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- Apr 4, 2017
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Resident Evil: Vendetta
It’s been interesting to watch the two Resident Evil Franchises play out right next to each other. While the live action Resident Evil series (that just wrapped up after nearly 15 years) got the head start on the animated franchise by about 8 years, the animated films have been going strong ever since about 2010 with Resident Evil: Degeneration. What seemed like a one-off DTV animated move from Sony spawned another sequel a few years later, and finally we get a third movie in the franchise with Vendetta. Both series have run parallel to each other in releases, but neither the live action, nor the animated trio of movies crossover and take away from the other in any way shape or form. It’s well known that the Milla Jovovich films have about as much to do with the video game series as ice cream and rocks, but the animated films try to bridge that gap. Going back to the original characters and following many of the loose plotlines of the last few Resident Evil videogames, they still manage to forge their own path by deviating just enough to differentiate themselves from video game cutscenes, but also keeping enough of the original tone and feel of the games (along with animation style) to be a little more faithful to the source than the live action sextet.
Last time we left off Umbrella Corp was finally destroyed. However, the technology to animate the dead with the famous T-virus is still alive and well as smaller factions use said technology to create bigger and better Bioweapons to create chaos and profit. The latest in the long line of self-serving monsters is Glenn Arias (John DeMita), an arms dealer who had his family slaughtered at his very own wedding. Now he’s gone underground and has created a new virus called the A-Virus. This one works similarly to the T-Virus, except it can be modified to create bioweapons who know friend from foe, and target accordingly. When Chris Redfield (Kevin Dorman) is sent to capture Arias, he finds out that he’s bitten off a bit more than he can chew when he’s confronted with Arias’ new and improved monsters.
Heading back home Chris tries to attain the help of Dr. Rebecca Chambers (Erin Cahill), who has just about found a cure for the outbreak, when she is kidnapped under his very nose by his new nemesis. Now his only hope is bringing in another legendary zombie hunter in the form of Leon Kennedy (voiced by video game voice actor Matthew Mercer). The only thing is, Leon is sick and tired of living his life this way. He’s stuck in a little Midwest town drinking his sorrows away with Whiskey and cheap vodka, when he’s forced back into the fight once more.
It’s nice to see that we’re no longer dealing with Umbrella for once. Glenn Arias is not the megalomaniac corporate stooge like Albert Wesker or the rest, but is instead a simple arms dealer who’s been dealt a raw hand and is out for revenge. It’s just that his revenge is kind of global and he’s willing to turn millions of people into zombies to do so. Slight difference there. Having a goal and a destination with a timeline makes the film feel a little more urgent and streamlined than previous events, but it still can’t get over the one defining flaw that the live action series shares with it. The fact that after the first couple of movies they really don’t have any real NEED to exist. The heroes have a new badguy, a new villain and a new monster to fight, and then it’s rinse and repeat for the next film. The franchise certainly has legs, but they’re shaky legs and the repetitiveness of the series is its biggest weakness.
Rated R for bloody violence throughout
- "The Creature"
- "Motion Capture Set Tour with Dante Carver"
- "CGI to Reality: Designing Vendetta"
• Still gallery (30 sketches/designs)
• Filmmaker Audio Commentary (in Japanese) with Director Takanori Tsujimoto, Executive Producer Takashi Shimizu and Writer Makoto Fukami
• "BSAA Mission Briefing: Combat Arias"
• "Designing The World of Vendetta"
• "2016 Tokyo Game Show Footage"
Resident Evil: Vendetta is what I like to call a nice “filler” movie. The animated trio that is out (so far) don’t really connect to the movies, and only loosely connect to plot points in the games as well, making them fun little 90 minutes (ish) romps that are meant to be taken as a side story from what we know cinematically, as well as what we know in the game world. Vendetta is about on par with the last two films, and was a fun little movie that really is just a fluffy piece of cotton candy monster movie mayhem. It’s not great, but it’s a yummy little treat that is worth checking out if you enjoy the Resident Evil universe. The audio and video is a solid thumbs up from me, and the extras are pretty cool with a nice 2nd disc of special features to enjoy. The 4K enjoys some noticeable changes from the Blu-ray, meaning that if you're going to be picking up the disc, I still would definitely recommend going with the 4K experience. Worth checking out.
Starring: Orion Acaba, Erin Cahill, Darin De Paul
Directed by: Takanori Tsujimoto
Written by: Makoto Fukami, Joe McClean (Adaptation)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), Arabic, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish DD 5.1
Studio: Sony Pictures
Runtime: 97 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: July 18th, 2017
Recommendation: Fun Watch