Resident Evil Vendetta

You belong in a nuthouse, asshole!

Year Released : 2017

Director : Takanori Tsujimoto

Cast : (the voices of) Matthew Mercer, Kevin Dorman, Erin Cahill and John DeMita

So recently I’ve been on a mission to lose weight, I need to be a certain upper limit before surgery and therefore I have spent a lot of days recently at the gym. Before each session I go into the local CEX store and buy a DVD to watch whilst I’m exercising. Sometimes this will be sports, sometimes a comedy, just something to take my mind off of how boring the gym and exercising actually is.

So a few days ago I was browsing and came across “Resident Evil : Vendetta”, the third CGI movie in the franchise and as the other two were surprisingly decent, I got excited, went to the counter, handed over my 50 pence and off to the gym I went.

I’ve now lost the weight required, no thanks to this film.

Plot

Whilst on a mission, Chris Redfield (Dorman) is easily defeated by a mysterious man named Glenn Arias (DeMita). Arias is seeking revenge on the American government after everyone at his wedding, including his wife, was killed by a missile, and he has subsequently created a new zombie virus, although Rebecca Chambers (Cahill) successfully figures out how it works and creates a vaccine.

Knowing he will need help to defeat Arias, Chris turns to Leon Kennedy (Mercer), but when Rebecca is kidnapped and plans are revealed to zombify New York City, they know they have a race against time to stop a seemingly unstoppable man and his infected army.

So is it as good as the other in the animated franchise?

In short, no.

This film is set between the events of the games “Resident Evil 6” and “Resident Evil 7”, but it is most definitely closer to the former in terms of tension and actual excitement…or as it is otherwise known, completely non-existent. At 97 minutes long, there were so many instances of generic action involving characters that just aren’t that interesting, and all for a zombie-apocalypse which isn’t that well realised or even seemingly over threatening, it’s just kind of there

Much like the last few of the live action movies, the action feels so forced and completely unnatural (and yes, I realise that this is an animation that is based on a computer game) that you fail to really care, and one of the issues that causes this is the central character being Chris Redfield, who is easily one of the least interesting lead characters in the entire franchise. Because the focus on him, a lot like the sixth numbered game, it ends up just feeling like his sections are nothing more than “Call of Duty” knock offs.

It wouldn’t be so bad if there was something recoverable about the whole mess, something that I could look at afterwards and go “you know, that part wasn’t so bad”, but unfortunately it wasn’t. The action was generic, the characters are devoid of anything remotely resembling something interesting to say and the bad guy is from page one of a book called “How to be a bad guy”.

The fact that this review is considerably shorter than normal should tell you just how little there is in this that is really noteworthy.

Summary

Generic, bland and completely devoid of anything even remotely resembling something interesting, “Resident Evil : Vendetta” is just as tedious as the only game in the franchise that featured both Chris and Leon.

The characters are dull, the voice acting is uninspired (which is remarkable given that Matthew Mercer reprises his voice role as Leon from the games) and the actually story itself is completely devoid of anything remotely resembling anything to care about.

Just don’t waste your time or money.

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