YMMV / Resident Evil: Apocalypse

  • Awesome Music: The ending theme, "The End of a Heartache" by Killswitch Engage.
  • Base-Breaking Character: LJ is either an offensive Ethnic Scrappy or someone who's Actually Pretty Funny. Thankfully, he drops the Uncle Tom Foolery in the next movie.
  • Contested Sequel: Apocalypse is either a good follow-up to the first film (or at least about the same quality, that is, rather low) with increased action and improved visual effects, or an overall step down that gleefully stomps on the games's established canon.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film is the lowest ranked installment of the franchise on Rotten Tomatoes, yet is the highest ranked on IMDb, while other reviewing sites take middle positions.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Jill Valentine, in no small part due to Sienna Guillory's dedicated performance.
    • Nemesis to a degree.
  • Franchise Original Sin: While the first film avoided stepping on the games thanks to having its own original characters and playing with them in manner that was realistic to the franchise's universe, Apocalypse based itself on RE3's storyline and imported characters from it, ensuring the rest of the film saga would mandatorily intrude in the games's canon with its increasingly divisive Alice arc. Most notably, this film was the one that started the trend of Alice becoming an unbeatable God-Mode Sue and including fan favorite characters from the games to be outlcassed and overshadowed by her in every possible field.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many watch the movie simply to see Nemesis blasting people away with a minigun and saying his Catch-Phrase "S.T.A.R.S."
  • Memetic Mutation: The line "My name is Alice".
  • Narm: The action sequences try just a bit too hard to be spectacular, to the point that the storyboarding feels like it was done by an overcaffeinated fourth-grader. RedLetterMedia's Half in the Bag analysis of the series includes several clips of Mike, Jay and Rich reacting to these scenes with raucous laughter.
  • Signature Scene: Nemesis attacking S.T.A.R.S.
  • Signature Song: Even though it is only heard in the marketing, Papa Roach's "Not Listening" definitely counts.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Sienna Guillory spent a lot of time studying Jill's movements in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and putting a lot of effort into her role, and it showed in her performance's universal praise. Notably on the DVD commentary, she keeps things serious while Milla Jovovich and Oded Fehr goof off.
  • Villain Decay: As pointed out in this review of the movie:
    Deusdaecon: Because every fan when they played Resident Evil 3, every single one of them, when they saw Nemesis killing people and being a scary enemy, all of them said in unison: You know what would make him better? A tragic fucking backstory. Because he's not a scary, inhuman monster unless you care about him.