“ Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / To Be Announced / Director: Paul W. S. Anderson / Actors: Milla Jovovich, Wentworth Miller, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Kim Coates ... / DVD released 2011-01-10 at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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I am no lesbian (not that theres anything wrong with that of course lol) but I do have some girl crushes (although I have a MUCH longer list of male crushes lol) and after watching this film Milla Jovovich has just been added. Here we see her back with all her fierce girl power kicking some zombie butt!
- Plot -
The film opens in Tokyo with the outbreak of the virus being controlled by the Umbrella Corporation and Alice (Jovovich) and her clones looking to take down the creator - Albert Wesker. Wesker manages to escape and board an aircraft whilst blowing up the base of the Umbrella corp but Alice is onboard. During a scuffle the plane crashes and it would appear he is no more.
Fast forward and Alice ends up in America leaving her video tapes and finds Claire who now has amnesia. Enroute to Alaska, Alice fies past some survivors who have the aim of getting to Arcadia, a place free of the virus that will offer food and shelter. Can our team make it to safety and at what cost?
One thing I will giveaway is the ending of the film leaves it open for a sequel which I know fans of the resident evil will be pleased with!
- My Opinion -
I felt the film opened with power and action dramatically and a feisty heroine had a lot going on! This captured my attention and made me much more interested in the film than I anticipated. However I then felt that for the first 3rd of the film the story line wained and was a bit mundane with nothing substantial in terms of storyline and maintaining my interest. However, once the zombies broke into the building where our survivors were staying I felt the intensity creep up and gage my interest again where the action sequences were forth coming and dramatic.
In terms of acting I felt a lot of the cast members were a bit wooden and not particularly believable. To be honest my main attraction to watch this film was because of Wentworth Miller (I do love a bit of Prison Break!) but I felt he seemed out of his depth in this action film as it is not a role I am used to seeing him in. Ali Larter as Claire was quite well suited and I felt Boris Kudjoe - a relatively unknown actor on my radar was quite strapping as the basketball player turned hero in this time of crisis. Most of the other characters really had such minor roles and didn't survive very long that to be fair considering their air time was so little no wonder their performances were poor!
Another critique would be that a lot of the special effects felt extremely exaggerated and unnecessary making the film look completely opposite - rushingly made with no effort to make the scenes look authentic.
- Overall -
I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of mild zombie gore and is keen on the Resident Evil series. I think I watched the one previous but in all honesty in my mind they all seem rather the same so I can't even tell which one it was!
This was a rather interesting watch for me on my day off as it was on Sky Plus Anytime but I wouldn't really be rushing out to buy it on DVD anytime soon! In any case it was enjoyable watching the beautiful Milla Jovovich showcase her marvellous zombie fighting skills so for those who want to add to the collection they may already own this series it can be bought on Amazon for £4.25 :)
For some reason my other half wanted to watch this, probably because he has seen all of the previous Resident Evil movies - and so, unfortunately, have I. I don't like these films, I find them incredibly formulaic and I also have never played the computer games so I don't even get the excitement about new characters appearing.
This offering was designed for the 3D, and you really can tell with some the action scenes. I don't understand the obsession with 3D that we are seeing at the moment, because all it seems to do is give us a whole load of films that have scenes in them that are unnecessary and just inserted to provide the wow factor when watching in 3D. This film is no exception to that, the scenes are completely unnecessary and don't add anything to the weak story.
In terms of story, well once again Alice has survived and manages to meet up with a set of fellow survivors that are living in a maximum security prison that is surrounded by the infected. How they have managed to stay there for so long without anything breaking in, I can't explain, however as soon as Alice arrives things start to go drastically wrong.......cue a whole load of horror/action scenes. The survivors have heard something over the radio about a sanctuary called Arcadia, which happens to be a ship offshore that has no infection off it. Yet despite sending flares up and trying to respond to the message they hear nothing back from Arcadia (wouldn't alarm bells be ringing for you there?). Not these bright sparks though, they make their way to the ship and find not everything is as it seems....surprise surprise!
I'm sorry but this film was rubbish, there was nothing in it that I enjoyed. I thought the story was predictable and boring....zombies or the undead have been done to death (excuse the pun). The acting is wooden and laughable, the action is boring and even the 3D element couldn't save this monstrosity from itself! Avoid this film at all costs!
A lot of people tend to have a lot of criticisms of Paul W.S Anderson's spin of the Resident Evil franchise, it's beloved and even considered sacred to many, it's best to take these films with a pinch of salt, if you watch them waiting for your favourite characters to show up, you're going to be disappointed, if you want that Resident Evil-esque sense of fear and apprehension to occur you're going to be disappointed.
As the fourth film in the franchise I have to say that I do consider this one the worst one but for reasons that defy the age old "its just not Resident Evil!" I am a fan of industrial music, and TomandAndy do a great job on the score, but it tends to be overpoweringly loud, and distracting to say the least. It doesn't particularly fit with the movie, neither contributing to the pace of the action, or enhancing the experience. The movie could exist without the soundtrack in my opinion. I do love the songs but feel that they're an unnecessary factor in this movie. Perhaps a more understated soundtrack was needed to give this post-apocalyptic world more depth?
For the sake of not spoiling the movie beyond all repair I have to say that that "cool" elements you were waiting for dissipates in the first 10 minutes paving the way for quite an ordinary, quite dreary movie. (In terms of palette and occurences) new characters are introduced for the sake of being proverbial sacrificial lambs, their characters are never explored in particularly any depth, as if the writers are just depending on the fact that the premise of the games and their decision to finally include elements of it will pay off and sate the hunger of the fans.
