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Resident Evil: Damnation is the second full-length CGI film for the Resident Evil franchise, following 2008's Degeneration. Unlike the live-action films, Damnation is firmly set within the games' continuity, and serves as a bridge between Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.A civil war is raging in the fictional Eastern Slav Republic, between the oligarchy that's seized control of the country and the freedom fighters that represent the lower class. The military sat out the war and grew powerful, and after a cease-fire was declared, the military broke it in order to seize natural resources discovered in the freedom fighters' territory. In an attempt to even the odds, the freedom fighters have begun using black-market bioweapons.The U.S. government sends in LeonS. Kennedy to investigate, as both the U.S. and Russia are planning to intervene in the war. After entering the field, Leon is ordered to pull right back out, but after seeing the destruction the B.O.W.s are causing, he goes rogue in an effort to stop them.Damnation was released on DVD and Blu-ray in late September 2012, with a cinematic release in Shinjuku at the end of October. It was leaked a couple of weeks early on streaming video networks like the Xbox Live Marketplace, presumably in an attempt to capitalize on the release of Resident Evil: Retribution.
Resident Evil: Damnation provides examples of the following tropes:
Action Girl: Ada Wong makes a comeback. Given her history in the series, not much else has to be said except for how her martial art skills have improved since the Illuminadoes incident.
Svetlana: Do you have any idea who you are pointing your gun at? Leon: Let me see... you're the Beekeeper? Svetlana: The Beekeeper? Leon: The person who released the Plaga. Svetlana: Just as I thought. You haven't a clue. I am the President... of this country.
Badass Normal: Leon is a master of this. Ada is also quite the badass. Svetlana is a former fighting instructor, and holds her own in a battle with Ada, and Leon so she counts as well.
Svetlana stating that she has disposed of the other Elders, thus making sure none remains in the post-war Eastern Slav Republic.
Bittersweet Ending: In the end, the good guys triumph & peace reaches Eastern Slav once again, but at what cost? Tons of people are dead, including JD. Sasha is paralyzed from waist down though he's human again & has a new life to look forward to thanks to Leon. Svetlana is forced to step down from her presidency but that's kinda lenient considering all the shit she has done. Ada pisses off her employer(likely to be Simmons) & gets a massive warrant on her head which kinda sets up Resident Evil 6. And Leon's definitely pissed off & burnt out from his experiences there considering his higher-ups actually knew about the entire incident but pulled out last minute to join forces with the Russians to take back the country. Only all this still resulted a lot of casualties. No wonder he looked so gruff in RE 6.
Also, the whole conflict between Svetlana and the rebels began because of petroleum in the area the rebels lived. It's made abundantly clear the Americans and Russians used the BO Ws as an excuse to take said area for themselves, likely once more because of Simmons and his Family. This means Sasha and the rebels' fight and JD's death were all for nothing.
Blocking Stops All Damage: Leon manages to survive a Tyrant punching him by blocking the hit. While he is hurt by the hit, the tyrant proves to be strong enough to stop a tank.
Combat Stilettos: Ada spends most of the movie doing handsprings, backflips, and roundhouse kicks, and does it all in a pair of high heels. The heels on her shoes actually are combat stilettos: she uses a spring-loaded knife in one of the heels to cut herself down from a rope.
Most fights against the Lickers end up this way, with the local militia at best getting one or two kills onscreen. Reversed when the Tyrants are unleashed.
Said Tyrants get wiped off the face of the Earth in seconds by A-10 gunships.
Crazy-Prepared: When Ada is captured by the enemy and tied to a pole by her hands, she reveals a hidden blade inside one of her high heels and uses it to cut herself loose, all while berating her captors for not even bothering to "pat her down."
Deadpan Snarker: By this time, it's pretty obvious Leon uses humor to get through the increasingly horrifying life-or-death situations he finds himself in. He does know when to rein it back, though.
Did They or Didn't They?: The way Ada asks Leon about when they might "carry on from where [they] left off that night" leaves it ambiguous as to how far they got, but it clearly hasn't resolved anything between them.
Disney Death: A Licker is on the receiving end of one. Subverted with the two Tyrants inside the elevator.
Dying as Yourself: Several infected characters attempt to do this, or have others do it for them before they turn.
Fanservice: The aforementioned clothing damage scene, as well as a Shirtless Scene for Svetlana, ostensibly to show off several scars she has on her body. How she got them is never revealed.
Fore Shadowing: When JD asks Leon about a cure for the plaga, he says that about the only thing anyone can do is sever their spinal cord. However, he also says that they'll at best, be crippled, or at worst, die. He does this to Buddy at the end. Although he loses the use of his legs, he seems to be cured of the plaga he injected himself with earlier.
From Bad to Worse: As if the civil war wasn't bad enough, licker's being controlled by a human start fighting with government troops in the underground lair, two Tyrants also show up. They promptly destroy every Licker that attempts to fight them.
Government Conspiracy: U.S. and Russia's involvement in Eastern Slav Republic's conflict is very dubious. Turns out that the Eastern Slav government aren't just fighting B.O.W.s. They are actively producing them for black market sale. Svetlana also makes a secret deal with the leaders of the rebels to share in the profits, only to kill them when they cease being useful and to look good in front of the international community.
Gunship Rescue: Just when it looks like Buddy and Leon are about to die at the hands of a pair of Super Tyrants, two A-10 Thunderbolt II's of the U.S. Air Force swoop in and save the day.
One of the Tyrants rip a Licker in half with his bare hands.
Also, a Tyrant gets shredded in half by an A-10 Warthog's Avenger main gun.
