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(Photo by Rolf Konow, 2004 Davis Films/Impact (Canada) Inc./Constantin Film(UK)Limited)

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WILL GOOD TRIUMPH OVER EVIL?: Our heroes Carlos (Oded Fehr, left) and Alice (Milla Jovovich, center) strive to rescue an innocent little girl (Sophie Vavasseur) who has been caught up in the zombies' attack on the hapless residents of Raccoon City.
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"Resident Evil: Apocalypse": Hair-Raising Horror Sequel Serves Up A Horde of Man-Eating Zombies

Review by Kam Williams

A couple of years ago director Paul W.S. Anderson, already known for his successful adaptation of the video game Mortal Kombat, brought another adaptation to the big screen in Resident Evil. The scary, sci-fi adventure starred Milla Jovovich as Alice, an action hero who saved the world from hordes of cannibalistic zombies unleashed by Umbrella Corporation, a malevolent outfit bent on global dominance.

The sequel, Resident Evil: Apocalypse picks up where the first installment left off with Milla being the only original cast member. The new cast includes a few recognizable faces like Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, and Mike Epps.

The story is set in Raccoon City whose skyline resembles Toronto. We find Alice rousing from a deep sleep in the Umbrella lab where she has been genetically-altered to become a super-human killing machine. Although she's programmed to further the conglomerate's diabolical plan, she manages to side with the good guys.

Major mayhem has broken out all across the city, as the ever-increasing reanimated corpses outnumber normal people. Alice, armed to the teeth, takes to the streets where she teams up with other survivors in a last stand against an assortment of creatures that feed on human flesh.

Overmatched, Alice is trapped in a church with Jill (Guillory), a gun-slinging city cop, Terri (Sandrine Holt), a TV reporter, and L.J. (Epps) an escaped-con.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a female empowerment movie. What gives all this senseless slaughter a semblance of depth is that our heroines are desperately trying to rescue a little girl (Sophie Vavasseur) and escape Raccoon City before an atomic bomb is dropped on the town.

Resident Evil 2 is a riveting, well-acted, above average example of the horror genre.

Very Good (3 stars). Rated R for female nudity and violence. Running time: 100 minutes.

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