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RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

97 minutes, rated R

ASPECT RATIO:  2.35:1

STUDIO:  Screen Gems/ Constantin Film/ Davis Films/ Impact Pictures

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  9-10-2010

 

STARRING Milla Jovovich (Alice), Ali Larter (Claire Redfield), Wentworth Miller (Chris Redfield), Boris Kodjoe (Luther West), Shawn Roberts (Albert Wesker)

WRITTEN and DIRECTED by Paul W.S. Anderson

RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE adds something new to the RESIDENT EVIL series by not just following up the last film; it decides to ask what’s next while showing it off in 3D.  3D films shot with 3D cameras make a lot of difference to how you experience the film where a 2D converted to a 3D film mostly comes out flat.  

 

I am sad that the big thing promised at the end of the third film is whisked away within a few minutes of the film.   It does reset Alice and make her human again, and not just a superhuman warrior who seems to be unstoppable.   She takes her revenge on Umbrella Corporation and then it is six months later where she searches for Arcadia.   She finds lots of abandoned planes and choppers in Alaska.  The only one who may have a clue is Claire, who has lost her memory and was being controlled by a nasty Umbrella spider device.   Alice and Claire fly down to Los Angeles in an old propeller airplane to find survivors holed up in a prison surrounded by the zombies infected by the T Virus.   They team up with the survivors to escape the prison and find out more about Arcadia.

 

RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE is one of the best films in the series since the first film and it is almost as good as Paul W.S. Anderson’s best film, EVENT HORIZON.   The 3D makes the film pop out at you and adds another dimension to the experience of the RESIDENT EVIL film.  The best scenes are shown in the trailer.   I do hear this is the first RESIDNET EVIL film to actually use plot elements from the video games.   Don’t leave too soon at the end too quickly since one final scene is featured during the credits.   I am frustrated with the mother of a cliffhanger Paul W.S. Anderson leaves us at the end of the film where many films would have resolved the cliffhanger in the same film.   I hope we don’t have to wait for another RESIDENT EVIL film too long to see the ending resolved.

 

This movie review is 9-10-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com