The story is set in autumn 2005, one year after Resident Evil 4 game took place. Due to an as of yet unexplained reason, zombies appear in a United States airport. The release of the zombies leads to danger of an outbreak.
"A perfectly realistic story on bio-terrorism."
Biohazard: Degeneration (aka Resident Evil: Degeneration) is the first full length CG animated film fully based upon the Resident Evil game series. Starring the hero (Leon S. Kennedy) and heroine (Claire Redfield) of Resident Evil 2 (for Play Station), Degeneration is a film much anticipated by fans. Please note that the live movie trilogy is unrelated to the games beside the borrowed character names and the fate of Raccoon City.
There are quite a bit of background story to understand if one wish to fully understand the movie. Taking place seven years after the events in Resident Evil 2 (one year
after the event in Resident Evil 4), the demands to reveal the truth of what happened at Raccoon City continues to heat up and an extremist ended up threatening to release the T-Virus to all major cities around the globe, turning all population into zombies.
A few years after Resident Evil 2, the company responsible for the outbreak in Raccoon City (Umbrella Cooperation) was in complete ruin after their stock prices plummeted and legal proceedings against them. After the downfall of the Umbrella Cooperation, many ambitious businesses try to take over the leftover viruses invented by the company which lead to many political and social unrest. The story in this movie will be focusing on one of these companies that took over what's left of Umbrella Cooperation.
As stated earlier, the film is fully animated in CG thus fans can expect the familiar faces to remain the same as in the games (though I find Leon's face slightly different than in Resident Evil 4).
In terms of animation quality, it is without a doubt better than the cut scenes from Resident Evil 4. But there are still much room for improvement. Take this, this, or even this for comparison, there are simply much better CG films out there. Resident Evil: Degeneration simply can't beat this level of CG.
*note* In case people are wondering, the images above are from Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Gravity of the Battlefront.
While the ED song is nothing out of the ordinary, the sound effects in the movie is very worth mentioning. The gun fires, explosions, even the water rushing sounds are very realistic. In terms of the character voice acting, it should not be a surprise that the main voices are the same as the games (ie. Leon is voiced by Paul Mercier, who is the VA in Resident Evil 4). There is a Japanese dub version as well for those who enjoy Japanese voicing over anything else (but I have yet to see that version, so I'll not comment on it for now).
In addition to the return of Leon and Claire, we also see other familiar faces from the games (not going to spoil it for you, go watch it yourself). But perhaps what was most disappointing was that Ada Wong (Leon's "partner" in both Resident Evil 2 and 4) did not show up to aid him. Other than that, everything else is pretty average with a decent among of character development and backgrounds for the main movie characters.
As a Resident Evil fan since its debut in the mid 90s in Japan, I had very high expectations for this game. In some sense, it gave me most of what I wanted to see. Although there's just so much more room for improvement ranging from the graphics to character to story plot.
Lastly, I would like to say after what Leon had been through in Resident Evil 4, the event in this movie should be child's play for me (at least there's no chainsaw or nasty parasites this time :P)
I'm a huge Resident Evil fan, and I've been waiting for Capcom to jump into the film business for a long time. That said, this movie really feels more like a long trailer for the upcoming RE:5 than an actual movie. The story's basically the same thing as most of the games: two characters, Leon and Claire, are propelled through a series of action packed gunfights with zombies and all sorts of twisted T and G virus mutants. While some of the earlier fight scenes are nice, the latter half of the movie has a dreadful amount of drama in it. I
watched the dub, which was just horrid. Besides the fact that the lip synching was really off, which I kind of expect when it comes to CGI anime, the faces weren't able to hold a wide range of features, and that makes all the characters look like dolls when they're trying to convey emotions.
The art itself was decent. It's certainly no more advanced than Square Enix's previous Final Fantasy movies. Degeneration actually looks a lot more like a really nice X-box 360 ingame cutscene to be honest. Lets face it: these graphics are really only a little bit better than the game will look. The graphics on this movie are pretty sorry for a movie coming out recently. Some of the characters have rather jerky animations, too, and it gets really noticeable when you see the crowds. Some things look really fantastic in this, though: billowing fire and explosions in particular.
The sound was decent, I have no real complaints. It didn't wow me or anything, but it got the job done. Some of the instrumental music was decent, but the guitar riffs in some of the later parts of the movie weren't really necessary.
Character is where it gets interesting, sort of. If you're already a RE fan, there's a few nods to the players out there. Once again, Claire gets stuck with the kid, while Leon's off attempting to seduce the lady-cop, Angela. Leon's aide Hunnigan has a cameo, but the real lady every fan would want to see never makes an appearance. I don't know why Capcom chose to keep Claire from really getting into the action like Leon (she goes through almost half of the movie without a weapon), but I thought it was a really poor decision.
I had fun with this, but I'd imagine that if I weren't already a fan of both horror movies (not that this was all too gory) and Resident Evil, I wouldn't have cared for it as much. Still, its not too bad, and its a good way to get friends to watch anime (possibly).
