Resident Evil: Degeneration

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
Resident Evil: Degeneration Movie Poster Image
Violent video game becomes CGI zombiefest.
  • R
  • 2008
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

None of the muddled characterizations go very deep, but the elite paramilitary heroes here show a code of always trying to save lives of victims (the uninfected, anyway) and comrades, no matter what. The Resident Evil universe continues the theme that big business is a breeding ground for powerful villains, boundless malice, and inhumanity. Characters seem multi-ethnic, with the qualifier that this is Japanese computer-animated; many have the Asian-but-not-quite-Asian facial features seen in "anime" cartoons.

Violence

Frequent carnage inflicted on humans and humans-turned zombies, including close-range gunshots to the head and limbs, being blown up, and set on fire. Blood spatters as humans are bitten by zombies. One character metamorphosizes into a grotesque monster, who is repeatedly shot, knifed, smashed, incinerated, etc. A piece of glass pierces a character's leg. An airline crash and a few humongous explosions.

Sex
Language

Use of "s--t"and "a--hole."

Consumerism

There's a certain popular video game (and live-action movie series) this ties into, complete with a guide to the new game iteration on the DVD.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil: Degeneration is not a direct continuation of the Resident Evil live-action movies. It's a computer-generated feature that carries over none of the established characters, although place names and overarching background story will be familiar to longstanding viewers. Those unfamiliar with the first two films in the series (and the video games) may wonder what's going on. Action is intense, and there's bloody violence consisting mostly of zombies being shot in the head and a mutant monster on the rampage. Some mild swearing happens, and big corporations, businessman, and politicians are depicted (usually) as forces of evil.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytonyc21 January 31, 2010

play RE4 instead

I really hope this isnt canon, cause it was so stupid! Leons only 2 facial expressions were angry and constipated. It makes no reference to the events of the la... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMr. Tights June 8, 2012

Not that amazing but not terrible

If I was to rate this movie it would be: R Bloody violence, disturbing images and some language
Kid, 12 years old March 8, 2011

Perfect for anyone who likes this kind of stuff mostly boys

I think it's a very cool movie because me and my younger brother watch the live-action Resident Evil movies and play the video games as well (freakishly co... Continue reading

What's the story?

RESIDENT EVIL: DEGENERATION, like the other graphically violent Resident Evil movies, are based on a popular series of Capcom video games in which players must use weaponry against contagious flesh-eating ghouls and monstrous mutations, the results of an amoral, high-tech corporation that unleashed a genetically-modified "T-virus" strain. Seeing the original Resident Evil and its first sequel are key to comprehending (maybe) this digital-animated spinoff, with a new cast of characters. A giant pharmaceutical corporation has a cure for the dreaded T-virus, but outbreaks of zombies around the world suggest that either terrorists wield the virus or the drug industry is deliberately spreading the plague for their own gain. A T-virus outbreak at the international airport in mythical "Harvardville" traps a number of people, including a disagreeable US senator and battle-hardened activists who escaped a previous zombie holocaust at Raccoon City. Their plight leads eventually to the health company's enormous subterranean lab/complex (never a safe place in these movies!), where an even deadlier mutation, the "G-virus," is housed.

Is it any good?

The decision -- probably very cost-effective -- to render it in CGI makes this violent movie look very much like the video games on which it's based. (Imagine a console playing in "demo" mode for an hour and half.) Maybe there's a bit more plot to Resident Evil: Degeneration than that, but even with occasional emotion and intrigue, you're rarely engaged with the story in the rudimentary degree you might were these flesh-and-blood actors. Though backdrops are photo-realistic (and the crash of a zombie-ridden airliner a spectacular effect), the mostly unmemorable characters/icons have unresponsive, doll-like faces whose blank expressions can either signify "I love you" or "Oh, all my teammates have been killed and my brother's turned into a ravening hell-beast determined to mate with me." On the plus side, graphic violence is a little less sickening in an all-digital milieu, and swearing, sex, and bad taste have been toned down from the live-action installments. Those are very faint "virtues," mind you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of zombie-gore movies like Resident Evil: Degeneration and compare the slam-bang action of Resident Evil and its sequels to the more up-gross-and-personal realism of Night of the Living Dead and 28 Days Later. Which is spookier?

  • This Resident Evil movie looks just like the Capcom video game come to life, rather than the live-action features. Is it more effective? What's more relatable: "real" people or computer-generated ones?

  • Which is more entertaining: the interactive zombie-killing game experience, or the passive one, watching other characters carry out the perilous work? What effect does this format have on the influence of the violence

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