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Friday, September 24, 2010

[6.50/10] Resident Evil: Afterlife [3D] (2010)

Resident Evil: Afterlife [3D] (2010)

With a new villain and anew location, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" sees Alice trying to find Arcadia, the so-called last safe haven for survivors of the T-virus. She finds her old ally Claire from the previous installment, who has lost her memory, and together they meet up with a new group of survivors trying to get to Arcadia. Easier said than done when they're all surrounded by the undead. While I equally enjoyed the previous "Resident Evil" films, I found "Afterlife" to be the most spectacular of all four, in terms of action and special effects. Paul W.S. Anderson's direction is rather impressive this time, offering some creative camera angles and inventive camera movements. The 3D Fusion Camera System is used perfectly, and the end result is effective and at times impressive. I even dare to say, the 3D effects in "Resident Evil: Afterlife" are the best since James Cameron's "Avatar". It's that good! The stunning, obviously Matrix-inspired, action sequences are hugely entertaining to watch, alternating slow-motion shots with fast cuts. Sadly, aside from the visuals, everything else is still rather formulaic. The script is sub-par, and of course there are more characters to kill off, none of whom you would ever develop a connection with, with the exception of Alice, of course. Milla Jovovich is a total badass chick and born to play Alice. Luckily, she also can act, as she does a great job as the feminine gun totting action hero. Milla is what sells this film, because she's a natural when it comes to action films because of her on-screen presence. The other characters are really just there for Alice to have someone to interact with and for the zombies to have someone to kill. Ali Larter does well with the physically demanding parts of her role and just as good with her performance. Wesker, as the villain, speaks and moves just like Agent Smith, and that's not the only clear Matrix reference. "Prison Break"'s Wentworth Miller does just alright as Claire's brother Chris. The other supporting actors are mediocre at best. Formulaic and predictable, yet visually-arresting, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" offers eye-popping 3D effects and amazing kick-ass action sequences, that should please any action fan. Arguably, the best of the series!

  • My Rating: 6.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 21% (4.0/10)
  • IMDb: 6.6/10


Jaccstev said...

I've nicely summed this film up as a cinematic fast-food meal, pretty tasty but no healthy :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Quite clever comparison! ;) Well-said, Jaccsy! It was so delicious, I didn't actually care if it's healthy or not :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's about what I would expect for a Resident Evil film. Milla is the key.

Curious about your take on Legends of the Guardians - just got back from seeing it.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Milla is so intense as an action heroine and she's fascinating to watch.

Alex, unfortunately I'll have to wait till 10.08. to see "Guardians", because it premieres here 2 weeks after its US release. I have really high expectations about this one. Previews and trailers so far have been amazing. Can't wait to read your review. ;)