The elements and soundtrack aside, the characters that have made it to this point are represented faithfully, Milla Jovovich is as great as ever as Alice, and we see a new vulnerable side to her usual "ass-kicking" personality. She carries the movie easily and is quite believable as a modern heroine in this post apocalyptic world. The other characters are a little flat and transparent in comparison. Kim Coates naturally brings his dry brand of diva-esque comedy to the script. I would recommend this movie to any loyal fan, but it's certainly not memorable.
As a big fan of splatter and horror films i was gladly surprised when i watched this. I haven't played the game so i had no idea what to expect and had nothing to compare with. I really feel that this pays homage to the old zombie films at least to an extent. The zombies here are a little bit faster though.
It begins with a nice back story and then builds slowly in pace to a climactic frenzy. The effects are top notch, solid directing, a really imaginative and eerie production design and great acting.
Yes, i may be a little biased but i really like Milla Jovovich. I think this is the kind of role that fits her best, strong kick ass attitude with an odd personality wrapped in a seemingly fragile shell. Her performance here reminds me a bit of the character she played in "The fifth element" and also the character in the later "Ultraviolet" The other actors did a good job as well so she's not the only one to get credit although the movie revolves around her character. The child AI is a very nice and creepy addition to the atmosphere.
The RE theme could have ended up as a nice trilogy but the sequel unfortunately lacks nearly everything(except Milla) that this film delivers. Not that RE2 is a complete mess but nowhere near this. I haven't seen the third installment yet but even if that one holds true in quality to this one number two becomes the odd one out.
If you like zombie and action films you'll certainly like this one.
== About the film ==
Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth film in the Resident Evil franchise. It was released at the cinema on 10th September 2010 and 10th January 2011 for the DVD release. It has a rating of 15 due to language, violence and scenes or gore and horror and has a run time of 97 minutes. The film had a budget of around $60 million but went on to make nearly $300 million, making it a massive success!
== Plot ==
In an underground facility in Tokyo, Alice has grouped up the clones and is ready to take revenge on the Umbrella Corporation for what they have done to her. Umbrella are ready for her though and a massive fight breaks out, with casualties on both sides. Not only are Alice, Umbrella and the clones in danger but also the city. Both Alice and Umbrella are capable of destruction and it looks like they are both determined to cause some damage.
Six months after Tokyo, Alice heads off to Arcadia, where the radio broadcast said there were survivors and food. Also, the place where she sent Claire Redfield and her friends at the end of the third film. Upon arriving there though, Alice soon realises that the transmission was not all that it seemed. No one is around... except for Claire with some crazy red device attached to her chest. Together, Alice and Claire look for survivors and come across an abandoned prison with a couple of inhabitants and surrounded by zombies. The new people Alice and Claire meet explain all about Arcadia and a new mission for survivors begins.
== Cast ==
Milla Jovovich ... Alice
Ali Larter ... Claire Redfield
Kim Coates ... Bennett
Shawn Roberts ... Albert Wesker
Sergio Peris-Mencheta ... Angel Ortiz
Spencer Locke ... K-Mart
Boris Kodjoe ... Luther West
Wentworth Miller ... Chris Redfield
Sienna Guillory ... Jill Valentine
== What I thought ==
I have loved the other Resident Evil films, with the exception of Extinction which I didn't love quite as much but I was really looking forward to watching this part of the series. I didn't get a chance to see it at the cinema so as soon as the DVD went down to a more normal and reasonable price, I went out to buy it! I don't really know too much about how the films work in comparison to the games as I don't play them but the guy I watched the film with told me that some elements in this film are taken from the fifth Resident Evil game and explained to me throughout which bits these were.
== The Characters/ Cast ==
As Alice heads to Arcadia to find the others/ see if anyone really is alive anymore, the film begins to go downhill. The addition of certain new characters didn't really appeal to me and I didn't really find them as entertaining as characters in the past films. They certainly weren't as relatable as say Matt or Rain from the first film. I was actually hoping some of them would die and I haven't really felt that way with this film franchise so far.
Milla Jovovich is back as the kick ass Alice and I still love her. I don't think she could do any wrong in these films for me and I loved seeing her back. Both actress and character are everything what a strong female character should be. Jovovich demands attention when on screen and I always find it hard to take my eyes off her even if there are other characters doing crazy things at the same time. As a character, Alice is always changing and the creators of the film have great imaginations when it comes to her. I am always excited to see what little (or big) changes they have made to Alice and to see what new things she is capable of.
Wentworth Miller of Prison Break makes his entry as Chris Redfield from the video games. I haven't seen Prison Break so I can't compare his performance with this but I didn't like him very much. He isn't in the film too much and the time he is, he annoyed me more than anything. As a moody and mysterious guy, I thought I was going to love him but his acting just seemed a little flat.
Shawn Roberts makes a come back as Wesker, who was featured a little bit in the third film. Again, I didn't like him. I know as a bad guy, I'm not supposed to anyway but the reason why I didn't like him really isn't his fault. His scenes and character are way too 'Matrix' style for my liking and while having seen clips of his character from the games, I can see why he is like this. Doesn't mean I have to like it though. I'm sure the creators of the games could have come up with something a little bit more original.
== The Story ==
This film really starts off with a bang. With Alice in Tokyo along with the clones, there are some amazing fight scenes but unfortunately, this doesn't last too long. I would have loved for this part of the film to last longer as it was one of the most exciting parts. At the end of Extinction, I was excited about the idea of Alice clones but the way they were used in this film was a bit of a waste. I think that they could have been put to a better use and if used more, would have had a bigger and better impact on the film overall.
