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  • The church took seven weeks to build.
  • The exterior shot of Umbrella's headquarters as seen at the end of the movie is actually Toronto's Exhibition Place.
  • The Nemesis suit weighs over 60 pounds. His machine gun, which he had to hold with one hand, weighs about 65 pounds.
  • This 'Resident Evil' title was the last to be released onto the VHS format, but the first to be released onto the Blu-Ray format.
  • (at around 8 mins) The newspaper with the headline "The Dead Walk!" is an homage to George A. Romero's Day of the Dead (1985), in which exactly the same newspaper headline was displayed.
  • Natasha Henstridge was asked to play the role of Jill Valentine, but could not accept due to other work commitments.
  • (at around 1h 3 mins) Milla Jovovich did the last part of the run down the city hall herself. Her stunt double did the first part at about 200 feet above ground.
  • The model of the buildings that is blown up in the movie is modeled after Toronto City Hall.
  • The first trailer released for this movie (which was directed by Marcus Nispel) featured an ad run by the 'Umbrella Corporation' advertising a skin-regeneration product using a special formula called T-cells. In the movies and video games, the virus responsible for zombie mutations is called the T-virus. All the footage in the advert was either shot specially for the advert or from the original film. There was no footage from the film in this advertising.
  • Aside from archive footage from the first film featuring shots of Eric Mabius, the only person to return after the previous film is Milla Jovovich.
  • The first sequence showing Alice waking up in the hospital through to her cocking a shotgun outside, consists entirely of footage shot for the first film.
  • The film was originally entitled 'Resident Evil: Nemesis' after the third game in the 'Resident Evil' (aka 'Biohazard') video game series, of the same name, which had a similar plot. The title was later changed to 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' after the release (and subsequent box-office failure) of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
  • Nemesis' weapon in the movie is his trademark rocket launcher and a modified General Electric M134 mini gun that the armorer, Charles Taylor, deconstructed, shortened the barrels to 14" and added muzzle brakes which divert the burning gunpowder to create a unique plasma effect when firing.
  • The word Biohazard appears many times in the movie. This is a reference to the Japanese versions of the games. In Japan the series of games is called Biohazard.
  • The character of Dr. Ashford is named after the Ashford family of the Resident Evil game series. However, unlike the sympathetic film character, the Ashfords of the games were villains.
  • Although the word "zombie" is never used in the film, it is featured in the ending credits. German comedian Tom Gerhardt who portrayed the infected father in the gate closing sequence, is credited as "zombie dad". All other zombies are credited as "undead".
  • (at around 1h 10 mins) In the ending fight, the words "Finish him" are used, this is straight from the Mortal Kombat games, Paul W.S. Anderson also directed the Mortal Kombat (1995) movie.
  • The headset Maj. Cain is using is a Sony Ericsson HBH-65 Bluetooth headset.
  • According to the audio commentary by Paul W.S. Anderson, he mentions that the character of Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen) is an homage to actor Jason Isaacs, who made an uncredited cameo as Dr. Birkin and the film's narrator during the opening credits of the first film. Dr. Birkin as a character was meant to be someone who's backstory would be expanded in further films but was scrapped when Jason Isaacs left this project. The character Dr. Isaacs was created as a replacement.
  • (at around 2 mins) The weather map at the beginning clearly shows Raccoon City as being approximately where Philadelphia is in Pennsylvania. Other real-life towns such as Selinsgrove, Hazelton and Pottsville, all appear in their correct geographic locations.
  • (at around 27 mins) During the church scene, when Alice fires at the motorcycle to kill one of the Lickers, the slow motion bullets have the Umbrella logo on the rear of the shells.
  • The trailer for this film was one of the most watched on the Internet, with 8.5 million downloads from November 2003 to May 2004.
  • The type of laptop Professor Ashford uses is the Sony Vaio VGN-AX570G.
  • The dogs were not computer-generated. Just like with the first film make-up was applied to them, though it also proved troublesome to train the dogs to not kick off the makeup and prosthetics.
