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Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 73

As dim-witted and lifeless as its undead antagonists, Resident Evil: Afterlife is a wholly unnecessary addition to the franchise.

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7

As dim-witted and lifeless as its undead antagonists, Resident Evil: Afterlife is a wholly unnecessary addition to the franchise.

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Experience a new dimension in action horror as director Paul W.S. Anderson uses the 3D technology pioneered by James Cameron and Vincent Pace to take movie lovers on a nightmare thrill-ride. It's been five years since the zombie virus swept across the globe, and Alice (Milla Jovovich) is still traveling tirelessly in search of survivors. When the Umbrella Corporation ratchets up the stakes, an old friend turns up to lend Alice a helping hand. Rumor has it that some survivors have found sanctuary

Dec 28, 2010

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All Critics (97) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (73) | DVD (8)

True to series form, plot is nearly indiscernible, but this fourth installment in the sci-fi/horror/action franchise created by writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson is the sleekest so far, thanks to 3D and star Milla Jovovich's body-hugging catsuit.

December 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Resident Evil: Afterlife lacks the humanity -- interesting characters, funny one-liners -- that made its predecessors enjoyable B-movies.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Comments (8)
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Anderson makes often-inspiring use of the 3-D effects, though he never quite tops the opening Shibuya Crossing bloodbath.

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (4)
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The action is easier to read than in most films of the genre, and therefore more enjoyable. Anderson makes particular use of sets and locations to wring out more bang for the stereoscopic buck.

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (3)
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Jovovich remains the lone light in the increasingly lackluster videogame-based zombie franchise, which barrels through its fourth installment with a threatened fifth on the way.

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Like pretty much all of Anderson's films, this one is half-baked. The half that's baked isn't too bad, though.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comment (1)
Film.com
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Resident Evil: Afterlife recycles nearly every horror convention. The plot is not original and the 3D is quite bad. And since we've literally seen all this before, it's only occasionally entertaining, and rarely interesting.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Resident Evil: Afterlife sees Anderson returning to cinematic dreck with a stunningly tedious exercise in 3-D CGI wankery.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Another Resident Evil zombie film with no brains but plenty of over-the-top action should still sate the appetite of certain viewers.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

The very definition of 'switch your brain off' entertainment.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's loud, bland, gory, and has very little to offer in the way of story. Don't tell me you were actually expecting something else.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

With a simple plot paired with great action scenes in its brisk run time, that's all I really need from the series and 'Resident Evil: Afterlife' puts some new blood and excitement into what was close to becoming a dead franchise.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

The action, however spirited in its manic creativity, is so relentlessly repetitive that it ceases to be as cool as the director plainly imagines it to be a very long time before the end of the movie .

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The occasional flashes of imagination aside, "Afterlife" epitomizes what movies written largely by software and marketing committees look like

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

There's not one good reason for this franchise to exist. Give your ticket money to charity instead.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

The law of diminishing returns rears its ugly, ugly head with Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth movie in a series that is going absolutely nowhere.

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

"Resident Evil: Afterlife" is watchable at times. Then, the story breaks down and you lose patience. There are plenty of action scenes, so if that's what you seek. Go for it. Paul Chambers, CNN.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

Tons of action and butt-kicking, but the story is on autopilot, performances are stilted, and the film's budget can't keep up with director Anderson's daunting scope and scale.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Wasn't all this going someplace at one time? The mind boggles at all of the incredible things these two women could be doing in wet, dirty clothes.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

The DVD needs to come with a drinking game feature, do you hear me Sony?

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comment (1)
Projection Booth

A movie that makes the "Dawn" remake look brilliant...

November 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (4)
Cinema Crazed

full review at Movies for the Masses

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Cheap hits of bang-bang adrenaline occasionally rise up but any rush is quickly tempered by the processed banality lulling you into a coma of fast-food filmmaking.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Resident Evil: Afterlife ... is boring, but you probably already knew that. The primary source of inspiration for the screenplay seems to be Alien 3 -- the very worst of the Alien films -- in both its content and incomprehensibility.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

I thought it was great fun. Paul W.S. Anderson -- it's his greatest hit adapting video games to movies.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comments (2)
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Resident Evil: Afterlife

With probably the most over the top, outlandish, in your face action sequence you've seen for sometime comes the fourth entry of the endless Resi Evil franchise. Now I REALLY am gonna try and not mention a certain Keanu Reeves sci-fi action film involving 'bullet time' too much if possible but its gonna be hard.

This outrageously insane kamikaze opening sequence where all the clone 'Alice's' storm the 'Umbrella Tokyo Headquarters' is actually a guilty pleasure I must admit. Its so ridiculously stupid using every cliche in the action film textbook and rips every possible slick visual imagery you can think of from various other action/sc-fi films...yet its great fun. Jovovich/'Alice' is sleek, sexy and deadly as the clones tear the faceless 'Umbrella' stormtroopers apart with machine guns and katanas. Bloody squibs bursting from the seams, bullet holes, hits to the head by 'Wesker' on his own men at point blank range, beheadings...oh my!!.

Only one question begs to be answered, where did all those 'Alice' clones get all those identical figure hugging catsuits??.

So the drudgery continues as 'Alice' goes from one area to the next battling the undead and watching more and more of hers allies go down one by one. This time she lands her plane on a huge prison in LA, not too sure why she would quite clearly get herself stuck on this prison, let alone almost killing herself and 'Claire' whilst trying to land on the roof. But she does because there are survivors there...but surely anyone would just fly by and find a more secure place? this prison is surrounded by millions of zombies! pfft your funeral.

