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 when the T-virus infects one of the scientists, then begins to spread outside of the Hive — and into nearby Raccoon City.
Sometime after the city becomes overrun with the living dead, 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 soon finds allies in S.T.A.R.S. officer Jill Valentine and Umbrella Corporation mercenary Carlos Oliviera; along with a group of survivors in tow, Alice hopes to find a way out of the city before Umbrella can initiate its final countermeasure to prevent the T-virus from spreading — but Umbrella doesn't want any survivors, and to prevent their escape, it decides to send in the "Nemesis Project".
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 the first movie.
- Action Girl: Jill Valentine. Alice takes the cake, however.
- Beneficial Disease: Alice gains superhuman strength, speed and agility because the T-virus that infected her has bonded with her on a cellular level.
- It's stated at one point that the T-virus was initially designed to be this by reanimating dead cells for purposes such as allowing a paralyzed person to walk again by reanimating the dead muscle cells in their legs. Unfortunately, it's so extremely potent that it must be administered in small, carefully controlled doses along with periodic injections of an antivirus to prevent it from spreading into other parts of the patient's body. Allow the virus to get out of control and spread too far, you end up with the Zombie Apocalypse seen in the films.
- 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.
"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 is collected until he sees Nemesis take two of his shots and survive. Then he totally loses it.
- Cure For Cancer: The T-virus was originally intended to alleviate the symptoms of a degenerative nerve disease, but something goes 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: Raccoon City is destroyed by missile strike to purge the infection (and cover up the evidence).
- Laser-Guided Karma: While coercing Alice into fighting Nemesis, Cain guns down Dr. Ashford. Later, his zombified corpse is the first one to take a bite out of Cain when he gets swarmed after being thrown out of the chopper.
- 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: L.J. 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, who makes it clear that she was the only one who actively tried to translate her video game character (Jill Valentine) completely from the game 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: S.T.A.R.S. is the most notable example, which is strange because they are definitely not this in the game. The Umbrella Security Service becomes this as well.
- Room Full Of Zombies: This happens when the team sent by the Umbrella Corporation unlocks the Hive below Raccoon City in the opening scenes.
- Rule Of Cool: Though each Resident Evil flick aims for Rule Of Cool, this is by far the hardest-hit of the lot.
- Sequel Hook: Apocalypse ends with Carlos and Jill rescuing Alice from Umbrella custody - but a satellite activates the T-Virus in Alice, turning her into something else...
- Sexy Walk: Jill. Sienna Guillory studied Jill's movements in the game 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, making Nemesis designate him a civilian.
- She's Got Legs: Jill. In her introduction, we got a nice close up on the side her legs as she takes her heel heels off.
- Stab the Scorpion
- Stat-O-Vision: How Nemesis sees the world.
- Super Soldier: Nemesis, Alice.
- What Could Have Been: Natasha Henstridge was offered the role of Jill Valentine and Snoop Dogg was offered the role of LJ.
- Zombie Apocalypse
- Zombie Gait: Averted, subverted, inverted, played straight, played for laughs and everywhere in between.