Nov 222020

Resident Evil: Apocalypse isn’t terrible and never made me angry, yet doesn’t get near the good-bad realm. However, I still like Milla Jovovich in the lead here and the addition of Sienna Guillory was nice.



Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Genre(s): Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Sony | R/Unrated – 94 min. / 98 min. | November 17, 2020

Date Published: 11/22/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Alexander Witt
Writer(s): Paul W.S. Anderson (written by)
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Thomas Kretschmann, Sophie Vavasseur, Jared Harris, Mike Epps, Sandrine Holt, Iain Glen

Features: Commentaries, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: English (Dolby Atmos), English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Hindi (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Polish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 2160p/Widescreen 2.39
Dynamic Range: HDR10
Subtitles: English SDH, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai
Codecs: HEVC / H.265
Region(s): A, B, C

Sony Pictures provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

Note: The screen captures were taken from the Blu-ray disc and do not represent the 4K Ultra HD transfer.


Plot Synopsis: A deadly virus from a secret Umbrella Corporation laboratory underneath Raccoon City is exposed to the world. Umbrella seals off the city to contain the virus, creating a ghost town where everyone trapped inside turns into a mutant zombie. Alice (MILLA JOVOVICH), a survivor from Umbrella’s secret lab, meets former Umbrella security officer Jill Valentine (SIENNA GUILLORY) and mercenary Carlos Oliviera (ODED FEHR). Together, they search for a scientist (JARED HARRIS) who might be able to help.

Quick Hit Review: I’m all for dumb action films but there has to be other elements, maybe it’s fun characters, an engaging enough storyline or just made you feel like you had a good time when it was all over and done. While yes, Resident Evil: Apocalypse has some ridiculous action scenes, in the end, I wasn’t in the least bit entertained, mainly because, as I stated in other reviews concerning zombies, I’m not much a fan of them as I don’t find them very scary, ditto for mutated monsters.

The film is by no means horrible and I did manage to sit through without becoming angry, yet having now watched this a couple of times, it is what it is for me: a forgettable bad movie and yet another poorly made video game adaptation. At least it kept my attention watching Milla Jovovich and Sienna Guillory kick some ass, so that’s a positive.



Released as part of the Resident Evil: Limited Edition Collection, the 4K UHD and Blu-ray discs are housed in a digipak packaging with cardboard on the front and back and plastic hubs inside.

Teaser Trailer (1:24) and Theatrical Trailer (2:30)

Audio Commentaries:

  • Director Alexander Witt, Producer Jeremy Bolt and Executive Producer Robert Kulzer
  • Actors Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr and Sienna Guillory
  • Writer/Producer Paul W.S. Anderson and Producer Jeremy Bolt

Featurettes includes Babe Games (11:05) on the strength of the two female leads, Symphony of Evil (7:42) breakdown of the visual effects and stunt-work and last Corporate Malfeasance (2:54) about the evils of the Umbrella Corporation.

20 Deleted Scenes (11:57)


VIDEO – 4½/5

Sony Pictures releases Resident Evil: Apocalypse onto 4K Ultra HD and shown with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 2160p high-definition transfer. The picture is a noticeable improvement over the Blu-ray as I found it more detailed by comparison and while a fair chunk of the movie, especially the finale, takes place at night, there are some pops of color and black levels are stark and there were no noticeable instances of artifacts and the like.

AUDIO – 4¾/5

The disc comes with a strong Dolby Atmos track, a slight upgrade over the Blu-ray’s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 option, which is available here as well. There is some nice dichotomy going on between the action sequences and the more ambient noises, though there is more of the former as there aren’t too many quiet scenes, or when it does get quiet, you know a zombie or creature will come popping out.


OVERALL – 3¾/5

Resident Evil: Apocalypse isn’t terrible and never made me angry, yet doesn’t get near the good-bad realm. However, I still like Milla Jovovich in the lead here and the addition of Sienna Guillory was nice, though as I would find out, her Jill Valentine character is not utilized very well when she re-appears in Resident Evil: Retribution, now as a heel towards Jovovich’s Alice.





The screen captures came from the Blu-ray copy and are here to add visuals to the review and do not represent the 4K video.

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