With no Milla Jovovich in sight and a story that stays true to the RE universe more or less, Resident Evil: Damnation exceeds the somewhat low expectations set for it as it provides a fun and somewhat thrilling experience. On top of the standard RE levels of diabolical plans which are never laid out perfectly, Damnation ends up being a good action movie which rests high above the mediocre and dreadful offerings we've received in the past.
+ Story is simple, dumb, filled typical characters – it’s pure Resident Evil.
+ Leon isn’t a muscle bound mope with an emo haircut as he’s instead a one-liner cracking badass.
+ None of the action scenarios are similar to one another and ….
+ Stylistically the movie has some true character to it even though the visuals are a bit inconsistent.
+ Acting manages to make a silly plot acceptable thanks to the talents of actors such as Matthew Mercer.
- Visuals are inconsistent in some areas and aren’t prime top-tier material.
- Plot has some rather gaping holes but such a thing is par for the course for the RE franchise.
Sometimes when we play a video game we may come to a certain realization, in particular the wonderful thought of “Wouldn’t this be cool as a movie?” For the last decade or so video games have matched if not exceeded the scope of certain Hollywood movies, but at the same time the feeling always creeps up on us of seeing a particular world brought to life in a live-action setting and perhaps being expanded upon, either to add a little more thematic juice to the story or even up the action quotient higher than what we were able to control.