  • To prepare for her role, Sienna Guillory actually bought a PlayStation 1 Console and a copy of the game to study the Jill Valentine character. She also based her movements of Jill by watching the way Jill moved in the game Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999).
  • The movie uses elements of the plots of Resident Evil 2 (1998) and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999).
  • According to Paul W.S. Anderson's commentary for the DVD release, rapper/actor Snoop Dogg was originally chosen to play the role of L.J., but left the project.
  • One common criticism by viewers is on the wardrobe of the characters, specifically the women Alice, Jill, and Terri, which was regarded as fan service and highly impractical in a zombie apocalypse as the clothing exposes too much skin. In the game Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999), the excuse is that Jill was ambushed in her apartment by zombies and didn't have time to change clothes, while in the movie it seems she and Alice purposely dressed the way they did, though in Terri's case, her choice of clothing of a pencil skirt and blouse (her job uniform as a reporter) is slightly more justified as she had planned to evacuate Raccoon City before the gates had been shut down. Anticipating the criticism, it was Milla Jovovich's idea about having the heat wave in Raccoon City as the reason why her character, Jill Valentine, and Terri Morales are wearing very few clothes. Unfortunately, the shoot was in November in Toronto and the cold weather made the shooting troublesome for the actors.
  • Around 59 minutes into the movie when Jill, Alice, Carlos, and LJ have Angie, and Alice is talking on the phone to Dr. Ashford, Jill is holding her waist like she's in "Caution;" a term used in the Resident Evil games to show your health status. There are four levels including "Fine," "Yellow Caution," "Red Caution," and "Danger." Earlier Peyton was in "Danger" because he had to be carried by Jill and Terri, which is from the game Resident Evil Outbreak when you can carry fellow players when they're limp.
  • (at around 1h 4 mins) When Alice, Carlos, Jill, LJ and Angie arrive at the helicopter point, the name Lt. Gen. D. Carmody can be seen on the helicopter that is landing. This is of course, the name of one the producers of the film, Don Carmody.
  • (at around 28 mins) When L.J. is driving around the zombie-infested Raccoon City, he runs down a zombie that walks out in front of him, and then yells "GTA motherfucker! 10 points!" This is a reference to the early Grand Theft Auto point system, where the player is awarded money when committing specific criminal offenses (including running over pedestrians). Coincidentally, Capcom, which develops the Resident Evil series, also distributes Grand Theft Auto games in Japan.
  • Jason Isaacs was set to play Doctor Birkin, but left the project.
  • Emily Bergl was originally cast as Claire Redfield, but left the project.
  • (at around 39 mins) "STARS" is the only word ever spoken by the Nemesis, it's also the only word he ever speaks (repeatedly) in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999).
  • (at around 4 mins) When the Umbrella agents pull up to the first house of the people they're sent to evacuate (the female scientist) the commercial playing on the TV screen in her home is a scene from the movie's own trailer featuring the "Regenerate" product.
  • (at around 29 mins) As Oded Fehr and Milla Jovovich discuss on the DVD Commentary, the zombie that gets a knife thrown into his head is (ex-)Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody.
  • (at around 2 mins) The city standing in as Racoon City at the beginning (right after the weather news) is of course Toronto. The famous CN tower is just to the left outside the frame. You can barely see its shadow. Most exterior shots were made in and around the city.
  • Paul W.S. Anderson first started writing the screenplay almost immediately after completing the first film.
  • The original plan was for Jill Valentine to immediately meet up with Alice in the script. However, this idea was scrapped as Paul W.S. Anderson wanted to have two separate stories occurring at the same time and for them to meet a little later in the film.
  • Paul W.S. Anderson bowed out of directing the sequel as he was embroiled with prepping Alien vs. Predator (2004) at the time.
  • The film originally featured Claire Redfield as one of the main characters in the original script. Gina Philips was originally cast as Claire Redfield, but dropped out before production began, and was replaced by Emily Bergl who also left the project due to scheduling conflicts. The character was eventually scrapped from Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) once Emily Bergl dropped out from the role and a suitable actress could not be found in time. Claire Redfield would surface as a character in Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), this time played by Ali Larter.
