Resident Evil: Afterlife Review
Written by: alex1176
So I just watched "Resident Evil: Afterlife" on the big-screen. Noticed I didn't say 3D screen. I refuse to pay $13.50 to watch a gimmick. However, the ticket for the standard format was ten bucks. If you could cut that price in half, then you'd have a ticket worth buying. Ehhh, make it $4.50. Seriously, the newest "Resident Evil" isn't worth the regular price of admission. It is perhaps the weakest of the four films. A bit disappointing considering the third entry was the best of the bunch (for me).
"Afterlife" begins where "Extinction" left off. Now if you can't recall the last film (if you saw it), you really don't have to worry. Yes, the movie continues a story arc, but it isn't very confusing. So essential knowledge of the previous entry isn't necessary. All you have to know is that lead character Alice (Milla Jovovich) has led a bunch of clones in a rebellion against the evil Umbrella Corporation (that specializes in biochemical weapons). The prologue of the picture opens in Japan where main bad guy Albert Wesker had fled to. He's there to contain an outbreak of the zombie apocalypse when Alice shows up with her cloned friends. It is here when the movie totally apes (in a 'b' grade style) "The Matrix" movies. After the segment concludes, Alice finds her self searching for the survivors of "Extinction" including Claire Redfield (played by Ali Larter).
Most of the movie takes place in an abandoned prison facility located in a devestated, downtown L.A. Somehow, John Connor, leader of the Resistance against Skynet doesn't appear in this film. It would've been cool if Christian Bale showed up yelling a lot like he did in "Terminator: Salvation", but no dice. Anyhow, Alice manages to meet up with some survivors who are wanting to escape via ship which had transmitted radio messages of safety. It is in the prison facility where Alice meets up with Chris Redfield (making his movie debut). But unlike the Chris Redfield of "Resident Evil 5", he's not a buffed-up badass. There are, however, many badguys from the "Resident Evil 5" game who show up. Including Albert Wesker who has evolved to resemble Agent Smith of "The Matrix".
Like last year's "The Final Destination", "Resident Evil: Afterlife" includes some pretty gimmicky 3D special effects. I couldn't tell you how they look in 3D, but I can say it is not essential for this movie. I think James Cameron recently made a statement against "Pirhana 3D" regarding the unnecessary use of 3D effects. He could've easily complained about it targeting this movie instead. Nevertheless, there are some cheap pleasures in the film. For some viewers, watching Alice kick ass never gets old. You get plenty of slo-mo shots of her blowing away the zombies with automatic weapons loaded with quarters. Yes, you read it right. Now, I would've thought firing a weapon with coins inside would've caused a malfunction or even an internal explosion. But I guess if Eric Draven of "The Crow" can safely fire a shotgun loaded with gold rings, Alice's guns can perform similar deeds. Besides, it could look cool in 3D. Just sayin'.
The director of "Resident Evil: Afterlife" is Paul W.S. Anderson who also directed the first movie. That movie was quite fun. It was a 'b' movie, but it was stylish, even somewhat intense at times. This movie (on the other hand) contains none of those attributes. It's not scary nor tense, but it is cheaply entertaining. I'd recommend wating to see it at the discount theater. Or even renting it during a "pizza night" with friends. In fact, that's exactly what this movie needs to be in order to maximize it's entertainment value. It's a "pizza night" movie! Yea!
Well, if you see the movie in regular theaters, be prepared to watch a film of minimal entertainment. That's okay, but it's not something you want to spend ten bucks on. On other news, I just read that reports of Gemma Arterton talking with Ridley Scott to star in the "Alien" prequel is false. That's a shame. It would've been awesome.