Resident Evil Rises Again

Video Game vixen Alice is back on the big screen today in Sony Pictures’ effects-laden sequel to its 2002 surprise box office hit, Resident Evil. While it may not live up to its predecessor’s $100 million+ performance, Resident Evil: Apocalypse should do well enough in this hardly competitive late summer period. The only other new wide-release contender is New Line Cinema’s Cellular, a suspense thriller starring Oscar winner Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential) and Jason Statham (The Transporter).

Alien Vs. Predator director Paul W.S. Anderson, who helmed the first Resident Evil, penned this follow-up but left directing duties to Alexander Witt, who makes his directorial debut after serving as second unit director of cinematography on such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Bourne Identity and Gladiator.

Based on CAPCOM’s hugely popular video game series, Resident Evil: Apocalypse takes viewers back to Raccoon City, where a contained virus breaks loose and threatens to turn the city into a zombie buffet. Milla Jovovich is back as Alice, a genetically enhanced ghoul dueler who helps a small group of special forces operatives escape the quarantine zone. The film features effects by Mr. X and Animated Extras International under visual effects supervisor Alison O’Brien. Witt and O’Brien discuss the making of the film in the September issue of Animation Magazine.