Resident Evil Vendetta (2017) - Review
I've been a Resident Evil fan for a long time. Over that time, being a fan has had its ups and downs. Most of the games have been awesome, for one reason or another. The live-action movies were... cool in a sci-fi (less Resident Evil) sort of way. Then you have the CGI movies that have come out. There's Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008), Resident Evil: Damnation (2012) and now Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017). One of the cool things about the CGI movies is they are set in the same universe as the video games. Vendetta is set between the games Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
The story was written by Makoto Fukami and is based on the Resident Evil video game by Capcom. Now, I'll admit the story is a little weak in spots, but visually, for a hundred and fifteen minutes, you're eyes will be grateful that you watched Vendetta. The story covers Chris Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers trying to stop Glenn Arias from releasing the A-Virus (Animality Virus). After someone is infected, the A-Virus lays dormant in them until the right trigger is presented to wake the virus and then... insta-zombie! Be it a small out break or full on zombie hordes, the trigger is in the hands of a man looking for vengeance and he has to be stopped.
Like I said, the story is a little weak in spots, be it unnecessary dialogue that takes up usable movie time or lack of needed information for the story, but for the most part, it's a really good story. Even though the story takes place between games 6 and 7 you can still enjoy the movie. I'm behind on my Resident Evil games so I had no clue what I was getting into, but as it turned out the story is set up so a non-gamer can sit down and still enjoy watching it. Yeah, there are throw backs to the game like character relations etc, but you're filled in on who people/things are so you're not lost in the movie.
I liked the playthrough of the movie, but I had a bit of trouble with the pace. When it's on, it's on and I was hooked, but there are spots where things started to slow down a little too much for me. Either way, I was never bored watching it though.
Some of the voice cast is Kevin Dorman as Chris Redfield, Matthew Mercer as Leon S. Kennedy, Erin Cahill as Rebecca Chambers, Kari Wahlgren as Nadia, Arif S. Kinchen as D.C., Arnie Pantoja as Damian, Cristina Vee as Maria Gomez, Fred Tatasciore as Diego Gomez and John DeMita as Glenn Arias.
Visually, the last two animated Resident Evil movies looked good, but Vendetta blows them both out of the water. There are a few spots where Leon or Chris have a close quarters gun/fist fight and everyone moved so smoothly during those scenes. I dug Diego's (one of Arias's henchmen) mutated flesh and metal look, but it was even cooler when he ditches the metal and takes his mutation to the next level. Only thing I can think of that I didn't really like visually was the zombie hordes. When there was a group of zombies that didn't matter to the story, their look all kind of blended together. Yeah, the hoards were action scene cannon fodder so it didn't matter who they were, but when four zombies walk in and it seems like the character has been fighting eight or ten the scene starts to feel weird. Aside from my nit picking the hoards, everything else (people, movement, and scenes) looked killer.
Now, Vendetta is rated R for violence and there is a lot of, but the gore level was lower than I was expecting for a zombie flick. Most of the time during zombie attacks the scenes get bloody, but nothing pulled apart messy. That's not saying there's no gore at all because there are a some pretty sick scenes that you'll get a kick out of.
Overall, if you're a Resident Evil fan or even if you don't know anything about the games, Vendetta is definitely worth a watch.