“Resident Evil: Afterlife” Wasn’t a Great Resuscitation

Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Horror, Thriller and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min.
Release Date: September 10, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for sequences of strong violence and language.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

JJ Rating: B

See it again: Maybe.
Own it: I only own the very first one. I love set design, but I wouldn’t buy the film for it.
Recommend it to: Those that like the other ones before, but are not expecting something spectacular.

Lots of people are still dead. Some people are not dead. The some want to continue not being dead. The dead that are alive who are not called zombies are hungry to eat those that are not dead. The company behind it all, Umbrella, still functions. Alice (Milla Jovoich) is standing in their way hindering their need to make more non-dead not zombie people. Resident Evil: Afterlife

The beginning of the film is spectacular. The rain, the crosswalk in Japan, the people, the umbrellas, the way the camera pans…everything was utter perfection. It set up how visually stunning Resident Evil: Afterlife is. The set designs, the cinematography were all phenomenal. I loved it. I don’t normally love 3D at all because I find it to be a gimmick and I know that it was also a gimmick this time to get more money (but I saw 3D it in the morning so it cost as much as if I saw it in the afternoon without 3D) because they, I figure, thought they wouldn’t get as many to see it…so why not make it 3D to eek out more bucks? I thought the 3D aspect was fun. I enjoyed the slow motion tactics, the silly things and the weird way the zombies look. There wasn’t, however, a lot of zombie action as the other films. Though the big guy with the ax (I know he has a name, but I’m not up to speed on the video games--played the first two, that’s it) was pretty darn freaky and Claire (Ali Larter) and Alice fighting him was a wowing fight scene, for sure.

What was a drag had to be the lag time during many parts of the film. It’s only one hour and thirty-six minutes, but it felt so much longer because of the feet dragging of the story. Then there’s the weird way some people died. Specifically one person who is all the sudden shot by a gun, for no good reason, just because. I didn’t understand that death. I was baffled as to why it even happened at that moment, right then. For the storyline it was unnecessary to do it. The character that did it could have gone and done what he had wanted to without killing anyone. Plus, the other characters didn’t even comment about the death afterward. It was awkward.

Oh, but the best character introduction has to be Wentworth Miller as Chris. Fantastic way to introduce someone that was in a show called “Prison Break” in a prison. I was in the theater with, I think, twelve other guys (no women) and I was the only one that laughed. I wonder how many people found that funny like I did. I kept laughing every time they showed him in the prison. Very funny, especially when he says, “Trust me” because he has that look that says “Don’t trust me” even when he was in “Prison Break”. Haha. Loved that aspect.

Shawn Robert plays Albert the baddie, the one that does some major butt kicking through out the film. He has a stone cold face that smirks from time to time at the perfect moment. His mechanical movements and dark demeanor are great contrast to Milla’s Alice who is slightly more emotional and heartfelt. Overall Resident Evil: Afterlife has great acting by many.

Again the fault of the poorness in the movie is due to the script. It didn’t have as much punch as the sets and the look of the film. And, yes, it was sort of like the Resident Evil’s story is in the afterlife and begging to be brought back to “life”. Resident Evil: Afterlife tried to resuscitate the series, but didn’t do such a hot job. Considering the ending teases another film in the future…it won’t be a shocker if it goes on and on like a heart or an energizer bunny.

I write like: Cory Doctrow

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