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Resident Evil: Degeneration


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Resident Evil: Degeneration, known in Japan as Biohazard: Degeneration (バイオハザード:ディジェネレーション Baiohazādo: Dijenerēshon?), is the first full-length CG animation feature based upon Capcom’s Resident Evil video game series. It was announced by Capcom and Sony Pictures Entertainment on October 29, 2007.

Unlike the previous Resident Evil film trilogy, Degeneration is set within the same universe as the original video games.[1] The main characters are Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who appear together for the first time since Resident Evil 2.[2] The film made its premiere in Japan on October 11, 2008 at the Tokyo Game Show,[3] and was released nationwide one week later on October 18. The DVD and Blu-ray were released on December 26, 2008 in Japan and December 27, 2008 in North America.[4] It was released in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2009.

Plot

The movie takes place in the year 2005, a year after the events in Resident Evil 4, and 7 years after the events of the Raccoon City incidents. Claire Redfield is now a member of TerraSave, an organization which handles search and rescue at chemical and biological attacks. Claire arrives at Harvardville Airport to meet a family she is aiding. A passenger aircraft is approaching the airport to land. As one of the attendants checks the passengers, she notices one man looking unwell. The man in question is clearly in the final stages of T-virus infection, and warns the attendant. Shortly after, the transformation is complete.

Claire is looking after her friend’s niece, Rani Chawla, when they see Senator Ron Davis walk by. A zombie-masked protester walks up to him, imitating one of the infected. While arresting the protester, a police officer noticies another man, who believes it is another protester in a zombie-mask. But when the officer arrests him he is attacked by an infected. One of Davis’ bodyguards shoots the zombie, only to be bitten by the infected police officer, who was presumed dead. The second guard attempts to run but is also devoured. The scene causes panic and people in the vicinity flee, some being attacked by the infected. Then the plane shown previously crashes into the building, destroying a section of the airport as everyone flees for cover. Out of the airplane come its occupants, all infected. Unable to escape from the airport terminal, Claire, Davis and Rani shut themselves in the VIP lounge and call for help.

By nightfall, the airport has been locked down by the United States Marine Corps and local law enforcement. Survivors are evacuated for treatment, many still locked inside the airport. Two Special Response Team (SRT) officers, Angela Miller and Greg Glenn, are joined by a government agent with experience of such incidents, Leon S. Kennedy. The group enter the building where the VIP lounge is located through the roof and begin their search. They manage to find Claire and the survivors. Traveling back to the main terminal, Glenn is bitten by a zombie and stays behind, determined to save the rest by killing the creatures nearby. The survivors shoot their way out, with the marines (who had been vaccinated prior to the lockdown) clearing out the terminal.

Claire sees a convoy of trucks from the WilPharma Corporation, who she was campaigning against. Upon being told that WilPharma had created a T-virus vaccine, Claire realizes that the vaccine could have saved those who died. Suddenly, the WilPharma trucks containing the vaccine are destroyed. Claire goes with WilPharma chief researcher Frederic Downing to the WilPharma research facility for more vaccine. After a tour of the facility, Claire is shown a molecular-scale image of the G-virus. Downing, surprised by her anger, excuses himself and she is left alone in his office.

Claire calls Leon to inform him about WilPharma’s possession of the G-virus, and learns that he and Angela Miller have found the house of Curtis Miller, Angela’s brother, destroyed by fire. Downing phones Claire to warn her that a man has just left the facility and that a time bomb has been activated. Claire looks out of a window and sees Curtis Miller running through the central gardens with a briefcase. The bomb goes off.

Leon and Angela arrive at WilPharma and Leon goes upstairs to Claire while Angela, monitoring the ground level, encounters Curtis. Curtis tells Angela that the government covered up some of the events in Raccoon City which kept his family from being saved. A squad of U.S. Marines storm the room. Curtis, having injected the G-virus, mutates. The soldiers open fire on him, and Curtis goes on a rampage killing everyone in his vicinity. Leon saves Angela from the massacre as the atrium garden begins to fall apart, with the wreckage crushing Curtis. Believing him to be dead, the surviving soldiers head up the elevator to safety, Leon and Angela choosing to stay downstairs and wait for the elevator to come back down. Curtis gets out of the wreckage and mutates further, climbing up the building and by destroying the elevator, killing the soldiers inside.

The WilPharma computer system then sets the building on fire in an attempt to avoid the T- and G-Virus’ spreading. Angela and Leon jump into a pool of water to avoid burning wreckage. After having shot a glass partition to avoid drowning, the two find themselves in an underground area. Meanwhile, Claire makes it to the command center on the upmost floor, doing whatever she can to halt a biohazard alarm and open the building. She fails and the detection of Curtis in the underground center causes another alarm, in which sections of the building are ejected to fall deep underground.

As Leon and Angela search for an escape route, Curtis attacks them, seeing Leon as a threat and Angela as a mate. Eventually, Curtis manages to regain control, telling Angela to run. As the sections are being ejected, Leon and Angela climb up wreckage, only to hang from a broken catwalk. About to fall, Curtis grabs hold of Angela’s leg. Leon is forced to shoot Curtis in the face, causing him to fall to his death. The impact of Curtis with the bottom of the pit causes an eruption of fire, from which Leon and Angela are saved when a bulkhead closes just below them.

Leon, Angela and Claire exit the building. There Claire accuses Senator Davis of the cover up and the Harvardville Airport incident. Leon reveals that Davis did not know anything, and Claire realizes that the real villain was actually Downing, who caused the outbreak in the airport, the disaster on the plane, the destruction of the vaccine, the detonation of the bomb at the research building and the bio-terrorism incidents by selling T-virus samples. Meanwhile, Downing talks to General Grandé, a client eager to buy the t-virus, now that news reports have revealed its potential. Waiting for a contact to sell WilPharma information to, Downing mistakes a car containing Leon and Claire for his contact. He is arrested by Angela.

The next day Leon and Claire meet with a despondent Angela. Leon reveals that Downing confessed to everything, which was designed as a sales pitch for the virus to General Grandé. He reveals that he was an Umbrella researcher and stole samples of both viruses and escaped immediately prior to the Raccoon City incident before erasing his history and creating a new identity with which to apply to WilPharma. Once there, he was able to sell the virus to a list of potential customers while researching the vaccine.

Leon and Claire say goodbye and leave. Meanwhile, news gets out that Davis has resigned from office over allegations of insider stock trading with WilPharma stocks. A newspaper draped over Davis’ face reads “Tricell Offers to Purchase WilPharma”. Davis’ hand falls from the desk revealing him to be dead, and on his computer WilPharma files are being deleted, which when completed reveal a Tricell insignia on his screen. The film ends with Tricell employees in hazmat suits searching the underground ruins of the WilPharma research building, where they discover a fragment of Curtis’s body infected with the G-virus, which they seal in a bio-hazard container.

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