So, yeah. Today, I'm gonna share a tiny slice of awesome. Resident Evil: Damnation
For those of you not familiar with the Resident Evil series of video games, they started as the pinnacle of Playstation zombie survival horror in 1996. It was originally released in Japan by the name of "Biohazard" and I'm fairly certain that they didn't get to KEEP that name in the US due to trademark infringement lawsuits. It is currently one of the most successful multi-media game franchises in the world.
And I suck at it. Bad. When I picked up the first one it took me three days to get past the first fucking screen because I couldn't aim the fucking gun.
|He's better at it than I am.|
Damnation is the second of the CGI RE films and, frankly, it's the superior of the two. It takes place in a near-future analogue of an Eastern Slavic nation in the throes of a burgeoning revolution. Leon, the primary hero of the franchise, no matter what Milla Jovovich would have you believe, is an American operative there to root out the revolutionaries whom he believes is using biological Bio-Organic Weapons (BOW's) in their bid for power.
|Gene Simmons, eat your heart out.|
And they now have handlers. People infected with a "Plaga", which gives them control over the undead. Oddly, no one really states who made the Plaga to begin with and no mention of the Umbrella Corporation is mentioned. This does not deter from my enjoyment of the film, though.
|This guy? Deters a little. I wanted him to die horribly.|
Suffice it to say that regardless of the awesomeness of the action and the nifty creatures and the weapon-y doo-dads, ALL of these movies, CGI and live-action alike, veer directly into "action" territory and, eventually, leave the horror angle behind which makes me a little sad. Yeah, we want to see the good guys win but did we really need a fuckin' Chun-Li battle in the Slavic equivalent of the Oval Office?
|Politicians are not supposed to be fuckin' ninjas, man!|
|Because she said so.|