I did like the aspects of the film surrounding Arcadia and what it was really all about. I didn't see this part coming at all and was wondering about it ever since watching the third film. I was hoping that there really was a place for survivors but then again, this is a Resident Evil film so what are the chances of that really happening? As the rest of the world has been overtaken by the T Virus and zombies, is it really possible that they haven't reached Alaska when they seem to be everywhere else.
Once Alice and Claire reach the prison, the action begins again and the stunts are as big and as impressive as ever. That all there does seem to be though. The story, as a whole, was lacking and it seemed to be like this film is just a mish mash of action scenes and impressive fights. The story doesn't really go anywhere for quite some time and instead, we get Alice and co running around a prison and fighting off the occasional monster in one form or another. The other films in this series had much better storylines and because of this, more entertaining. The beginning and ends of this film are really the best parts and I felt they were the only parts which worked well with each other.
== Effects ==
Now, I don't really know too much about effects and CGI etc but there are a couple of things I wanted to mention. As I said earlier, Afterlife does use the techniques of The Matrix and although I wasn't impressed with this being done, the scenes are very well done. The fight between Alice and Wesker was impressive and seamless. As well as fight scenes being well choreographed, the monsters in this film were done well. I have a massive thing about zombie dogs and they terrify me so to see them again with some changes was exciting but scary at the same time. I love to see how creative these monsters are and they didn't disappoint me this time around.
== Overall ==
I was a little disappointed with this film. Maybe it was the build up of excitement for watching it but it just didn't live up to my expectations. Yes, the effects were great but they always are and the cast were as amazing as always. It was the story that didn't impress me very much. Afterlife is definitely not worth the full RRP so try to pick it up reduced somewhere.
This is a review of the film and region 2 DVD presentation.
Note that this is the fourth film in the Resident Evil franchise. The review contains no spoilers for this film (Afterlife) but may refer to events from the previous three films.
In a secret military installation deep beneath the centre of Tokyo, The Umbrella Corporation continues its top-secret research into the virus that has ravaged mankind. Whilst most of the world's human population has been transformed into bloodthirsty zombies, the Corporation continues to investigate ways in which the so-called T-Virus can be used to its advantage. An unknown assailant systematically wipes out sentries positioned on the surface and a major security incident takes place when the installation finds itself under attack. Alice Abernathy, a former employee of the corporation and survivor of the T-Virus, wants revenge.
Some time later, Alice finds herself alone again in the wilderness. Following the messages previously shared with her fellow road trippers, she makes her way to Alaska in the hope that she will be able to join other survivors. There, she meets up with Claire Redfield. Claire is suffering from some kind of amnesia and is unable to say where the other survivors are but it's clear they aren't in Alaska so Alice takes to the skies once again to see if she and Claire can find the mysterious haven known only as Arcadia. But she is ill prepared for what she finds along the way....
Afterlife is now the fourth film in a franchise that many fans believe should never really have been started in the first place. Adaptations of popular console games are notoriously unpopular with film audiences, often with preconceptions of what the film should be like. Fans are normally disappointed with the output, and the box office is littered with commercial failures as film after film (Tomb Raider, Doom, Max Payne) is adapted only to flop at the cinema. The Resident Evil films have never exactly garnered critical acclaim, but the combination of relentless enthusiasm from writer/director Paul W S Anderson and a growing, cult-like following has ensured that the franchise is now easily the most successful game to film development.
All the films have borrowed elements from the gaming series, which itself is one of the most prolific in the world. There are thus far eleven instalments in the game series and Afterlife loosely incorporate elements of Resident Evil 5, which, despite its title, is actually the tenth game in the series. Since the original film, however, the stories have moved further away from the games, with Anderson generally developing the lead character Alice in new ways. Resident Evil 5, for example, doesn't actually feature the character of Alice, but the films' success has partly been down to the popularity and enduring charisma of Milla Jovovich in the leading role.
The fourth film carries on in much the same vein as the third film. Films one and two focused on a fairly intimate storyline restricted to few locations and a core storyline. The third film started to grow the scope of the tale further and, notably, started to transform Alice into something of a super hero, notably at the end of the film. Afterlife continues pretty much where the third film ends but Anderson has written in a plot development that undoes much of the narrative in the third film for reasons that bring the franchise a little more in line with the first two films. This is probably a good idea. The 'Alice super-hero' concept started to make things a little too easy for the writers, because they could pretty much conjure up any scenario they liked and Alice would be able to get away with it.
This side of Alice goes out with a bang, in a pretty gripping opening sequence that is out of sorts with most of the rest of the film. It's certainly exciting and dramatic, but Anderson seems to have stolen many ideas from other films, notably The Matrix, and it's therefore quite refreshing when this segment closes and the audience gets back to the Resident Evil they know and love. Paul W S Anderson is one of those writers whose work you either appreciate as a guilty pleasure or you avoid like the plague and Afterlife is a perfect example why. The narrative for the film is seldom dull for sure, but seems inspired by countless other films, likening Anderson's imagination to a teenaged boy who seems intent on stuffing every possible thing into the story that he can.
