Wednesday, 15 September 2010

J's Chimes: The Residents Are A Mixture Evil...


And so after the launch of the movie Resident Evil Afterlife 5 days backs, fans are now reminiscing the Resident Evil game that started it all. In fact, the movie is actually a mixture of storylines from Resident Evil Code Veronica, Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. This series is also known as Bio Hazard in Japan (Which sounds so much like the theme of this game or movie...) and as the game was first created by Capcom Japan...

Warning: Below are some spoilers if you have not watched the movie

Having seen the movie, I bet all Resident Evil fans will also see the various similarities as taken from the games to the movie for Afterlife. Believe it or not, the director wants to incorporate it into the movie for the fans and not stray from the original storyline in the game somehow or another (I think they already did strayed a lot from the game as seen from past chapters of the movie...). So to stay true to its franchise, we shall now look into the similarities as per being seen in the movie and in the game.

THE ENEMIES

1.) Los Ganados with Las Plagas. (Origination: Resident Evil 4 & 5)

Originally from the 4th Resident Evil series and later revamped in Resident Evil 5, these zombies are able to spread the infection by clamming the heads of victims with it's claw-like tentacles and vomiting out a parasite into their mouths. However in the movie, it seems as though the zombies have evolved into that form instead of the game which is actually infected by a new virus.

2.) Executioner Majjni (Origination: Resident Evil 5)

This huge Axe wielding zombie is seen in the first chapter of the Resident Evil 5 series. The designs for movie and the game is almost the same and perhaps one of the scariest enemies around as a single swipe could prove fatal. Staying true to the series, it seems the director have decided to add this in the fray. Though in the movie, it seems like this axe swinging apocalypse is easily decapitated by a double barrel shotgun by Claire Redfield and Alice...

3.) Adjule Zombie Dogs (Origination: Resident Evil 4 & 5 and in fact almost all...)

Perhaps one the most heart pounding enemies in the Resident Evil Series. Zombie dogs are fast and hard to target on and appears in almost all of the RE franchise. But it is not only until RE4 & 5 that these dogs split it's head up to reveal the Las Plagas from within. A nice little clear example is as shown in the movie which tends to creep people out... Especially those who yet to know what the heck is Resident Evil and play the game before... But I just don't get why the dogs like Wesker. Perhaps they are all the same?

4.) Albert Wesker - Superhuman Form (Origination: Resident Evil Code Veronica & 5)

The biggest enemy of them all... His appearance is a must with Chris & Claire Redfield in the movie. Somehow or rather, the movie depicts him as a really weak guy when fighting against Alice (Who has already become a human thanks to Wesker himself). However this is not the case in Resident Evil 5 where he just seems so strong and could even catch a missile from a rocket launcher lol...

THE ACTION & SCENES

1.) Fight scene between Claire and Chris Redfield with Wesker (Origination: Resident Evil 5)
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Video clips speak louder than photos and pictures... In comparison with the movie, it is seriously similar in many ways. However, Chris Redfield is teamed up with his partner Jill Valentine for this confrontation. Notice the warping of Albert Wesker dodging the bullets which is so similar to the game. Not to mention some of the actions too...

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Here's another scene taken from the game where Albert Wesker threw his spectacles at them and began his fight. However, Chris Redfield is teamed up with Sheva from the Resident Evil 5 series. This flying specs scene is way too similar...

2.) Executioner Knocking Down Gate (Origination: Resident Evil 5)

Well, you can see it again in the movie where the executioner uses his heavy looking axe and smashed the gates. Surprisingly it looked pretty good but could had been better if it wasn't so easily killed... As to compare with the game... ya really wanna dodge away from this bugger's axe and not go against it...

3.) Umbrella Experimental Facility (Origination: Resident Evil 5)

Though it doesn't look exactly the same, the area where chambers are used to store test subjects are seemingly taken from Resident Evil 5 when Chris Redfield stumbled upon the Umbrella Secret Lab with Tricell. I guess they took the idea from there and transplanted it into the movie, except that this was in a ship instead of an underground research facility.

4.) Arcadia Island - Antarctica Umbrella Corp (Origination: Resident Evil Code Veronica)

Surprisingly, this scene reminds people of the Resident Evil Code Veronica Series where Claire Redfield and Steve were brought to the Umbrella Corp in Antarctica as planned by Alfred Ashford. Somehow it is changed in the movie and treated as a rumored safe haven for the uninfected. I dunno... maybe I'm wrong about this...

5.) Mind Control Device (Origination: Resident Evil 5)
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Haha... I can't believe that this actually appears in the movies too... Anyway, this little gizmo that mind controls the subject when attached to their chest. A scene which can be seen in Resident Evil 5 where Jill Valentine is mind controlled by Wesker and Chris had to take off off... It is really funny to watch people's expression who doesn't know anything about the Resident Evil Franchise and wondering what the heck is this thing...

5.) Tanker - Ship (Origination: Resident Evil 5)
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Without a doubt it's taken from here except that there were no big monsters but Wesker to to battle with. I prefer the game storyline for this part. I guess the movie has its limitations...


There are actually a couple of more scenes like the plane crash on the mountain and the nuclear destruction of the city which is kinda similar and inspired from the Resident Evil Franchise. Well, you do need to give what the fans would want and make something similar so that heads would not shake... And that they can relate it to the series without straying and staying devoted to the World of Resident Evil... Here's a little trailer for the movie as a quick preview of things...

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