CAPCOM announced on the official Japanese Biohazard/Resident Evil website on Thursday that a feature-length Biohazard CG anime film has been green-lit. The film is slated for a worldwide opening in 2017.
Takanori Tsujimoto (The Next Generation -Patlabor-, Ultraman X) will direct the film, with a script by Makoto Fukami (Psycho-Pass, School-Live!). Kenji Kawai (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell) will compose the music. CG animation studio Marza Animation Planet will animate the film. Takashi Shimizu (Ju-on, live-action Kiki's Delivery Service) is credited as executive producer.
The film will have a completely original story, and will feature characters from multiple games in the series, including Chris Redfield, Rebecca Chambers, and Leon Kennedy. CAPCOM producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Resident Evil 4, Sengoku Basara) is supervising the project.
A few preliminary items:
If you are unfamiliar with the Resident Evil franchise and its characters this film will not clarify anything for you.
If you are hoping for a horror film, this is not that film. It is a pure action thriller with mild horror elements most of which are in the first 20 minutes of the film.
If you want to see something that has mindless enjoyable action and lots of stuff blowing up, this film is for you.
Vendetta is a perfect popcorn movie. Its well paced, well acted, and there's a solid mix of action and plot setting. If you were able to see
it in a theatre with Dolby Atmos sound all the better because the sound design was really stellar.
That said there are a few major issues with the film. The story is very weak, there is little depth and I often found myself stifling laughter during scenes which were meant to be dramatic but came off as high camp. The uncanny valley is very much at play here and while the models look good for the most part the textures are eerily off especially glass objects and wood (which shines so brightly it seems like a thousand maids had polished it for a thousand years). The level of animation is not as good as something like Gantz: O but it still (mostly) visually pleasing and well done.
An enjoyable experience if you want to sit back, relax, and turn your brain off for a couple hours.
I'm a big fan of Resident Evil franchise, since i was a kid i've been following the series of Resident Evil such as movies and games, all of them, i didn't miss any stories. So, if you are not familiar with Resident Evil you might not find it interested after watching this movie because you are not related to the whole stories and the characters. But for me as a big fan, i'm pretty enjoyed this movie because i know the relations with the previous series of movies and games of Resident Evil. Personally, the story is not that good because it doesn't relate to
the whole situations of the world as it told in the previous series.
The plot is basically a mash up of most RE games up to now. You've got a mansion (RE1), arcade shooting, and OTT action (RE6). The story is ofcourse absurd and has quite a few plotholes, but you won't mind too much.
This movie isn't too scary, though I suppose RE hadn't focused on this aspect recently up until RE7 came out. There's really only one scene near the beginning that is horrific but even then I found myself laughing at the setup. This movie is more for fans of the RE6 action-horror setup.
The CGI ranges between bad and pretty okay. A few scenes
look very PS3-ish in terms of quality, while others, especially a few of the action scenes, look adequate enough. Mostly the CGI probably won't bother you.
There isn't much music to speak of, but the English dub cast all do a solid job. I particularly liked Rebecca's voice actress.
Resident Evil: Vendetta is overall an entertaining way to spend two hours if you've played RE before. Anyone who hasn't won't get much out of this film.
At first I was gonna rate this very low based on "feeling" like the story was completely random, But later realized it was an original story so I couldn't completely knock it for that. Unless you're a hard core Biohazard fan and know the entirety of the story behind it, you get the sense of "whats going on? Was there a movie before this I should've watched?"
Again it's an original story, But a rushed story none the less. It follows a very cliche story line that leaves the ending really lacking. You can kind of relate it to a Fetch Quest in
a video game, go here do this, retrieve that, come back, mission complete and do it again somewhere else. In latent terms, boring.
Visuals and Sound:
So everything looks nice and pretty and you cane see that with every Biohazard movie that comes out it looks significantly better than the last. I wish I Can say the same for the sound though, at some parts in the movie it gets really low so you have to turn it up only to turn it back down during action seens when its too loud. Which if you're a movie fanatic will really annoy your sound system.
It's kinda hard to even review the characters because they hardly speak at all.... This possibly could be a personal thing based on the fact that I watch a lot of dialogue heavy shows and it just felt like they hardly said anything. Not too include all the grunts and moans.
Biohazrd Vendetta is a good way to kill an hour and a half. There's a lot to be desired and maybe we'll get that if they decide to make a next one.
Too my knowledge this is the very first time I've seen REALLY close CQB (close quarters combat) in anything Biohazard/Resident evil related. Not too say the resident evil movie franchise didn't have this but per the rules I can't give spoilers so you'll have to watch and see what I mean when I mention this. But it's really well done and amazing!