  • Filming took place in Canada and was threatened with shut-down when there was a SARS outbreak in Toronto. This ultimately didn't affect the production, with filming concluding in October 2003.
  • Milla Jovovich was in training for 3 months to get in shape for the film.
  • Sienna Guillory was cast on the strength of her performance in the TV movie Helen of Troy (2003).
  • Oded Fehr had little difficulty in playing a character so familiar with handling guns - he was trained in the Israeli army.
  • There are 47 different locations used in the movie.
  • The suit for Nemesis weighed in excess of 60 pounds. Stuntman Matthew G. Taylor could only stay in it for periods of up to 15 minutes before it got too hot.
  • As in the first film, the zombies were mainly all professional dancers. They attended an "undead boot camp" where two of the cardinal rules were no dragging feet and no outstretched arms.
  • Although never addressed specifically, the infection had already started since the events of the first film. As the Red Queen had stated, the virus can change form. During the time span between the two films, the virus has spread from the "Hive" to the subterranean area of Raccoon City, apparently via the ventilation system, explaining how the undead rose from the cemetery.
  • A scene that was cut in the edition was a marketing ad by Umbrella. The anti-aging cream they had made was hailed as miraculous and the cosmetics products by Umbrella were supposed to be groundbreaking.
  • Sony put up a faux newspaper which shows Leon S. Kennedy as Jill's partner being killed by zombies. Leon would later appear in Resident Evil: Retribution (2012).
  • When the group escapes the building after Alice's showdown with Nemesis, former Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray is one of the undead in the mob that storm the rooftop right before the missile hits.
  • At the time, this was the only theatrically released film in the series featuring undead children before Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017).
  • The costume for Nemesis was created by Kropserkel Inc. and PJFX Studios, and stands roughly 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) tall, weighing nearly 100 pounds (45 kg). After production of Apocalypse was completed, the costume was restored and put on display at Kropserkel's offices.
  • The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list.
  • Is the only film in the series to feature the character Angela Ashford, who was based on the character Sherry Birkin from the video games, specifically Resident Evil 2 where she is rescued and helped by Claire and Leon (Claire was originally in the script before being cut). Although the novelization of Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) gives some insight stating that Alice killed her under Umbrella's control, the films have yet to provide an explanation.
  • Milla Jovovich was disappointed by this film. She said that the studio wanted more action and explosion and that the story was swept under the rug.
  • Writer/ Producer Paul W. S. Anderson was critical over director Alexander Witt's work.
  • When Milla Jovovich was filming her first chase scene with Nemesis, she experienced a minor accident where her arms were caught in the wires attached to her harness as her character was supposed to jump over the fence to escape.
  • Although never referenced in the films, the newspaper clippings in Jill Valentine's apartment that say "STARS operative Jill Valentine and others are on temporary suspension after a mission in the Arklay Mountains" heavily implies that the Mansion Incident from the first Resident Evil game did happen in the film universe but was off-screen. This would explain how Jill knew so much about the zombies and the T-virus. No mention is made of Chris Redfield or other characters like Barry Burton and Albert Wesker, though they do eventually show up in the sequels. So the events took place, but the way they happened are drastically changed.
  • Directorial debut of Alexander Witt. Witt previously worked as a cameraman on films such as The Bourne Identity (2002) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), a job he returned to after directing Resident Evil: Apocalypse. He wouldnt direct another movie until 14 years later.
  • (Director Cameo) Alexander Witt: Near the end of the film, the film's director plays the Umbrella sniper who tries to shoot down Carlos but gets knocked out by Alice.
  • Milla Jovovich and Zack Ward shared a house during production.
  • Resident evil: apocalypse was the first movie to be inducted into the First aid spray hall of fame. First aid spray is a podcast that focuses on all aspects of resident evil. The movie was given a glowing review by all podcast hosts, with exceptional praise from Steve Vallance who has compared the film to a modern day Citizen Kane.
  • The Nemesis makeup Matthew G. Taylor wore was created especially for him by making a cast of his entire body and then molding a body suit from that, therefore, no other actor could fill the suit.