What that means is that, fundamentally, Afterlife feels as though it was pretty much made up as the crew went along. You can almost here some over enthusiastic cameraman shouting 'wouldn't it be cool if a huge, mutated executioner guy rolled up wielding an axe' followed by a rousing 'yeah dude!' As such things happen and things crop up that make you feel as though that's exactly what happened, and it's something the audience will either love or loathe. It's also clear that Anderson has his eye on the franchise overall, rather than just one particular movie. Whereas the first film could have ended there and then, now, rather like the Saw movies, the story is peppered with events and concepts that seem to point to what might happen in the next film rather than the current one. This is something that plays well to the fan boys, who love guessing and predicting what things might mean, but to anyone new to the franchise, it can be a little alienating.
The Resident Evil films are certainly no longer zombie horror films, if they ever really were. These are now sci-fi action films, stuffed full of fun but ridiculous stunts and a constant battle against the odds for Alice and her friends to survive. The presence of the Umbrella Corporation is starting to become a burden on the franchise, however, as the company seems to have become increasingly corrupt for reasons that never seem particularly clear. It was feasible, in film three, that the Corporation might have been looking for ways to control the undead. It's now pretty uncertain exactly what they are up to, other than no good.
Afterlife is the first film in the franchise to be shown in 3D. The DVD version is the standard 3D version, although it's pretty obvious to see where the 3D effects would have come in to play. The need to have things coming out of the screen in pretty much every action scene is kind of obvious but seems a little gratuitous. The visuals are otherwise pretty good here. The effects aren't on the level that will make jaws drop, but the snappy pace and dazzling approach to action works pretty well and allows the makers to paper over some of the obvious technical cracks in the whole thing. It does, however, rip an awful lot from The Matrix movies, right down to people dodging bullets and a bad guy that wears dark glasses and sneers a lot. This really undermines the impact of the whole thing. It's such a blatant imitation of The Matrix that anybody watching this will immediately just sneer and think it's a rip off.
There's less gore and nastiness taking place now, shifting the film away from its horror routes. A new kind of zombie has limited effect, again because we've seen it all before in countless other movies and there seems to be a diminishing fondness for the zombie genre as a whole. Nonetheless, it's certainly an exciting film to look at, full of expansive locations and dramatic views. There's a risk that with so many computer-generated effects, the film could start to feel like an animation but Anderson just about keeps things the right side of this.
Nonetheless, there are some great touches here. Alice's personal preference to use quarters as ammunition in her shotgun leads to some every effective slaughter and there's a great scene where she leads a horde of zombies off the top of a building. It's all pretty daft but that's nothing new to this franchise and it's all enormous fun too.
It has to be the said that as Angelina Jolie was perfect for Tomb Raider, Milla Jovovich seems pretty much born to play the role of Alice. It's really about the way she looks and moves as opposed to anything else, because when she's require to 'act' she is still definitely lacking. But Alice is a character that fans of the franchise have grown to truly love, and Jovovich is integral to this in every way. As ever, she has a stylish wardrobe and plenty of cool moves to go with it and she seems to ooze screen presence. Put simply, Jovovich dominates the film from start to finish. These are films about Alice. It helps that Jovovich does nearly all her own stunts and moves. That makes the character far more inspiring.
Otherwise Afterlife is a bit of a mixed bag. It's kind of difficult to see why the casting team thought that putting Wentworth Miller in as a prisoner that can help the crew escape from a prison was ever going to be a good idea, but that's exactly what they've done. Initially promising something a little different, Miller quickly reverts to type and this is really just a retread of his role in Prison Break. Boris Kodjoe looks fine as newcomer Luther and the continual prominence of his character in the film seems to suggest that there's more to come. He's likeable enough but ultimately rather superficial. Ali Larter further strengthens her capacity to be the new Alice, and you do wonder whether her character is here to play substitute for Alice on the basis that if Jovovich ever decides to call it a day, she can easily step into the shoes. She's pretty good, in fairness, if not a little wasted.
Speaking of which, the film's biggest misfire is the casting of the hunk of loveliness that is Shawn Roberts as Matrix rip-off bad guy Albert Wesker. Wesker was a reasonably small character in the third film and shifts to more prominence here with Roberts picking up the role for the first time. He's truly awful. It's difficult to establish whether this is down to Roberts or the director but it really is impossible to take him seriously for a second.
==The Region 2 DVD Presentation==
The region 2 DVD comes with just the 2D version of the film. Home viewers looking to get a copy of the film in 3D will need to get the Blu-Ray. In fact, this is probably a film that will always look that bit better in high definition, simply because it's so stuffed full of dramatic visuals and effects. It looks pretty good on DVD it must be said. The picture is sharp and full of impact, even if it does occasionally look more like a computer game. Likewise, the soundtrack is booming and raucous, fairly exploding out of the woofer and rumbling around the room. This isn't a film where subtlety is or can be appreciated in any way but the ballsy nature of the whole thing is kind of appealing.
The special features here are reasonable enough but rather superficial.
Fighting Back: The Action of Afterlife - a fairly brisk five-minute featurette with clips and interviews focused on the action in the film. It's short on insight (Milla tells us that it's hard work and gruelling - no way!) but in some ways the brevity works here. The clips show how some of the tricks were done in a way that other features would have taken five times as long to show.
Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife - another reasonably short featurette of around six minutes. It's all put together in much the same way as the previous feature but is, perhaps, a little more sycophantic about Jovovich. It's not very interesting, for sure.
Director's commentary - Paul W S Anderson is unquestionably enthusiastic and talks with conviction about the film. It's not really a film that lends itself to a commentary but he makes it more interesting than many others would have done.
Resident Evil: Damnation Teaser Trailer - Damnation is the second animated feature following Degeneration. Having the teaser trailer is a nice touch and the movie looks good. Damnation will also be released in 3D.
