Fans of the Resident Evil game series have long lamented the live-action Paul W.S. Anderson films. Despite the striking Milla Jovovich’s presence in the films, the lack of continuity has been a source of contention. That along with the Jovovich’s Alice character who doesn’t exist in Resident Evil’s video game world, leaves many fans fuming. As if a number of them weren’t disappointed enough, with the games also seeming to be abandoning their zombie horror roots for a brighter and more action-oriented mainstream presentation.
A couple of years ago, before Resident Evil 5 was released for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, Resident Evil creators, Capcom teamed up with Sony to release a computer animated Resident Evil film, Degeneration. The film was kind of a tie-in between games to let fans know what happened over the previous few years and featured a trailer for the upcoming game. If that sounds like a poor premise for releasing a full priced Blu-ray disc, you’re supported by the majority of critics that reviewed the film.
Fast forward to now with Resident Evil 6 just released in North America and Europe. Again Capcom and Sony have released a computer animated Resident Evil film that bridges the story between the most recent games. Catered toward those console gamers, both Degeneration and Damnation have trouble standing on their own. Instead, they cater to the gamers the live-action films seem to dismiss. Those considering buying the new Resident Evil: Damnation should keep in mind that without the context only the games provide, following the story is difficult.
Like Degeneration, Leon Kennedy is the star of Resident Evil: Damnation. He is sent to the war torn former Soviet bloc East Slavic Republic looking for Bio-organic weapons. It doesn’t take him long to discover that a faction is using the Las Plagas parasite. The Las Plagas was first seen in Leon’s Resident Evil 4 adventure and the film always feels like there should be a quick time event on the screen and a subsequent level of gameplay following. Adding to the sensation is the shifting views between Leon’s first-person view and the more cinematic scenes between.