Resident Evil: Afterlife Review
Written by: Googopqp
Resident Evil is back in theaters, but this time its in 3D! This time Alice is back to being human after being injected with a serum to take it out of her body. She's back to her old ways and no more super Alice. She meets up with Claire Redfield, who cannot remember anything, while searching for Arcadia, which is supposed to be infection free and full of food and people. They do not find it where they are looking and they end up at a old prison with survivors inside, but thousands of zombies surrounding. This is where the movie begins, will they survive the horror?
I just want to start off with saying I hated where the third movie left off, this one being the fourth. The idea of multiple Alices or an army of Alices was too stupid to be possible. Being a fan of the video games and seeing it turn into this sci-fi mind shit was just sad. But luckily for all you like me who hated the sight of three or four Alices fighting people in the trailer, have no fear Paul Anderson is here. In the first ten minutes of the movie they fix the whole multiple Alice's situation that the third pushed for. Thank you writers or whoever fixed this.
Anyways, with that out of the way now I can talk about the film. Resident Evil: Afterlife does for the franchise what Saw 4 did for its franchise. The story just seems forced and even though most of the characters are gone they find a way to introduce more into a pointless story that ends up going nowhere. Although, Resident Evil manages to introduce Chris Redfield, played by Wentworth Miller from Prison Break, and some likeable and unlikeable characters.
With that said though, I did find the movie to look pretty good in 3D and there are some kewl scenes in the movie, and some kewl gore too. The zombies all look generic and boring and most of the people who die in the movie are off screen or each in similar fashions, but there are a few shining deaths in the movie and a few kewl zombie kills. Although, I feel they really could have toned down on the slow motion shots, because it seemed like every few seconds in a big battle everything would just slow down and show someone getting shot or something like that. It worked at times but was just annoying at others.
The acting was decent, I never really judge too hard on acting, there wasn't anyone who seemed out of place or anything like that. They all played their parts, but the side characters are really just filler in the movie. The film is very fast paced, it starts off with a big fight then quickly moves from scene to seem almost rushing to the end, which to me seemed a bit anti-climatic. I don't want to give anything away and am trying not to but it was a bit of a downer that it all seemed to lead nowhere but where the movie started.
Overall, Resident Evil: Afterlife is just okay. Where I like the movie there is more not to like. I'm deciding between a 5 or 6 out of 10 but the anti-climatic ending, obvious nod to a sequel, opening silliness, and almost too fast movement makes me settle on a 5 out of 10. Its got some kewl scenes but its nothing special, or too terrible. Although I want to once again thank them for not going the 50 Alice route to stupidity :)
-Dustin "Googopqp" M.