==Resident PlipPlop Says==
Afterlife is easy viewing. The ballsy effects and relentless approach engenders forgiveness for the 'male it up as you go along' plot and Jovovich is excellent. This is never going to win fans over to the franchise but with a fifth one to follow, it's clear that it already has enough followers anyway.
Resident Evil: Afterlife is the fourth live action movie based on Capcom's survival horror video game. I have to say that I am surprised to see that the series has reached a fourth instalment as video game movies aren't known for their popularity. For whatever reason people continue to go and watch the Resident Evil films even if critically speaking they aren't very good. Maybe it's because zombies are all the rage these days or perhaps viewers hope that they will eventually produce something that is as good as the games they are based off. Who knows. My money is on that we are all shallow pigs who cannot resist seeing Milla Jovovich strutting her stuff.
Paul W.S Andersen who directed the first Resident Evil film returns for Afterlife so I was hoping this fourth film would be better. He is responsible for writing all the films, but perhaps his presence behind the camera would elevate the quality of the franchise. For the record, I enjoyed the first Resident Evil even if it wasn't anything special. The follow up on the other hand I despised with the third being better, but certainly not deserving the number one place it got in the U.S box office chart on its release.
The film continues the story set up in the last three films. After the Umbrella Corporation's virus breaks out it infects most of the human population turning them into mutants and zombies. The Earth's remaining survivors band together searching for a place called Arcadia which a mysterious radio broadcast claims to be a safe haven free of the effects of the virus. The lovely Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice the former Umbrella employee, with superhuman abilities after being mutated by the T-virus, who is trying to bring down the remnants of the corporation for the atrocities they committed.
An action packed opening sees Alice and the clone army (take that George Lucas) she acquired at the end of Resident Evil: Extinction assault Umbrella's hidden base in Tokyo. I guess it makes sense for Umbrella to be based in the land of the rising sun as the Resident Evil video games were made in Japan. Either that or Umbrella was formed by a group of fellow otakus who wanted to be near the country that produces anime and manga comics. Who can blame them. A good anime sure beats watching a sub-par western produced film featuring zombies (cough, cough.)
Despite destroying the base the attack wasn't a total success. The Alice clones are killed (not much of a spoiler as it happens in the first few minutes) and Alice herself is stripped of her powers after an encounter with Umbrella's chairman Albert Wesker. She does however manage to get away and six months later ends up in Alaska seeking the fabled Arcadia. There she teams up with Clare Redfield from the last film who is suffering from amnesia.
The pair continue on their travels using a two seater plane and eventually crash land on top of a maximum security prison. A small group of people are hiding out in the jail which is surrounded by zombies. It is here that Alice learns that Arcadia is an oil tanker which is currently anchored off the nearby coast. When the zombies breach the prison gates the band of survivors know what they have to do. Escape the facility and head to Arcadia. That's as far as I will go in terms of the story as I don't want to ruin anything else for anyone who wants to watch the movie.
I can't say that I rate the acting of the cast too highly, but then again with the dialogue they were given they didn't really have much to work with. Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter play Alice and Clare respectively. Both are pretty much eye candy masquerading as badass chicks. From the group they join only Luther West, the former basketball star, played by Boris Kodjoe is likeable or does anything meaningful. The remainder of the supporting cast is just zombie fodder. They don't do much so when they inevitably get killed off neither the audience or onscreen characters seem to care in the slightest.
Continuing on from the trend of the other films we get more Resident Evil characters making an appearance. Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) plays Chris Redfield the main star of the video games. He is pretty much Chris in name only though as he doesn't act at all like his video game persona. This version of Chris is a soldier and kind of a jerk (although I suppose he has the right to be cranky as he starts the film locked up in jail as the survivors mistook him for one of the prison's escaped criminals.) Although it is nice to include stars from the game to appease the fans, what is the point if they are nothing like the character they are based off?
Finally we have Shawn Roberts as the bad guy Albert Wesker. Wesker appeared briefly in the last film, but this time round he actually gets some decent screen time. We get to see him fight showcasing his super powered abilities. His fighting style comes off as a Matrix rip-off, which isn't helped by the fact that he dresses in a Neo like trench coat and shades, but that isn't the film's fault. That is pretty much what Wesker is like in the games. I think Shawn did the best job out of the entire cast. Although his role isn't exactly challenging to play he does look like Wesker and he does manage to pull off the arrogance Albert is known for.
I think the computer effects used in the movie were a mixed bag. Some of the creatures such as the mutated Dobermans looked good, but other monsters did reek of CGI. There was also one sequence were Alice is swinging along a building in which the background was noticeably blue screen. I'm not normally too picky when it comes to computer effects in a movie, but when its so noticeable it does detract from the viewing experience.
Many of the creatures used in this film are taken from the Resident Evil 5 video game. Fans of the game may get a kick out of seeing guys like the executioner and Majini zombies although I think that viewers who are not familiar with the games may be asking themselves where these monsters have come from. The Majinis could be explained away as being mutants (although they originate from the parasites in Resident Evil 4) but the executioner makes no sense. He fit in level one of Resident Evil 5, but in the movie I cannot come up with a plausible explanation as to why there is a giant hooded guy with a two handed hammer walking amongst the zombies. Erm, I suppose he may be a bodybuilder who got infected during a Halloween party?
An effect I felt that was overused was the slow motion sequences. There are many films which are guilty of this since The Matrix made the bullet time effect popular. I personally find that it spoils a fast paced action scene when everything suddenly shifts to a crawl. I do however concede that the scenes in question may have been better had I watched this on a big screen with 3D specs. I could have then appreciated little things like glass shards flying out at the screen.
