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Genre: CG Animation
Director: Makoto Kamiya
Rating: M18 (Violence)
Year Made: 2008




- A look at the Resident Evil 5 video game
- The Generation of Degeneration featurette
- Voice bloopers
- Faux Leon interview
- Resident Evil: Degeneration trailers
- Character profiles



Languages: English/Thai/Spanish/Portuguese
Subtitles: English/Thai/Chinese/
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment




A zombie attack brings chaos to Harvardville Airport. Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield who fought the sinister Umbrella Corporation during the Raccoon City tragedy 7 years ago, are back. In high-octane Resident Evil style, they're ready to battle a rogue warrior who is seeking revenge after his family was killed in Raccoon City. The deadly G-Virus is unleashed and a new mutated monster goes on the rampage. Will Claire and Leon be able to terminate the virus before history repeats itself?


I’m not a fan of the Resident Evil series but I’m sure there’s a lot here that will please aficionados of the franchise- countless zombies disposed of in gory bloodletting fashion, corporate conspiracies involving the government and some privately owned biotechnological company, and to top it off, two heroes, Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy from the games’ bestselling volume Resident Evil 2.

As the first original CG movie to be produced for the franchise, the makers of the game and also the producers of this movie, Capcom Entertainment, seem to have paid great attention to make sure that the look of the movie actually resembles the environment of the game. Whether is it the fictional Harvardville airport where the infection first begins, or the WiiPharma facility where the action shifts to in the second half of the movie, one cannot help but marvel at the near photorealistic finish of the landscapes.

Pity then that what painstaking labour must be gone into creating the various environments is unfortunately at odds with the shoddy character rendering. Within its opening few minutes, one will surely notice the jarring lack of synchronicity between the characters’ lip movements and their dialogue. Just as obvious is the stilted motion of the characters on screen, especially when they are walking, as well as the stony, inexpressive nature of their faces.

Indeed, the CG animation here has its fair share of hits and misses- beautiful in some parts and appalling in others. Ditto for the movie’s script- despite keeping things moving along efficiently during the film’s first and last third, its middle section is a convoluted mess that could have used a little more finesse. As it is, the overindulgent exposition on filling in the characters’ backstories and possible WiiPharma conspiracies actually derails the fine sense of pacing the movie has built up from the start.

Otherwise, Resident Evil Degeneration wisely leaves the events of Raccoon City and the T-virus behind so to begin a different chapter of the Resident Evil story in a new city. Instead of the deccimated Raccoon City, we get a new picturesque town called Harvardville and also an updated, more potent strain of virus known simply as the G-virus. And what a shrewd change it is- so rather than the countless hordes of zombies we usually see, the showdown at the end is now even more climatic with an absolute bad-ass mutated monster.

Yes, if you were disappointed by the film adaptations of Resident Evil by a certain Paul W.S. Anderson, this CG original movie coming from a Japanese team will definitely offer fans loads more to chew on. And if you’re not already a fan, no matter- there’s still plenty of thrills here to satisfy the action junkie craving in you.


The Generation of Degeneration
is a 30-minute in-depth look at the birth of this movie, especially notable for how faithful the makers have been to the source material. Definitely worth a look at for fans of the game. There’s also a sneak peek at the just-released Resident Evil 5 video game that looks so similr to this movie that you’ll be forgiven it’s a trailer for the sequel. Not so interesting are the Faux Leon interview (an interview with the voice actor behind Leon S. Kennedy), and some voice bloopers that are less amusing than puzzling.


Great visual transfer makes the landscapes look beautifully realistic. The Dolby 5.1 audio track will also certainly please you during the many action scenes in the movie.



Review by Gabriel Chong


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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