Sunday, October 9, 2011

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Alice returns to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation once and for all, but her journey leaves her trapped with a small band of survivors in an abandoned prison compound that is surrounded by thousands of the undead. It will be up to her to find an escape and lead the group to the safe haven known as Arcadia. Paul W.S. Anderson has outdone himself once again in RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, creating the most mindless and over-budgeted entry in the series. Anderson's complete lack of concern for story and character is more apparent than ever. From beginning to end, there is no progression or expansion on any of the events from the previous films. It is an unnecessary chapter at best, and a boring one at that. Several new characters are introduced from the video game series, only to be given fewer lines and background than they had in their playable forms. The one place where RESIDENT EVIL continues to excel is in the fast-paced and explosive action sequences, although most are self-indulgent attempts to exploit the 3-D gimmick used in the film's theatrical release. Unfortunately, the open ending lends proof that Anderson's career will continue onward to bigger (but not better) things.

Rating: 6/10.

8 comments:

  1. I agree that it is mindless as over-budgeted, but it's sooo fun. Love part 4 about as much as 2 & 3 and really can't wait for Part 5.

    I guess I'm a sucker for W.S. Anderson as I also love Death Race and his newest flick, The 3 Musketeers :)

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  2. MM, were you a fan of the video game series? I always wonder if I am biased against the movies because they are action and not horror, especially when the storylines in the games were so much better and way scarier. I wish they would end this series and restart an actual horror series.

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  3. Oh oh... this Part was bether Than the Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Extinction... but the Best is The first Part!

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  4. Of the 4, I prefer Extinction, which at least came close to having Tyrant, but Apocalypse kept going into that ugly and pointless slow motion that got really nauseating at times. The first just made me mad because it wasnt anything like the games.

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  5. I still can't believe that 'Apocalypse' was Directed by Russel Mulcahy. I mean, he did 'Highlander!'

    Granted, he also made 'Highlander 2' and 'Tales of the Mummy,' so that may explain it.

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  6. Everyone has their 'Highlander 2' moments in their careers, it just so happens that Mulcahy has two since he did Apocalypse too.

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  7. @Carl: no, I'm not a gamer and never had any interest in the videogames

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  8. Ill tell you, Resident Evil as a game scared the crap out of me, and after playing the video game, the film was childs play :D

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