One final effect, if you could call it that, that I want to mention is that some of defeated monsters dropped coins. This seems to be a nod to the video game were foes you kill drop items like cash and bullets. In the movie it however looks out of place to see a dog splatter out currency once it is vanquished. In Scott Pilgrim it was amusing to see guys explode into coins as it was being done for laughs. Resident Evil Afterlife on the other hand plays things straight so the quarters flying out of zombies just looks weird. It's also kind of cruel. In the real world, due to the recession, I cannot find any spare change to spend. On the flip side this movie is set in a post apocalyptic world devoid of stores were money is literally falling from the sky.
I think this movie deserves two and a half stars out of five. Even though I have spent a large portion of this review criticizing it I feel that a rating of two stars would be harsh as I didn't really hate it. The short running time (doesn't even reach 90 minutes) means that the action alone kept my attention without me being bored. To be honest I prefer a short movie over a two hour flick containing pointless filler. They could however have spared a few more minutes to make the final battle more epic. It started promising, but then ended all too quickly.
Would I recommend the film? I would have to say no. Even if you like it I don't think Resident Evil Afterlife is something you watch more than once so it's not worth buying. In terms of quality I think it is of a similar standard to the third film, so if you liked that feel free to rent it. I understand that out of the four films Afterlife grossed the most money (boosted by the cost of tickets for 3D screens) so a sequel could be on the cards. They certainly left things open for another movie (like they always do) but I hope they don't go through with it. If they insist on making another Resident Evil perhaps they should just reboot the franchise to see if a fresh start can produce something with a bit more substance.
Review originally posted on Ciao (January 2011)
Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.
This movie is the fourth part of the Alice franchise of the Umbrella Corporation. It starts of differently and you have more questions at the start of the movie than you would of the others. How did she create 8 other Alice's and program them to be like her as them stomp into the Umbrella Laboratory in Tokyo and when they conquer it from arch nemesis Albert Wesker, the real Alice sneaks aboard his plane and they both walk away from a direct head on crash.
Don't get me wrong, I like the other Resident Evil series movies, but this one is a little to way out there with the special effects. The jet crashing and Alice being thrown into the flame burning crash and not a hair singed on her body. The next thing you know Alice is flying a 2 man plane looking for Arcadia Alaska. After searching the beach she comes into meeting Claire (Ali Larter from Extinction). Someone has put a Scorpio like pendant on her chest that made her forget everything.
Never less these two fly all the way back to Hollywood not stopping anywhere to get fuel and they fly over this old jail and see some survivors, they make this miraculous landing on the roof of the jail. From there they meet Luther, Angel,Bennett the producer. They show Alice and Claire that Arcadia the Island in Alaska wasn't the place to be, but the ship within binocular sights from them was the rescue ship. So the main goal is getting to the ship.
The funny thing about the zombies in this movie is that they have tentacles inside their mouths that kind of reminded me of the first Predator films. The stunts in the movie were 99 percent done by Mila Jovovich again and Ail Larter did her own stunts as well. There is two scenes where the "AxeMan" comes into play. Smashing in the front jail gate and taking 20 rounds to his face and chest and not batting a eye lash. The second is of him in the bathroom shower with Alice and Claire in a grueling fight scene and at the end the "AxeMan" is full of lead and dead because he loses his head over it. Alice also shows you a new way to use quarters.
Now the final 35 minutes I won't talk about except that it is leading you into the next series Resident Evil Damnation. This one you will see a change in. No more male top dogs and it's going to be two alpha females going after one another. The Special Features at the end of the DVD were interesting, one it shows you where to buy the soundtrack from Milan Records.
Bonus clips of how the stunts were made, and finding the right cast members for the movie. It also gives you a sneak preview of Resident Evil Damnation. Now my feelings about this movie, when they realized that Arcadia was the ship that to me is when the movie plot was formed. Before that it was just a bunch of zombie killings with no crusade.
The special effects were good but over emphasized. If your going to keep the actors alive from a plane crash, don't over do it on the crash. The way they made the Tokyo Umbrella Plant explode into a nuclear tragedy was spectacular. A few of the lines in the movie where the actors stopped talking and they looked at each other for a few seconds threw it off a little, but overall it was a good one hour and 38 minutes of movie. This movie is rated R for the violence and the list of characters are.
Alice- Mila Jovovich
Claire- Ali Larter
Bennett the Producer- Kim Coates
AxeMan- Ray Olubowale
Albert Wesker-Shawn Roberts
Angel- Sergio Peris-Mencheta
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Viewing Format: DVD
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Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
This review originated by me on Epinions. UK DVD Price 13.79
Ok so im a big games fan, Im a big resident evil fan. I loved the first two films, and although I dont like the 3rd : res-evil extinction I still bought it on dvd as I felt a loyalty to the brand and I wanted to see it...the trailer was very good. Again when I saw the trailer for this film I thought It looked good and Im normally so good at telling form the trailer whether its worth going to see.......alright it was the fact that it was 3d that I went to see it
Synopsis: Our heroete alice takes all her clones (found at the end of resident evil: extinction) to tokyo, and along with a few survivors have to make it to a place where the infection cannot reach, but at the sametime they have to take out the last umbrella strong hold.
Apart from the soundtrack and the 3D effects there is NO reason to see this film. The scenes were so dispersed, they didnt seem to link in very well together. It was almost as if the producers got together and got 7 directors to shoot 7 films and they just edited them together. Amazing when you consider the great films that Paul W anderson , the director has done, the first two resident evils and event horizon !. He also wrote this film and produced with jeremy bolt, who produced the fist....so what went wrong.
