Thursday, September 23, 2004

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

The Umbrella Corporation introduces Regenerate, a revolutionary new product that actually brings dead cells... back to life. Always consult a physician before starting treatment. Some side effects may occur.

The Umbrella Corporation... our business is life itself.


Blogger Meshon said...

If you plan on seeing the movie, maybe hold off on reading my comment, I might spoil it for you.

It was fun to watch this movie with the idea of monsters in mind. The clearest message is that creating life with technology is a tricky business, and will lead to disaster, especially when ambiguosly European scientists are involved. However, in this movie the lines are blurred a bit. The same DNA experimentation that creates Nemesis also infects Mila Jovovich. Nemesis is a near-classic Frankenstein's creature; massive, muscular, deformed, inarticulate and implacable (sadly he never gets to read Plutarch or Milton). Jovovich's character, Alice, is a hottie, but she too is a force of violence and destruction. We can't always tell the monsters by how they look. I don't think there was any deep intent to explore ideas of monstrosity here, but I will continue to think about this movie in terms of the culture that created and consumes it. The connection of corporate power and capitalism unfettered by morality is worth exploring; There is also a sweet scene near the end, a montage of media clips that begins with the Umbrella Corporation implicated in the detonation of a nuclear device that annihilated a city and ends with the same corporation being praised by authorities for their quick thinking and assistance.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Allison Muri said...

Very interesting stuff! I'd love to see this. From the little I see in the preview, it would seem the film is very much concerned with rendering a vision of the monstrous potential of "playing God." It's remarkable how film companies are capitalizing on fear. Making a change to cellular DNA won't inevitably turn us into monsters, but it's terror that people seem to relish...

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't think this movie is capiltalizing on people's fear of genetic manipulation. It's just a backstory that allows zombies to exist and makes much more sense than that occult nonsense seen in other zombie movies. However, I agree with Meshon that the movie centralizes on corporate power.

Besides, I didn't find the movie that scary, it was just really damn cool.

5:44 PM  

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