It never ceases to amaze me how the Resident Evil franchise manages to puke out one lackluster movie after another and miraculously seems to match or outgross its predecessors in box-office receipts. Am I the only one that thinks these movies are nothing more than an overblown advertisement for their gaming counterparts?

If I’m not the only one I must be in the minority because there seems to be no end in sight for this half-assed franchise. Perhaps the new CG animated movie Resident Evil: Degeneration will somehow bring the quality up to a new level. It is, after all, based on a friggin’ video game. I suspect it won’t, though.

There wasn’t anything in the trailer that knocked my socks off, but if you’re an avid player of the various video game incarnations I suspect you’ll feel different, as it seems to be more faithful to the games than the previous cinematic endeavors.

The official synopsis:

“The “Umbrella Incident” that took place in Raccoon City was ended with the eradication of the deadly virus by a missile attack ordered by the government. As its operations were suspended on a global scale, Umbrella Corporation stock plummeted. This serious blow to the business giant resulted in its complete dissolution.

“Seven years later, at an airport somewhere in the United States. An ordinary autumn afternoon. One zombie is unleashed into this peaceful scene to attack everyone. In the airport starting to fill up with the undead, the horrific disaster is about to be repeat itself…”

Sounds just about as paper-thin as its live-action siblings, but you may think I’m totally batshit for thinking so. Best to head on over to the official site and decide for yourself.

Additionally, Resident Evil: Degeneration is holding a panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, so if you’re going to be in attendance a special panel featuring director Makoto Kamiya and producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi will be having as Q & A session in addition to showcasing the new trailer.