The 3D, CGI and make up effects were great,but there was just too many slow mo jumping through the air shots. The locations were pretty unusual, the prison , the boat, tokyo undergorund, but all achieved thorugh green sceen, so they saved money on a location manager
Ali larter, milla jovovich and kim coates do a good job with their characters, I really wanted o see coates get it...that was the aim of his character. And theres even a guest staring by jill valentine (sienna guillory) right at the end...but it wasnt enough..it was just too silly
"Day 6, 1800 hours, Los Angeles. No signs of life, not even the undead. They must have burned with the city. But what about the rest?"
Now in it fourth installment, the Resident Evil franchise shows no sign of ending, with the latest offering 'Resident Evil: Afterlife' released back in September. This time around, director of the first film W.S Anderson (husband of lead actress Milla Jovovich) is re-handed the reigns, but has he been able produce a credible and watchable offering? Personally I've been disappointed with the Resident Evil films to date, feeling that they've shown potential, yet failed to excel in plot, acting, or general credibility - that's not to mention the fact that the bear little similarity to the video games that they are based upon.
Afterlife's story revolves around 'Alice' (Milla Jovovich), the leather-clad heroin who is attempting to locate 'Arcadia' - no, it's not the local amusements - but a zombieless community where survivors can live in virus-free tranquility. However, in attempting to find said sanctuary, Alice stumbles across a stranded band of individuals who are hauled up in an abandoned prison building. Will Alice be able to lead the group to safety, or will the zombie hordes who surround the building get a free meal?
In general, the plot of Resident Evil: Afterlife is scrambled and thoughtless - borrowing heavily from other movies in the genre without adding any original of its own - basically the main crux of the story is the survival of the lead characters, allowing our protagonists to bumble their way from action sequence to action sequence without much time to reflect in between. In particular, the opening sequence featuring a number of Alice clones breaking into the Umbrella facility ('Umbrella' is an uber-nasty organisation), doesn't work particularly well at all. In fairness, many of the aforementioned action sequences are well choreographed and occasionally spectacular - but most are packed in to pander to the film's 3D cinematic release. Basically then, expect plenty of objects thrust into the face of the viewer - a particular favourite of the director is a zoomed-in and slowed down macro shot of a speeding bullet.
The film's zombies are a mixed bag in terms of their effectiveness - these virus-ridden nasties are able to run at high speed when needs be, but bewilderingly move at a slow pace when in close proximity to the film's protagonists. In an attempt to distance themselves from other zombie movies, the Resident Evil 'infected' have a bi-forcated mouth which turns itself inside out - but even this isn't particularly unique - the Predator uses the same, or very similar, mouth. However, my main criticism of Resident Evil: Afterlife, is a general lack of believability - yes, I know that a zombie plague isn't a very likely scenario in the real world, but the best films in the genre deal with getting out of a zombie apocalypse in a plausible way. Here, some of the lead character's bullet-dodging antics are just beyond belief, and this will have the average viewer sighing in frustration. One particular oddity is a huge monster who pops up with a hammer-like weapon halfway through the film and wreaks carnage. There's no supporting evidence to suggest why this behemoth is present in the film, or how it has evolved to be different to the other bog-standard zombies present - the whole occurrence is amusing - seeming to be placed in the movie like its the end of level boss in a video game.
"Five years ago A virus escaped, and everybody died"
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However much the story may be lacking, Resident Evil: Afterlife pulls out all the stops to *try* to produce an aesthetically appealing spectacle - and for the most part, it works. Visuals are impressive throughout, although the amount of slow motion, multi-angle sequences eventually become frustrating in their frequency. Similarly, the sheer depth of CGI in the film makes it look like you're watching a Playstation game. The effects aren't always successful in their execution - in particular the fast movement of the film's main bad-guy reminded me of the dodgy vampire effects from the first Twilight film. The soundtrack is handled with a similar lack of subtlety - it's not bad, just one dimensional and rather limited.
In the lead role, Milla Jovovich is once again impressive - although that said, her performance doesn't stretch to much more than leaping around and looking good in leather as the dialogue throughout is fairly light. Joining Jovovich is Ali Larter (previously seen in 'Heroes') as Claire Redfield. Claire functions as Alice's sidekick, and the pair work well together on screen. One of the film's more interesting characters is Luther West (Boris Kodjoe), a pro basketball player who finds himself caught up in the turmoil - but a trick has been missed, as there's no real character development for the viewer to enjoy. Apart from the zombies, the film's main bad-guy comes in the form of Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), who heads up the Umbrella Corporation. This sunglasses-wearing villain lacks any real menace due to his business-like appearance, and stereotyped mannerisms. In fact, Wesker's guise seems to be a direct rip-off of Mr Smith from The Matrix. And the dress code isn't the only similarity between the two films - there is a plethora of wire-work throughout Resident Evil, meaning that for the most part Jovovich's characters is seen flying through the air, running up walls, etc etc. Unfortunately, much of this gravity defying stunt work has been overdone and just looks a bit silly.
FINAL WORD - the best Resident Evil yet, or simply Resident Average?
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Although i've criticised Resident Evil: Afterlife quite severely, I did actually enjoy the film to a certain extent - it represented an easy watching spectacle, and there were sporadic moments of fun. That said, overall the film seemed to be a poor pastiche of the genre with little thought to the story, and even though I enjoyed it marginally more than the other Resident Evil films, there just wasn't enough originality to impress me. Without giving too much away, the ending of the film highly points towards the fact that there will be another Resident Evil movie, and it makes me wonder just how much further they can string out the franchise. Overall, it's not a terrible film by any means, but neither is it anything special.
