Resident Evil: Apocalypse
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Resident Evil: Apocalypse can be found here.

After surviving the initial outbreak of the T-virus in the underground Umbrella Corporation facility known as the Hive (in Resident Evil), Alice (Milla Jovovich) awakens in the hospital only to find that the T-virus has escaped, Raccoon City has become infested with zombies and lickers, and the city has been sealed at its perimeter. Realizing also that, while she was recuperating, she has been bio-genetically enhanced with super speed, strength, and agility, Alice joins forces with Umbrella's STARS (Special Tactics and Rescue Services) team members Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), Carlos Olivera (Oded Fehr), and Nikolai Ginovaeff (Zack Ward) along with weather reporter Terri Morales (Sandrine Holt) and street savvy L.J. Wade (Mike Epps) to find a way out of Raccoon City before Umbrella nukes it in a coverup attempt. They must first, however, rescue 11-year-old Angela Ashford (Sophie Vavasseur), the daughter of Dr Charles Ashford (Jared Harris), the scientist who created the T-virus, because he is the only one who can safely evacuate them. Meanwhile, Umbrella has dispatched their secret weapon Nemesis (Matthew G. Taylor) to track and destroy all STARS personnel.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse is based on a screenplay by English film director, Paul W.S. Anderson, who based his story on a survival horror video game series created by Japanese video game designer Shinji Mikami and released in 1996 as Biohazard in Japan and Resident Evil in English-speaking countries. The movie was subsequently novelized in 2004 by Keith R.A. DeCandido. Resident Evil: Apocalypse is the second in a series of six movies. It was preceded by Resident Evil (2002) and followed by Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016).

Of course, it's always best to watch the first film in a series of sequels, but Apocalypse presents a summation at the beginning that details what happened in the first movie. Alice explains how she was head of security at the Umbrella Corporation, working in a secret high-tech facility called "the Hive", which was involved in developing experimental viral weaponry. Following an incident in which the T-virus escaped, everyone in the Hive was killed and turned into zombies. Only Alice and her colleague Matt Addison (Eric Mabius) managed to survive.

Alice and Matt carry the case with the T-virus and antivirus out of the Hive and into the mansion just as the doors go into lockdown. As they're sitting on the floor catching their breath, the wounds (caused by the Licker) on Matt's arm begin mutating. Suddenly, a group of Umbrella scientists in protective clothing burst into the mansion. Several of them tie Matt to a gurney and take him away, ordering him to be placed in the Nemesis program. Others subdue Alice and take her to Raccoon City Hospital to be placed in quarantine, while discussing how they're going to re-open the Hive to see what went on down there. Days (perhaps weeks) pass. Alice awakens in a locked room at the hospital, attached to numerous IV lines. She rips them all out and pounds on the window, but no one responds. She picks open the lock with an IV needle and makes her way outside to find the street littered with paper, dead cars, and small fires but no people or bodies. A newspaper headline reads "The Dead Walk", reporting that the T-virus has escaped from the Hive and spread to the city surface. In the final scene, Alice arms herself with a pump action shotgun retrieved from an abandoned police car and stands in the middle of the street, ready for action.

Ashford created the T-virus to help his crippled daughter Angie walk again. Unfortunately, this beneficial virus, created to cure dysfunctions and anomalies in the living human body, has disastrous effects on dead ones.

There are two methods of transmission: by inhalation of the airborne form and by being bitten (even scratched) by a T-virus-infected creature/zombie.

This occurrence is explained in the first film where the Red Queen (Michaela Dicker) reveals that the T-virus goes from the transition process of liquid to gas in a matter of hours. The virus was vented out through the ground after Umbrella reopened the Hive (which was located under Raccoon City). Apparently the virus or some form of it has the ability to reanimate dead bodies. Its effects upon vegetation and fungi are unclear, but a clue is given in the third film.

Rain (Michelle Rodriguez) was bitten more than four times (on the arms, hands, and neck.) so the virus spread much faster through her system. Olivera (Oded Fehr) was only bitten once on the arm.

Nemesis is a mutation of Matt Addison from the first film. As Nemesis, he is genetically altered and conditioned as part of "Project: Nemesis" to obey the Umbrella Corporation's commands. Partly "robotic" he may be, he is cyborg and mostly biological, as he has living tissue as most of his bodily structure. Yet, he still has some sort of computerized interface, as shown during his attack on the STARS team. The interface is most likely a device similar to a removable mind-control apparatus that appears in one of the sequels and attached to another character.

No explanation is given in the films, but there is no reason to believe that they are from the same breed of Licker. In the first film, the Red Queen keeps the identity of the Licker a secret until she explains it as "one of the Hive's early experiments." It's possible that the Lickers in Apocalypse were a later variety or were given a different variant of the T-virus.

Just in case you're a big fan of this flick and you can't get enough, take the German DVD release into consideration because it features an extended version of the movie which runs approximately 4 minutes longer than the R-rated theatrical release. Most of the new scenes feature some story extensions or jokes that help to improve the movie a bit because this extended version is more laid-back than the stiff and well-known action-orgy of the theatrical version. A detailed comparison between both versions can be found here.

The blast from the nuclear detonation over Raccoon City catches the helicopter evacuating Alice, Jill, Angela, Carlos, and J.L., causing it to crash in the Arklay Mountains on the outskirts of the city. Two hours later, Alice is rescued and taken to an Umbrella research station in Detroit, Michigan. No other bodies are recovered in the wreckage. Terri's footage blaming Umbrella for creating the zombies and the T-virus is proclaimed a hoax, and Umbrella releases a coverup story blaming it all on the explosion of a nuclear power plant, noting that Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera are wanted for questioning. Three weeks later, Alice awakens nude in a water tank. Dr Isaacs (Iain Glen) orders the water to be purged from the tank and Alice released. When they attempt to question her in order to find out what she remembers, Alice replies, "My name is Alice, and I remember everything." Clad only in a towel, Alice fights her way out of the hospital only to be confronted by dozens of armed guards. Suddenly, a car drives up and Carlos and Jill, disguised as Top Security Umbrella officers, collect Alice and drive away. Back inside the hospital, Dr Isaacs orders the guard at security gate to "Let them go." In the final scene, Isaacs says, "Program Alice activated," and a close-up of her eye shows a flashing Umbrella logo, while Alice sits silently, unresponsive to her friends' questions.

"Program: Alice" is the code name used by Umbrella's scientists to turn Alice into a super bio-weapon at the end of the film. Alice has already been genetically modified with enhanced strength and abilities at the end of Resident Evil, but she now has additional mental powers, i.e. psionics (including telekinesis).

No. Alice did not die and that was not a clone. When Alice died, Umbrella injected her with more of the T-virus, bringing her back to life with psionic powers. They say that she was the actual Alice and, in Resident Evil: Extinction, they confirm that Alice is the original Alice and that they did not start the clones until Extinction.

There were some newspaper clippings in Jill Valentine's apartment that said "STARS operative Jill Valentine and others are on temporary suspension after a mission in the Arklay Mountains", which implies that the Mansion Incident in the first game did happen in the movie universe but was not shown. This would explain how Jill knew so much about the zombies and the T-virus. No mention is made of Chris Redfield or any of the other survivors. So the events took place, but the way they happened are drastically changed.

In the video games, the Lickers are without eyes (their exposed brains hover where the eyes would be), and they rely on their sense of hearing to attack. In the movies, the Lickers are not blind since it shows things through the Lickers' vision, although their "vision" could have been radar sense.

The song is titled "Not Listening" by Papa Roach.

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