Resident Evil: Degeneration
In a style only reminiscent from the original PlayStation in the early 90's, Resident Evil Degeneration
returns us to Resident Evil's CG roots. Even though corny at times, Degeneration is interesting enough to attract any Resident Evil fan.
Resident Evil Degeneration known in Japan as Biohazard: Degeneration , 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. The main characters are Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who appear together for the first time since Resident Evil 2.
The general premise is set 7 years after the events at Raccoon City occurred and about a year after the events in Resident Evil 4. Claire Redfield now works for TerraSave, an organization which handles search and rescue at chemical and biological attacks. She arrives in Harvardville to look after a friend's niece. Shortly after, all hell breaks loose. A man was allowed to board one of the airplanes in a less than desirable condition. It turns out he is infected with the T-virus and proceeds to infect others upon landing. The situation becomes too much to handle so the government brings in a familiar face who has dealt effectively with these situations before, Leon Kennedy.
Fans of the beloved zombie video game will find this amusing and at times quiver to the edge of their seats. Unfortunately anyone who isn't a fan needs to be informed of Resident Evil's back story. Degeneration lacks an introduction to the past. The horrible events that transpired at Raccoon City are mentioned but never fully delved into.
The voice acting is a bit emotionless and corny at times. We are reunited with the original voice of Claire Redfield (Alyson Court), fans of the game will recognize her right away. Sometimes when characters are trying to form connections and relationships with each other it falls awkwardly flat. The voices just don't connect. The cg movements don't help either.
Even so, the story is compelling enough to hook the viewer. Everyone loves zombies. It's great to see our favorite heroes reunited against the powers that be, mainly zombies and horrendous mutated creatures. There's also political turmoil and new characters are introduced. Voice Actress, Laura Bailey voices Angela Miller. Bailey is known for lending her voice talents to several high profile animes and she lends her voice to Degeneration. Fans won't be disappointed with her on board.
Resident Evil Degeneration may not be the best movie but it is definitely worth a watch. It is also the only Resident Evil movie to closely resemble the video game and the famous Resident Evil storyline.
3 ½ stars out of 5.
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