Review: Resident Evil Damnation
To start off, let me say that I’m a HUGE Resident Evil fan. I have loved every game since the first one, collected the comics and some figures back in the day, own the novels by S.D. Perry, Own all of the movies (even though they are not part of the canon), and am eager for each new release. Resident Evil: Degeneration was an amazing CGI movie, but its sequel Damnation falls short. There are SPOILERS AHEAD.
For any RE fan, this is a must see, but don’t expect much. There are some good things, but for the most part it was a let down. Let’s begin with the GOOD:
Leon Kennedy has come a long way since his debut in Resident Evil 2. This movie really shows off his expertise and professionalism. I’m pretty sure he could give Rambo a run for his money.
The animation was outstanding. The detail when their was and wasn’t gore, was phenomenal.
Ada Wong remains the mystery that she is. She is sexy and deadly, and is always the villain that you want to survive. Her and Leon’s relationship is much akin to the likes of Batman & Catwoman or Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler.
The camera work (or angles of animation) were brilliant. Words weren’t needed to describe what each character was focused upon or where they were going, as the view subtley shifted to certain points of interest.
The darkness and scenes were often creepy, and at one point I’ll admit I jumped and my heart skipped a beat.
Parasite zombies were back, and there was a brief scene showing one of the zombies removing a parasite and forcing it down a human’s throat. It was sickening to watch, and really captured the horror aspect.
Ada vs the Russian President was a very action packed scene, that was probably the highlight of the movie.
A new version of Mr. X tyrants and the lickers being controllable were a very welcome part of the film.
But Now for the BAD:
J.D., a new character, is probably the most annoying character in the series to date. I think I would have rather have seen the secret character from Resident Evil 2, Tofu, instead. If I were Russian, I might be offended at how dumb he is. Not only is he stupid, but he tries to be “cool” so bad that he fails horribly. There is only one moment when I actually liked the character, but by then it didn’t matter.
You can tell it was made in a foreign country. Not that this is a bad thing, but the problem was with the voices being out of sync with the mouth movements. Again, not a problem, but it was a slight annoyance.
There were too many inner monologue moments. Leon especially would say things he was thinking out loud. If he were really the professional he is, then he wouldn’t have made a peep, which could often lead to being discovered.
The gun play was horrible. I grew up watching 80s movies where the main characters could avoid a whole slew of bullets being fired at them, but this was ridiculous. An entire Russian military unit stands mere feet away from Leon with automatic rifles. Even though cover is ten yards away, he still manages to dodge every single bullet fired upon him. I guess the Russians were blind.
Leon was immortal. Seemingly anyway. He didn’t even bleed. After surviving the military onslaught he takes on a dozen lickers and then a handful of Mr. X Tyrants. One of the tyrants has him cornered and slammed against a wall, and even after being thrown into a pillar, he is still capable of moving at full speed without the wind so much as being knocked out of him.
The United States coming at the end with a squadron of A-10 Thunderbolt’s kicked ass, but at the same time, where were they moments prior?
There were things such as the Russian president’s scar on her back, and Sasha’s stories that were left open.
Credits were filled with not only a bonus scene, but a HUGE preview of Resident Evil 6. There was gameplay I have not yet seen in trailers, but also I had to turn away in fear of finding out too much.
If you are a Resident Evil fan as I am, then you definitely need to watch this movie. Unfortunately, if you are not a huge fan, then it might be a waste of time, though you may enjoy it as a popcorn flick. On a scale of 1 to 10, I have to give this a 5. The good elements are REALLY REALLY good. But the bad elements are equally as bad. I only hope that it is redeemed with a future CG film.