  • Compared to the rest of the main characters, Alice, L.J. Wayne and Terri Morales are original characters and do not share any video game counterparts, nor are they inspired or based on any of the video game characters.
  • During the screenplay development on first film there were some versions which skipped the story of first game and instead went with different storylines more similar to the Raccoon City events from sequels. One of the scripts had STARS team being sent to Raccoon City and battling monsters and zombies created by T-virus outbreak, and there was one which was written as more of a horror film with much darker tone and lot of scenes more appropriate for low budget horror, including way more graphic violence and gore and numerous nude scenes with female characters including Jill Valentine.

Spoilers

  • (at around 1h 17 mins) The shot at the end of the movie where we see the nuke flying above a pack of wandering zombies in Raccoon City is taken directly from the ending from the third 'Resident Evil' game, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999) (aka."Resident Evil 3: Nemesis"-USA).
  • (at around 1h 21 mins) During the commentary on the first film in the series, Resident Evil (2002), Milla Jovovich refers to her nipple appearing on screen, saying that this proves her dedication to the film. Director Paul W.S. Anderson adds that had she really been committed (to the project), she would have shown both nipples. In this sequel, she does show both nipples, towards the end while she's in the tank.
  • The DVD and Blu-ray release contain just under 12 minutes of deleted scenes, and one of them is actually an alternate ending. It continues just like in the theatrical edition only Alice is not actually confronted by armed guards as she walks out and instead walks out onto the street and meets up with Jill Valentine In her car.
  • The film contains many visual and thematic references to the games. Here's what references are seen from the games in storyline chronological order: * All Games: There is a shot near the end of the film of Alice's eye close up. This is a reference to the first game in the series - the close up eye shot is the logo/title screen of the games, a white goddess statue can be seen in the church, Goddess statues always play a big role in the puzzles of all Biohazard games. * Resident Evil Zero (2002): Alice kills the Lickers in the church in a bullet time effect identical to Billy Killing the Leech Queen. * Resident Evil (1996) In the opening scene with the weather map and the ending, both mention the Arklay Mountains. This is where the mansion in the original game was located. * Resident Evil (2002) (Gamecube remake) Terri's death is recorded by her fallen camera, as is Joseph's death in the intro in the remake of the original game. * Resident Evil 2 (1998) Alice's visit to the gun shop may be a slight reference to Resident Evil 2, in which Kendo's Gun Shop is one of the first locations a player visits, The helicopter that delivers Nemesis' weapons is similar in look to the helicopter that delivered Mr. X in Resident Evil 2, Angela Ashford plays a character similar to Shirey Birkin from Resident Evil 2. * Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999): The sequence in which RPD members are surrounded by zombies at an intersection is taken almost shot for shot from an FMV in Resident Evil 3 (the most noticeably similar shot is the slow zoom in on the police helmet), The character of Jill Valentine wears the same outfit she wore in Resident Evil: 3, Zombies also rise from their graves in Resident Evil: 3, Jill also uses gas stoves to create an explosion in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Jill,Terri, Alice and Peyton hide out in a red cable-car, in Resident Evil 3 Jill, Carlos, Nicholai and Mikhial also hide out in a red cable-car and use it to get to the Clock tower. And in both Resident Evil 3 and the Movie, Nemesis shoots down a helicopter with his rocket launcher. * Resident Evil: Code: Veronica (2000): The sequence in which Alice runs down a hallway while a helicopter shoots out the windows is identical to the opening cinema in Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Ashford is the name of the family that created Umbrella, as told in Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Alice's superhuman abilities are similar to those exhibited by Albert Wesker in Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Milla Jovovich's move in which she drops her handgun and grabs it just before hitting the ground was lifted directly from Resident Evil: Code: Veronica (2000) in which Claire Redfield pulls this in the opening movie and takes out a room full of guards. Miscellaneous: The idea of Dr. Ashford pulling strings to save people inside a zombie-ridden area contains shades of Trent, a character from the Resident Evil books, written by S.D. Perry. Another similarity is that Trent's parents, like Dr. Ashford, created the T-Virus for benevolent purposes before it was hijacked by Umbrella.
