Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Netflix Queue Review: Resident Evil: Degeneration

Resident Evil: Degeneration
Late 2 The Game Score: 2 out of 5

Netflix Availability: DVD and Blu-ray

What ever happened to Claire Redfield, Leon Kennedy, and the rest of the good ol' Resident Evil gang? If you've ever posed yourself this question, or others like it, Resident Evil: Degeneration is here to quench your thirst for cryptic plots and confusing character interactions.

Degeneration apparently takes place some time between the events of Resident Evil 4 and 5, and brings back familiar characters from the preceding games. Unlike the live action films starring Milla Jovovich, this Resident Evil movie follows the same story line as the games. It fits in with the game all the better because it is completely CG and plays out like a very long cut scene with no silly gameplay to get in the way of the story. The problem is that there just isn't much of a story.

Most of the movie is taken up by dry dialogue meant to bring everyone that hasn't played the games up to speed, and the rest of the film (which is very little indeed) is filled with ultimately unsatisfying action sequences that seem like they were cobbled together from snippets of the many Resident Evil games' cut scenes.

If you find yourself needing a quick primer on the Resident Evil universe, you might want to take a look at Resident Evil: Degeneration. Otherwise, you might as well just wait for Resident Evil 5 to come out. At least then you'll get to play some game between those confusing cut scenes.

1 comment:

azazoth said...

Yeah, the movie played out like a series of quick-time events.

http://www.gamecouch.com/2009/01/resident-evil-degeneration/