DIR/ WRI: Paul W.S. Anderson • PRO: Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Don Carmody, Bernd Eichinger, Samuel Hadida, Robert Kulzer • DOP: Glen MacPherson • ED: Niven Howie • DES: Arvinder Grewal • CAST: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates
Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth installment of the hugely successful Resident Evil franchise. Alice loses her superpowers in the beginning when she comes face to face with her arch-nemesis, Albert Wesker, for the first time in the series. After the showdown in Tokyo, Alice searches for any remaining survivors in a world ravaged by the T-Virus. She finds a group of survivors trying to get to the safe haven Arcadia. They have to find a safe way to escape the prison they are hiding in that’s surrounded by the Undead, that all the while are chipping their way through the buildings defenses. Once they reach Arcadia, Alice faces Wesker in a final battle.
This film wastes no time in getting to the action. Zombie attacks, explosions, running and fighting are kept at a steady pace throughout the film. It really feels like you’re watching a videogame, mainly due to Alice’s never ending supply of bullets. The action scenes aren’t overly clever or mind blowing but they looked good and were well staged. The interesting camerawork, 3D and visual effects really made the action scenes exciting. Shots of zombies instantly standing behind someone would have felt like a cheap thrill in most movies, but this one pulled it off well because these zombies aren’t just drooling and staggering about the place, they’re clever, determined, mutated super zombies.
There isn’ta strong plot to this movie at all but there are interesting steady developments to the overall Resident Evil story throughout that will keep your attention. You know that the extra characters are introduced just to be killed, but what’s wrong with that. This film isn’t concerned with Oscar®-worthy performances, the story or even clever dialogue – just entertainment. This movie delivers everything you expect and want. The ending leaves it open for Alice to continue her battle with the evil Umbrella Corporation in a potential Resident Evil 5, which was good news for me since Afterlife left me wanting some more!