Zombies. Lots of them. Dead city (Raccoon city IS Toronto, by the way). Try to get the hell out of there. That’s the basic idea.
From a popular video game to movie, Resident Evil: Apocalypse is another interpretation (We already have Tomb Raider, Street Fighter and others) and a good one I must said. After all, the game itself is about ‘shoot the zombies, collect weaponry, try to survive and get the hell out of there’. So in that term, the movie is faithful to its core. Even the portrayal of the character (Jill Valentine is perfect, Carlos Olivera is ok) is so gaming like (I mean, what’s the deal with Valentine’s clothes? Of course it sure feast the boys’ eyes but well I guess “Lara Croft” style is the basic idea).
But that’s it. I really mean it, that’s it. Not that I said it’s a bad movie, not at all, but if you expect excellent story telling, well, can you make a story based on thin plotline? I mean Tomb Raider has an element of adventure and ‘Indiana Jones’ story but Resident Evil?
Anyway, an enjoyable flick. Just grab your popcorn, enjoy the movie and relax…