Story : 2/10
Dude...this movie was the most cliche thing I have ever seen in my entire nearly-sixteen-years-long life.
When I heard that a full Resident Evil movie was to come out a few months ago, I was kinda hyped. But, after watching this...thing... I have to say that I am mega-disappointed.
The story started rather nice, but after about half an hour it got very very lame. Lots of uber-predictable and silly scenes like, for instance the water-kissing scene or the matrix bullet-time.Not to mention how
the picture with Angela's family popped up 2 times in the perfect place, right on time to trigger a lame dramatic bulls**t scene.
Everything just sucked. If you don't believe me, just watch the movie. You'll understand.
I mean, I'd rather watch a bad Lorenzo Lamas action movie.
Art : 9/10
If it weren't for the nearly-flawless art, this movie would have been a perfect failure. The CG-style was awesome, and was, in my opinion the only good thing about this movie. Because of the art, I won't consider that I lost an hour and a half of my life. If only every part of this movie were as good as the art...
Sound : 3/10
Besides Leon's superficial and "bad-a**" voice acting , which failed miserably, I really liked the ending song. It was great... NOT !
I mean, come on. Something like Papa Roach or Mudvayne would have fitted a lot better with the ending. Not that pop-rock-like song.
Also, what was with the super-modern cellphones that had some old brick-like phone monophonic ringtone? And how come at the end, everyone had their clothes and hairstyles absolutely identical ? Like, what the f**k? Didn't they shoot, tumble, swim and jump throughout the whole damn movie??
Character : 4/10
What happened to the cool Resident Evil 4 Leon? What's with this Arnold Schwarzenegger-like guy? The only thing that was similar to the movie Leon and the RE4 one, was his leather jacket and the hairstyle.
At least Claire was okay (besides being slightly retarded).
Enjoyment : 3/10
All I have to say for this part is that, after the first 45 minutes, I was eager to finish it faster. And that can't be a good thing when watching a movie. If it wasn't Resident Evil I wouldn't have watched it all the way.
Overall : 4/10
Overall, this movie blew. If you're not a hardcore die-hard Resident Evil fan, don't watch it. There are lots of other horror movies that you'd be better off watching; like for example :
Dark Water, Shutter, Saw and even the Silent Hill movie, which was pretty bad.
Or better yet, go watch all three Resident Evil movies, because they can't even be compared to this piece o' trash.
Well im not gonna give this movie a review straight tens. nothing's that perfect >_>, but im not gonna slaughter is and give it 1-2's, ive seen far worse.
Lets start off with the Story, zombies roaming around? leon and claire kicking some ass? include a new character here and there and bring back the favourite bosses from resident evil 2. There you have it 1 movie ready to go.
Although it wasn't a brilliant piece with the story, it was acceptable, going with the trend of main character leon rampaging through zombies with abit if bullet-time motion wasn't bad at all. i admit, this was'nt
the masterpiece that obviosuly some people expected, but it was a valid sequel to the games. world is on the verge of crisis, and you have the main characters defeat bosses, and whole horde of zombies. worth watching for zombie/resident evil fans, but dont expect too much.
As for the Art, in terms of CG i have yet to see better. i personally found this absolutely outstanding. but saying that, the fact it isn't played by real people tones down the horror to the movie. From the games i got huge suspense and true horror from playing leon and claire, even with resident evil movies i got scared slightly. you wont get the same feeling with a CG movie, it's all for the action. we'll just have to wait for next gen CG when we can't tell the difference between real acting and CG!
As for Sound, i dont know if it's because the animation was molded to fit japanese speech, but most of it was fairly poor voice acting combined with CG. most of the time, both of which never fitted together. sayign that though, leon's voice was acceptable, it fit his chacacter and it was more or less the same to Resident evil 4, far more mature.
And for the music at the end, it was a poor song overall. i dont personally like it, but im sure some of you out there might like it. nothing to put you down on watching the movie though. (i dont think most of you will put off watching a movie because the credit music was abit rubbish, right?)
Well, coming from a movie i dont really expect much chacacter development. but for claire i felt deeply disappointed. she played such a big role in the games, and sometimes cooperated with leon as well. i really wanted to see that incorporated in the movie. she was also really played down as a self surviving woman. the producers most of the time didn't give her a gun or proper weapon? she was more of a damsel in distress! (but most people know she's amazing in the games).
Leon i dont really have much of an opinion over, he kept to his protognaist role and did a fine job of it, more than happy with that. as for the "new" characters one word that descibes them best "lame" and maybe a second, "sterotypical". you have a bossy stuck up senator. Arnie cop that wants all the point blank shots and gets owned >_>, and lastly the hot cop that fills the role for claire. saying that Angela wasn't bad to look at for 2 hours of the movie lol :P
Overll, i really enjoyed this movie. that's probably because im a zombie/horror/action movie fan, but regardless it's definately a movie worth a watch.
There's hate, and then there's the white hot, seething hatred anime fans have for CGI anime. Look, none's denying there have been some atrocious missteps in the past when it comes to CG in anime, but it can be done right!
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