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Film: Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the second film adaptation of the Resident Evil franchise, occurs some time after the events of the first film. The Umbrella Corporation decides to reopen the Hive and figure out what happened, but its decision proves disastrous: the T-virus infects one of the scientists, which lets it travel outside of the Hive and into nearby Raccoon City.

Sometime after the living dead have overrun the city, Alice awakens in an abandoned hospital. When she leaves the building, she finds herself in the middle of a city devastated by the chaos that follows a zombie attack. She finds allies in S.T.A.R.S. officer Jill Valentine and Umbrella Corporation mercenary Carlos Oliviera, who (along with a group of survivors in tow) all hope to find a way out of the city before Umbrella can initiate its final countermeasure (a tactical nuclear strike) to prevent the T-virus from spreading outside of Raccoon City.

Umbrella doesn't want any survivors, however, so it decides to send in the "Nemesis Project" to take care of any stragglers...


Resident Evil: Apocalypse contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Abandoned Hospital Awakening: Alice does this in the beginning of the movie as a repeated scene from the end of (and to tie this film to) the first movie.
  • Action Girl: Alice, Jill Valentine
  • Beneficial Disease: Alice has gained superhuman abilities because the T-Virus has bonded with her on a cellular level. The film points out that Dr. Ashford designed the T-Virus to reanimate dead cells for medicinal purposes (such as allowing a paralyzed person to walk again by reanimating the dead muscle cells in their legs). The virus has such extreme potentcy that one must administer it in small, carefully controlled doses alongside periodic injections of an antiviral solution to prevent the virus from spreading into other parts of the patient's body. When the virus gets out of control and spreads too far...well, the film shows what happens.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Cain puts his gun to his head when he's surrounded by the zombies. Unfortunately for him, he's out of ammo.
  • Bling Bling BANG: LJ's guns.
    "Motherfucker, please — my shit is custom!"
  • Clown-Car Grave: The cemetery cannot possibly hold as many dead people as rises from the graves. Unless, of course, the owner planted more than one body in each plot...
  • Cold Sniper: Subverted. The S.T.A.R.S. sniper remains collected until he sees Nemesis take two of his shots and survive. Then he totally loses it.
  • Cure For Cancer: Dr. Ashford originally designed the T-Virus to alleviate the symptoms of a degenerative nerve disease, but something went horribly wrong.
  • Dual Wielding: Alice's paired fighting batons.
  • Guns Akimbo: Alice wields basically everything akimbo. Carlos and LJ both do it with their Desert Eagles, Jill does it briefly in the church, and Nemesis takes the cake with his akimbo minigun and rocket launcher.
  • Hand Cannon: Being Resident Evil, you know they had to include one at least one example. Apocalypse has three specific examples of ridiculously large handguns: Carlos' Desert Eagles as duty weapons, LJ's gold plated Desert Eagles, and one random survivor with a Smith & Wesson Model 629 in .44 Magnum.
  • Implacable Man: Apocalypse has Nemesis fulfilling this role quite nicely.
  • Incongruously Dressed Zombie: The topless stripper zombies.
  • It's The Only Way To Be Sure: Umbrella destroys Raccoon City with a tactical nuclear missile strike to purge the infection (and destroy evidence).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: While coercing Alice into fighting Nemesis, Cain guns down Dr. Ashford. Later, his zombified corpse gets the first bite out of Cain when the latter gets tossed out of the helicopter and swarmed.
  • Male Gaze: In Jill's introduction, we get some very nice close ups on her legs and her breasts.
  • Mega Corp.: Umbrella Corporation.
  • Modern Minstrelsy: LJ positively reeks of this to an embarrassing degree.
  • Mood Whiplash: The commentary with Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, and Sienna Guillory has this as Jovovich and Fehr recorded separately from Guillory. It becomes somewhat jarring to hear Genki Girl Jovovich and snarky Fehr laughing and having fun, then suddenly hear Guillory's deadpan serious commentary, which makes clear the fact that she actively tried to translate her video game character (Jill) completely from the games to screen.
  • More Dakka: Nemesis' primary weapon is a handheld minigun. His offhand weapon is a rocket launcher. He definitely believes in having more dakka.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Alice and Jill. Seriously.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Teaser trailers that start out looking like adverts for something else seem to be a Running Gag for this series. The trailer for Apocalypse started out with cosmetics.
  • No FEMA Response: Raccoon City is sealed off and the inhabitants left to die to prevent the T-Virus from escaping.
  • Redshirt Army: Despite their reputation as a Badass Crew both in the films and the games, the remainder of S.T.A.R.S. becomes this in the film. The Umbrella Security Service serve this role for Umbrella.
  • Room Full of Zombies: The team sent by the Umbrella Corporation unlocks the Hive below Raccoon City encounters one of these in the opening scenes.
  • Rule of Cool: Though each Resident Evil flick aims for Rule of Cool, this film gets hit the hardest by this trope.
  • Sequel Hook: Apocalypse ends with Carlos and Jill rescuing Alice from Umbrella custody — but a satellite activates the T-Virus within Alice...
  • Sexy Walk: Sienna Guillory studied Jill's movements in the games and noticed that she wiggles her ass when the player doesn't make Jill move.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: Nemesis spares LJ's life when he puts down his guns and puts his hands up — which causes Nemesis to changes LJ's designation from "minor threat" to "civilian".
  • She's Got Legs: In her introduction, we got a nice close up on the side of Jill's legs as she takes her heels off.
  • Shown Their Work: Sienna Guillory, the actress who portrayed Jill, actually watched footage of RE3 and mimicked many of Jill's movements in order to get her character right.
  • Shout-Out: When she encounters Alice, Jill demands, "Who the fuck are you?" The Steppers released a rather infamous remix called Who the Fuck is Alice? in 1995.
  • Stab the Scorpion
  • Stat-O-Vision: Nemesis sees the world this way.
  • Super Soldier: Nemesis, Alice
  • What Could Have Been: The filmmakers offered roles to Natasha Henstridge (Jill) and Snoop Dogg (LJ).
  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • Zombie Gait: Averted, subverted, inverted, played straight, played for laughs, and everywhere in between.

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