Resident Evil: Afterlife Reviews
Overall this is my favourite franchise of many series from this generation (Example Saw), they have kept them strong and made it past the curse of the third movie which either makes it or breaks it, and the third Resident Evil was great!
So Afterlife of course Ali Larter is back as Claire Redfield! Your introduced to her brother Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller) who has a huge role in Resident Evil 4 the video game. I would have liked to see a bit more of him though, maybe in Resident Evil 5 they will give him a bigger role. K-Mart is around too again in this one.
The 3D was great, made it even better, perfect suit for a Resident Evil movie! YES the dogs are back but more fucked up than ever!!!!! LOL The big monster that carried a huge spiked axe reminded me of Silent Hill though, I don't remember it being in any video games or am I wrong? Of course your left wanting more as they no surprise leave it wide open for a Resident Evil 5. You see a cameo by Jill Valentine!!!! I always wondered where the hell she went after Resident Evil 2!!! I wont say what the cameo is about cause i don't wanna ruin things but just watch a bit longer after the credits role at the end.
To get you up to speed basic Resident Evil film mythology is as follows; RE1 - Alice (Milla Jovovich) a woman working as a security operative for the evil Umbrella Corporation, awakes in a strange place, only to be confronted with an out-of control supercomputer with a god complex and an underground lab full of infected scientists turned flesh-eating zombies.
RE2 - As the T-Virus breaks out onto-the-streets of Raccoon City, Alice is one of the few survivors. Released as a test subject to match the power of Umbrella's new experimental Nemesis, the now in enhanced Alice realises she has more than the average human ability to fight and survive; telekinesis, a pupil dilation force-field blast, and a unique form of internal brain computer hacking aids in her perpetual survival.
RE3 - The T-Virus has now consumed the planet and Alice on a solo mission stays under the radar of the Umbrella Corporation scouring the Nevada desert trying to help people. Teaming up with a convoy of survivors, hope for a safe place from infection is promised in Alaska. In RE3 it is revealed that he Umbrella Corporation has made thousands of clones from Alice using the DNA they took from her in RE2.
In Resident Evil 4, as zombies dominate the post-apocalyptic landscape, Alice along with her clones carry out a mission to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation's subterranean Tokyo lair and take down her arch-enemy and chairman of the company, Wesker (Shawn Roberts).
After seemingly destroying the Umbrella Corporations base of operations, Alice sets out to find the safe haven in Alaska and meet up with her friends from RE3. However, Wesker is not so easily disposed of and whilst en route Alice is ambushed and injected with an anti-viral serum stripping her of the superhuman powers.
Arriving in the Alaskan wilderness, she finds old comrade Claire (Ali Later) but she is alone and suffering memory loss. Together they head for the devastated city of LA, where they discover a small group, bailed up in the city jail surrounded by a teeming horde of the undead.
In a perilous trap with no way out, issues inside the prison, and a new unknown creature (to the series) attempting to get in, Can the now human Alice get out of this one?
The answer (spoiler alert!) is yes. In a distractingly obvious way, returning writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson (who was only producer/writer for installments two and three) has blatantly left the ending beyond-wide-open for episode five.
After turning the franchise 3D to boast ratings, it would have been beneficial to leave the plot waning series on this high note, however the lure of ravenous zombies and disposable supporting actors is obviously just to much to let this one die a peaceful death.
Surprisingly easier on the gore; Resident Evil 4 tries to inject a little humanism into its inhuman video-game based foundations. Milla's now human Alice is wisely rendered even more vulnerable and relatable as she keeps a heartfelt video-blog journal of her lonely expedition. Whilst Ali's Claire gets an emotional boost as among the minimal survivors she finds her brother Chris (Wentworth Miller).
The Verdict: Even as the world continues to devour its self and your stuck in an LA maximum security prison, there seems always to be time for perfect hair and rockin' lipstick. How can you really be afraid of something so removed from reality? (said the woman who almost has a heart attack...)
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 22/10/2010
Now maybe my introduction seems a little harsh I mean after all this is what it says on the tin, big action, more zombies than seen before and an actual kind of interesting plot(emphasising kind of). We see Alice searching and looking for the place where survivors may be, she flies around everywhere in this plane and even lands it in impossible places. The plot is hard not to ruin because straight away it jumps right into it and that I can respect, but my main problem is not with the plot, it's with the technical decisions. Anderson manages to blast out this movie that's scenes are chosen horribly, it feels Anderson somehow destroys his own script and after it is all over you just feel some opportunities were missed.
A problem I have always felt with this franchise is that it goes too big scale, it can't settle for street to street zombie fighting with normal guns and never feels like the characters do what actual people would do in that crazy situation. It builds Umbrella as this corporation that just has too much money, I mean it builds huge underground complexes which seem to figure in every movie and make it even more insane. The villain of this movie is just so badly created that it just seems stupid to have made that character, the person just seems to be straight from the video game which this uses too much from, and then the movie feels OTT.
Can Resident Evil ever get any better is the question on my lips, on this it cannot and this is the first one so far I have actually found bad and not just another poor movie. It doesn't try and that is what I can't respect, it's not like this movie isn't worth a watch but it certainly isn't one I would recommend to many, fans of the series maybe and I know people who love action movies will also enjoy it, but even some will find this an overuse of special effects and one movie that ruins this series even more so.
So Resident Evil marches on earning money from a very disappointing attempt and I feel there is a lot of this kind of thing left to come in the future. Whether Anderson feels this is going somewhere is really a hard thing to work out, it rakes in money but critically they are smashed, it's like a moral film question, do you keep on making bad movies if a lot of people don't like them?, my answer is actually to keep on going, but improve your craft and don't keep going at the same old stuff that you've been doing for years.