.
In this film we have the main character as that of Leon S. Kennedy (Matthew Mercer), a CIA operative that has been pulled from vacation to go deal with a suspected B.O.W. (Bio-Organic Weapons) outbreak in the Eastern Slav Republic. After a painted intro into the film we find him talking on his cell phone with his handler and mission support Ingrid Hunnigan. Just as they verify his position an explosion goes off and then he is told to get out of the country. He is pissed about this as he just got there and going on how he was on vacation to begin with. He ignores her and turns the phone off and continues on mission to find out if the rumors are true or not.
It is not long before he finds out that the rumors are indeed true as he is attacked by a Licker. Before he is able to put it down the wall exploded knocking him to the ground. With him unable to defend himself the licker comes to stick its claws in him but stops as another human motions for it not to hurt Leon. Someone actually has the ability to control the abominations. It is a Plaga that allows the human, Elder Ivan Judanovich (Robin Sachs) to be able to control the Lickers. The only problem is that Ivan is not going to be himself for very much longer as the organism in him is starting to take over. Once it does he will turn into a monster like the other Resident Evil zombies that we have seen in the other CG film and the games. He knows this and his second, Alexander ‘Sasha’ Kozachenko (Dave Wittenberg) will make sure that does not happen by killing him before the change.
Ivan and Sasha are members of the rebel fighters who want independence. Oil was found on their land and the military with the blessings of President Svetlana Belikova (Wendee Lee) have moved in to take it. That is what started the second civil war that is happening now. Some how the rebels have come into possession of a way to control the BOWs and they are using it to try and win the war. The really scary part is it is the President that supplied it to them in the first place but it is nothing compared to the weapons that she has developed in her underground research facility. This film have more twists and turns then a freeway that is under construction.
The film has lots of action ranging from shoot outs to full on war with Lickers and Tyrant, massive 12 foot or more giants that destroy everything in their path. It takes a tank to kill one of them and a jet to kill others. We see only 4 killed in the film but we know that there are more of them as we see one above ground with a number 013 on its arm. We have no idea where the others are or if they even are eliminated. Maybe we will see them in the next game or another film, we will just have to wait and see.
Just like other Japanese animation and films there are long pauses in the film for reflection and suspense building. It actually causes the film to seem longer then it is and gives you one wild ride as the tension builds up to the next explosion or attack. You will not be bored watching this film as the eye has so much to see in the details that are in it and trying to look for the next thing that is going to attack. If you like the Resident Evil films you will like this one, if you love the games then you are going to want to see this one before you play your next game.
I give this film a Musing review of