  • Eric Mabius was due to reprise his role from the first film, with the plan involving scenes depicting Matt, still a human, metamorphosing into Nemesis. However, Mabius pulled out of the film shortly before production began, and the flashback scenes depicting his mutation were portrayed by an unidentified actor. Nemesis, after Matt's mutation, is played by Matthew G. Taylor.
  • Although never mentioned specifically in this film, the holographic representation of the Red Queen in the first film is heavily implied to be modeled after Angela Ashford, the daughter of the scientist who invented the T-virus. This was referenced in the first Resident Evil (2002) film. Originally, Angela in this film would have explained that the Red Queen was modeled after her likeness, but it was deleted from the script when the filmmakers realized that this would have required too much flashback footage from the first film to explain the connection, and that it would be more confusing for potential audiences that didn't see the first film. This was included in the novelization and the filmmakers hoped that audiences would eventually put the pieces together themselves. That being said, the last installment Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) somewhat retcons this, by providing a retroactive explanation about the origin of the Red Queen, who is said to be modeled after Alicia Marcus.
  • (at around 1h 20 mins) In the final scene Alice wakes up in the aquatic incubator when she hears Angie's telepathic call. This implies that only the individuals who managed to bond successfully with the T-virus on a cellular level, without any side effects, are the only ones capable of developing supernatural powers like telepathy.
  • Although never mentioned in the film, promotional material reveals Alice's last name as Abernathy. This was intended to merely be a fake identity for the former Umbrella agent and not the character's real name. This explains why the Umbrella officers usually call her "Project Alice" both in this film and the subsequent sequels. A fake newspaper clipping released as a promotional item for the film also revealed that Alice was simply a code name and her real name was Janus Prospero, and her disappearance prompted her family to start a search for her. As her family was never mentioned in the films, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) reveals that she's simply a clone of Umbrella co-owner Alicia Marcus, this backstory can either be taken as non-canon or a retcon.
  • Nikolai is one of villains in Resident Evil: Nemesis. However he is portrayed as a hero. Mikhail from the games is replaced by original character Yuri. Oded Fehr is of Israeli descent, however, Carlos Oliviera is Brazilian (His ethnicity is ambiguous but rumoured to be Pardo or Native Brazilian. His surname is Portugese.)
  • (at around 43 mins) Although Nemesis is the iconic antagonist of Jill Valentine in the third resident evil game, the two never actually fight or conflict in the film as nearly all encounters with Nemesis occur with Alice. The closest they ever get to actually fighting is when he guns down S.T.A.R.S. member Peyton, Jill's friend and partner, and she opens fire on him before taking cover and Alice proceeds to attack him after telling Jill and Terri to escape.
  • Although Nemesis is known for using his tentacles to attack and kill in the video game along with his firearms, he never does so in the film. According to director Paul W.S. Anderson, it would have been difficult to animate the tentacles for the film with the technology at the time (it wouldn't be possible until Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), where Dr. Isaacs mutates into a tyrant). Instead, to compensate, Nemesis uses the fore-arm mounted rail guns along with his rocket launcher, its addition was inspired by the idea of Nemesis "walking around with a gigantic, powerful weapon in each hand and almost indecisive as to which one to use".
  • Peyton Wells as a character does not actually exist in the games. However, he is partially influenced by the video game character Brad Vickers from Resident Evil 3. They both die in a similar fashion as well, they are killed by Nemesis while it is simultaneously Jill Valentine's first encounter with the mutant.
  • The original script and deleted scenes reveal that the characters of Mackenzie and Marla Maples were actually fellow employees at an office building before the outbreak, where Mackenzie left her to die while he escaped. She is cornered on the rooftop by zombies before being saved by Carlos and his group only to commit suicide by jumping off the building nonetheless due to being bitten. Mackenzie would meet up with Jill and her group at the church before eventually being killed by a licker.
  • During the news cycle near the end of the film referencing the cover up of a nuclear power plant as the cause of the explosion, the Chernobyl disaster is referenced. Jared Harris who plays Dr Ashford would go onto recieve critical acclaim as the lead character in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl (2019), based on the real life disaster.
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