Hero Tracking Failure: When the government troops fire on Leon in the underground facility. Hilariously they hit their own men, although it's justified as they had him completely surrounded at the time, so were in the line of fire of other soldiers when the room went dark.
Hive Mind: Every Plagas infected is controlled by a Dominant-strain Plaga.
Humanoid Abomination: The T-013 Tyrant is certainly humanoid. Until his power limiter became damaged, and he mutated. A little less humanoid, but still with a human face.
Idiot Ball: The Eastern Slav Republic government receives a consultant from the BSAA, offering advice on their current bioterrorism problem. They let her right in and allow her access to the President herself as well as her council. It takes them a full day to realize that her credentials aren't legit and that she's an infiltrator. All this during a civil war in which the President herself is under constant threat of assassination. Add to this the fact that they don't put a security detail on her to prevent her from discovering their own sizable B.O.W. armament. The narrative makes a big deal out of Svetlana's bad ass credentials, and yet she and her staff are shown to be blitheringly incompetent by this oversight.
Lady of War: Svetlana, the President of the Eastern Slav Republic, looks like a standard-issue Western politician. She's a former combat instructor and can effortlessly hold her own in a fistfight with Ada and Leon.
Life or Limb Decision: It's mentioned with how deeply the Plaga embeds in the central nervous system, a host's only options to avoid becoming a Ganado are suicide or removal, which will at best result in paralysis. Buddy tries to choose death but, after Leon's intervention, is seen in a wheelchair in the final scene.
Kung-Shui: Ada punts a table at Svetlana. She later knocks a pitcher full of water at her.
Made of Iron: Leon must be made of this. He gets smacked around by a Tyrant, and smashed against a pillar, and he just gets up and keeps going.
Magic Skirt: Semi-averted with Ada. Played straight with Svetlana.
Listen carefully during the first scene in the church: the background music is the save room music from either the classic games or Resident Evil 4 in particular.
The Tyrants look a lot like the established T-103 line of Tyrants that includes Mr. X from Resident Evil 2, the Tyrant from Code: Veronica, and others.
invoked The fact that the three Super Tyrants are dispatched with a tank and by attack jets could be a Genius Bonus one: in The Umbrella Chronicles, one of the files notes that Tyrants (specifically the Tyrant-Armored Lethal Organic System) are much less effective against armored vehicles and aerial vehicles.
The scene of Leon wandering around in the underground tunnels with a flashlight for a few minutes before he comes across J.D. looks like the gameplay footage of an early, scrapped version of Resident Evil 4.
Panty Shot: Pretty hard to see since the area around Ada's crotch was always overly-darkened when doing wide-legged kicks. However, the moment it's not overly dark reveals that they were black all along.
Power Degeneration: The Lickers in the ESR are under humans' direct control. Plagas have been used to provide a master-slave relationship, allowing a human to inject a parasite and control the Lickers via direct ultrasonic commands. Unfortunately, doing so will eventually turn the human into a Ganado.
Punch Catch: During their fight, Ada appears to successfully punch Svetlana in the face. Svetlana's head snaps to the side... and then the camera pans to reveal that she actually caught Ada's fist.
Rasputinian Death: One of the Tyrants is repeatedly shot, swarmed by Lickers, blown up by exploding fuel tanks, blown up with an exploding fuel truck, shot with an RPG, and finally run over and shot at point-blank range by a tank. Then run over again for good measure.
Shaggy Dog Story: In the end, it was revealed that but the American and Russian government were aware that Svetlana is secretly manufacturing B.O.W.s behind their backs, therefore, by the beginning of the story, they were already secretly planning a coordinated military intervention against the Eastern Slav Republic to overthrow Svetlana's government and put an end to the civil war. Meaning that other then saving Buddy's life at the cost of crippling his legs, everything would have happened almost exactly the same with even without his intervention.
And Leon actually does it correctly by shooting tracer rounds into the fuel that is leaking out and causing it to catch on fire.
Shout-Out: Leon's CIA contact uses the codename "Scarecrow". After finding him, he makes several allusions to The Wizard of Oz, including calling a Licker a "cowardly lion".
Shown Their Work: An impressive amount of research must have went into this film. For starters, almost all of the weapons depicted would likely be encountered in Eastern Europe, despite several having been rarely or never shown in a film before and are modeled to an impressive level of detail. The opening credits make heavy use of Cyrilic, which is also consistently seen on signs and billboards throughout the film. Leon empties his gun's magazine and properly reloads it with tracer rounds to set off a tanker truckexplosion, and the Russian troops at the end of the film are using accurately-depicted weapons, camouflage and vehicles. Normally, even big-budget Hollywood films get at least one of these wrong. And this is coming from a company that, a decade and a half previously, made reference to "The United States Federal Police Department" and "The Federal Council."
The Worf Effect: Svetlana demonstrates this by easily defeating Ada Wong, whom is often portrayed as one of the strongest and most calculating characters in Resident Evil.
Villainous Rescue: Leon is saved a couple of times from the Tyrants by the lickers controlled by Buddy.
Leon: Never thought I'd be saved by B.O.W.'s.
You Keep Using That Word: The rebels keep talking about their desire for "independence," but their desire to personally assassinate Svetlana and the fact that they're actively fighting soldiers in the capital makes it look more like they want to overthrow her and run the whole country themselves, rather than break off from it.
Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Alluded to. J.D. tries telling Leon off that he wouldn't understand why the rebels are doing what they are doing, to which Leon cuts him off by stating that they won't see eye to eye on the issue.