The ensemble cast is actually pretty cool in this, on the same page as the first film although not many famous names. Alongside 'Alice' in this prison we have the token black guy who runs around in a vest so we can see his big muscles, at least he's well spoken. Standard fare sexy brunette who is British (at least she isn't a blonde), the excellent Kim Coates as a slimy film producer (nice touch Mr Anderson), a funny little oriental fellow, standard fare tough guy backup number two called 'Angel' and Wentworth Miller who again is behind bars.

To be totally frank this fourth film is completely run of the mill, bog standard stuff in terms of plot. Its simply another setup for 'Alice' to piledrive into with a new team of zombie fodder at her side. The thing is like the first film its still quite an enjoyable ride, its totally predictable, totally cliched and pretty much rehashes the same stuff all over again but in a different location. But thanks to a quirky cast the film is pretty cool I think. 

There are still plot questions that hit me, especially as this is now the fourth film. Anyone notice that the 'Umbrella Company' has so many underground bases? also they are VAST underground bases!. How and when did they build them?? (under Tokyo??!!), how are 'Umbrella' so rich n powerful? Where on earth do all the 'Umbrella' henchmen come from? how come THEY are always safe? where do they get all their guns and ammo? how come they are so useless and why would they wanna do their evil job? why does 'Umbrella' carry on playing with the dead when the human race is almost extinct!? and finally not being a game player...who was that huge axe wielding guy? where the heck did he come from?.

I must also ask why the cities in this franchise are in ruins? the undead are eating everyone not blowing up buildings, so why are they all stripped down to their structures and burnt out?. The other main question was why some zombies can now run and have tentacles coming out of their mouths just like the vamps in 'Blade II'. When did this evolution occur?.

I can't delve deeper for obvious reasons, the film is what it is and we all know this, its Resi Evil, don't question that. The film does deliver in my opinion, it gives you what you expect with some decent visuals and good close quarter action. The finale against 'Wesker' is just as insanely 'Matrix-like' as the opening sequence and just as mind bogglingly daft, maybe more so. The rock soundtrack in the background means its officially cool, its official.

You do feel the tension in these films when the heat is on and its time to escape from somewhere. The fact 'Alice' isn't a superhero this time boosts the film giving a sense of uncertainty for once, even though you know she still won't die, still helps.
February 17, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Fourth part in the Resident Evil franchise really doesn't do anything new or refreshing to the series to expand the franchise into new territory. Afterlife is a more of the same like previous entries, but it has a weaker and silly plot much like Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Despite this, I didn't hate it as much, but I still felt like something lacked considering that Extinction was such a good third movie. I enjoyed the action scenes, but I also thought that it relied more on effects this time around, even more so than other films in the series, and that says something. There's a decent cast here, and though there are no memorable performances, each actor brings something decent on-screen to make them stand out. As usual, the one who steals the show is Milla Jovovich and she's good as always in the role of Alice. Plot wise, this one is predictable and we know how it's going to turn out. For a fourth film, this isn't such a bad movie, but it's not great either. I think that the filmmakers could have made a far better film, but it's clear that Resident Evil worked better as a trilogy and no fourth film was needed. This is just another attempt at the studios trying to make money off a movie where so many ideas are underdeveloped and leave a lot to be desired. As it stands, Resident Evil: Afterlife is decent at best, but it's not a good movie either. When the credits roll, you realize that the film's saving grace was the action scenes, and even then, they were a bit ridiculous, even by this series standards. Don't expect anything good, but expect something mildly entertaining and you may not be disappointed. However no matter how you cut it, Resident Evil is a series that overstayed its welcome and the lack of effective ideas shows just that.
December 20, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Yeah, not great. This episode is like a poor man's Dawn of the Dead. It does get a little bit silly in places too but too be honest I like the silly stuff in this franchise, it doesn't really work when they try to do serious. It's not a very good film and yet I'm looking forward to seeing the next one so they can't be doing everything wrong.
November 1, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

    1. Chris Redfield: There's another two floors down there.
    2. Alice: And how far down is the armory?
    3. Chris Redfield: All the way.
    – Submitted by Michael S (6 months ago)
    1. Albert Wesker: Well, isn't this one big family reunion? Chris and Claire Redfield. You've really become quite an inconvienence for me.
    2. Alice: I told you I'd be bringing a few friends.
    3. Albert Wesker: [takes off sunglasses to show his dark red eyes and smiles evilly] You should have brought more.
    – Submitted by Clayton L (2 years ago)
    1. Alice: I told you I'd be bringing a few friends.
    – Submitted by Christian Paul B (3 years ago)
    1. Jill Valentine: Deployment in T-minus 57 seconds. When you hit the deck, you watch your formation. Take no prisoners and shoot to kill. Total enemy numbers are unknown but will include Umbrealla fugitives and prime targets. Claire Redfield, Chris Redfield and Project Alice. So, people, whatever's waiting for you out there, just know one thing. You are gonna be in for the fight of your lives.
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
    1. Alice: My name is Alice. I worked for the Umbrella Corporation in a secret laboratory developing experimental viral weaponry. There was an incident. A virus escaped. Everybody died. Trouble was, they didn't stay dead.
    – Submitted by Lea L (3 years ago)
    1. Alice: Hey boys! Is that any way to treat a lady?
    – Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
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