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Resident Evil: Apocalypse


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Resident Evil: Apocalypse is a 2004 science fiction action horror film. It is the second installment in the series of film adaptations based on the Capcom survival horror game series Resident Evil. Borrowing elements from the video games Resident Evil 2, 3: Nemesis, and Code: Veronica, Resident Evil: Apocalypse follows the heroine Alice, who has escaped the underground Umbrella facility, and must band with other survivors including Jill Valentine and escape Raccoon City, before it is too late. The film was directed by Alexander Witt, from a screenplay written by producer Paul W. S. Anderson.

Plot

The film begins with Alice (Milla Jovovich) recalling the key events from the back door first film. On September 29, 2002, thirteen hours after the initial T-Virus outbreak in The Hive, the Umbrella Corporation sends in a research team to re-open the complex. As the team enters The Hive through a secret insertion point beneath Raccoon City, the entire team is slaughtered by zombies and Lickers who have been sealed within the complex. Realizing the entrance is now open, and the virus and infectious zombies will make their way to the surface, Umbrella establishes a security perimeter around the city to keep the citizens in a quarantined area.

As civilians reach the checkpoints, Umbrella operatives screen them for traces of any infection, until Major Timothy Cain (Thomas Kretschmann), orders all checkpoints to be closed as the infection already reached the gates and informs remaining citizens to return to the their homes. Meanwhile, Alice wakes up in a downtown hospital, and recalls her recent memories. After surviving The Hive, Alice was recovered by Umbrella and used for experimentation. She has gained superhuman powers because the T-virus bonded with her blood on a cellular level. As she exits the hospital, she recognizes the virus has escaped causing devastation in the streets and makes her way to a police car where she grabs a shotgun from the front seat.

Elsewhere, Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr) and two other Umbrella soldiers Nicholai Ginovaeff (Zack Ward) and Yuri Loginova link up with multiple Special Tactics And Rescue Service units in an attempt to hold against an onslaught of zombies in the street. However they are overrun, causing Carlos and his team to fall back with an infected Yuri, who was bitten during the battle. Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) (a S.T.A.R.S. unit member) together with Terri Morales (Sandrine Holt) and Peyton Wells (Razaaq Adoti) retreat to a church, where they are attacked by Lickers before being saved by Alice.

When the infection reached critical stages, Umbrella dispatched their Nemesis program (Matthew G. Taylor) to kill all remaining S.T.A.R.S. operatives, and when he encounters L.J. (Mike Epps), and thirteen other members of S.T.A.R.S, they open fire on him, before he guns them down, sparing only L.J.’s life when he drops his weapons. Dr. Charles Ashford (Jared Harris), a key Umbrella scientist and creator of the T-virus, has refused extraction by Umbrella until he has located and rescued his daughter Angela (Sophie Vavasseur). As he hacks into Raccoon City’s network of closed circuit cameras, he determines she is hiding out in her school and contacts Alice and her group. He informs them that Umbrella’s method of sanitizing Raccoon City is by nuking it, but he offers to arrange for an evacuation in exchange for rescuing Angela. Inside the school, the group encounter Carlos and his team, who have also been given the same offer. After various encounters with zombie dogs and infected children who kill Nicholai and Terri respectively, they succeed in finding Angela, leaving the remaining survivors to escape and head towards the extraction point.

When contacted by Alice about their success, Ashford gives them the location of the extraction point, before being intervened by Major Cain, who had been aware of his plan, and captures him before killing him forcing Alice to fight Nemesis. As she defeats Nemesis, she realizes his true identity (her former friend, Matt Addison) and refuses to deliver the killing blow. Her mercy appears to rekindle a trace of Nemesis’s former humanity, and they join forces and attack the Umbrella troops. Nemesis is killed in the ensuing fight, and Alice and the others escape in the helicopter, leaving Major Cain to be eaten alive just before the city is nuked.

The helicopter is caught up in the blast radius and crashes into the Arklay Mountains. Alice is impaled by a loose metal pole, before being recovered by Umbrella. She is taken to the Chicago Umbrella research station, where, after several weeks, she awakens in a giant water tank, completely regenerated from her injuries. Led by Umbrella scientist Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen), the doctors release and begin to question her. At first, she appears to have no memory, but soon a rapid series of images of recent events come flashing back in her mind, and she states with contempt “My name is Alice… and I remember everything.” She fights her way out of the facility showing some of her darkest powers yet, only to be surrounded by dozens of armed guards. Suddenly, Jill, Carlos, and L.J. pull up in an SUV, disguised as Umbrella employees. Carlos shows the guards a written order placing her in his custody. They allow Alice to go, and as she enters the waiting vehicle, she sees Angela in the back seat. As they drive away, Angela asks Alice if she is alright. Alice doesn’t respond, and Dr. Isaacs is shown saying, “Program Alice Activated.” A close-up of her eye shows a flashing Umbrella logo as the film comes to an end.

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