LEAD ROLES - who appears in the film?
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Milla Jovovich ... Alice
Ali Larter ... Claire Redfield
Kim Coates ... Bennett
Shawn Roberts ... Albert Wesker
Spencer Locke ... K-Mart
Boris Kodjoe ... Luther West
Wentworth Miller ... Chris Redfield
Sienna Guillory ... Jill Valentine
Whilst it's true that many film sequels are ill-advised, it's even more so when a film reaches its fourth instalment. The fourth "Indiana Jones" film certainly wasn't as strong as the previous in the trilogy and the "Police Academy" franchise had run out of ideas well before the fourth film. Even the fourth in the "Alien" sequence didn't have the value of the original film and the "Saw" franchise had certainly had its day by "Saw 4", not that this has stopped it. However, the "Resident Evil" franchise seems to be holding together reasonably well, especially for a series that started as a video game - films which, generally, have been pretty bad.
Deep in a secret underground facility in Tokyo, Alice takes her revenge on the Umbrella Corporation, which has continued to use her and others to experiment on in the wake of the virus that has affected the world. It's the kind of thing that was bound to end badly and so it does; for her, for Umbrella and for the city of Tokyo in general.
Alice survives the events and goes in search of Arcadia, rumoured to be a town in Alaska where some of the survivors of the T-Virus have gathered and where a number of Alice's friends were headed. Just as Alice has given up hope, she finds Claire Redfield, who has had her memory wiped and doesn't know where the others are and doesn't remember Alice. Together they look to find other survivors, but have no success until they find a group trapped in a former prison surrounded by the undead and find out the true location of Arcadia.
There's not a huge amount to the story, but in films like this, that's often the case, so it comes as no huge surprise. The story is largely there only to hold the action scenes together, which is what I (and most people, I suspect) watch action thrillers for anyway. On the action front, the film succeeds admirably, with the opening being action all the way and all sorts of stunts and scenes once Alice reaches the others in the prison. This makes it very watchable, as you can never be entirely sure exactly what will happen next, with the flying sequences and one on the roof being my particular favourites.
With so many action scenes, there are a number of special effects required, most of which are pretty effective. There were a couple of moments where characters did look pasted on to a background. However, part of this could be due to the film being originally shown in 3D and it could be that watching it in that format would make these scenes appear more effective. Generally speaking, though, the effects are pretty good and one scene where a number of the undead are wiped out by a plane was particularly nasty in its effectiveness.
The direction was quite good, although I thought the slow motion effect was a little overused. This did serve to remind me that I was watching a film based on a video game, as some of those scenes did recall the slow motion reply type shots used in things like "Grand Theft Auto" and some other racing games. There were also a number of scenes that were directed very much in the manner of a video game, particularly in the way some of the characters moved in some of the battle scenes. The sudden appearance of a fairly large enemy in a couple of scenes seemed to owe for to video game storytelling than to that of a film.
The soundtrack was akin to both a videogame and this type of film, in that it was quite loud and intrusive at some parts. Mostly the dialogue isn't drowned out by the music, but frequently when there was some kind of action scene on screen, there would be some quite loud music over the top of it, frequently a rock-pop tune of some sort. This isn't uncommon, but I do find it to be slightly distracting sometimes and it is a cliché really. Still, given how many ideas were borrowed from elsewhere, both games and other films, I don't suppose that is a huge surprise.
It is this part that spoiled large parts of the film for me. A couple of major segments, which topped and tailed the film, seemed to owe rather a lot to "The Matrix". The early scenes were a little like the lobby shoot out scene from that film and the whole character of Albert Wesker seemed a carbon copy of Agent Smith, even down to the voice. I quite enjoyed "The Matrix", so it was good to watch again, but it did seem a shame that such important parts of this film seemed to be a copy and it did make it harder to take these parts of the film too seriously as they seemed to be patched in.
The acting wasn't bad, but nothing particularly spectacular. Having only seen Boris Kudjoe previously in a fairly small role in "Surrogates", it was good to see him get higher billing here and I thought he handled himself quite well. Shawn Nicholls as Wesker was told to play Agent Smith and did that quite well, but it would have been better to give him a proper chance to see what he could have achieved. Putting in "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller as a prisoner was either someone having a private joke or just being cruel to him, but he reprised his role quite well, being largely set dressing with a machine gun for the most part.
Ali Larter and Milla Jovovich as Claire and Alice did quite well and it's rare to see two strong female characters in the same place. Towards the end, they did seem to alternate roles a little, which suggests more for Claire in future films. Jovovich has now played Alice four times, so she should be quite good in the role by now and she certainly wasn't found lacking in the action sequences, although I was less convinced by her show of regret early on in the film. The one role I did enjoy was Kim Coates as Bennett, who got to ham it up and generally overact and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself; a feeling which his performance passed on to this viewer.
The extras on the DVD aren't too bad, either, but like the film there was nothing terribly new or special about them. The first is the seemingly omnipresent (on newer films, at least) commentary. Here we have Paul W. S Anderson, who wrote and directed the film and a couple of the producers. Anderson takes the lead here and you hear little from the producers, but it is quite an interesting commentary. Anderson is clearly a fan of the "Resident Evil" games franchise as well as enjoying being a film maker and that comes across well. Responding to some of the producers' questions, he also seems to be a thinking director, talking about how 3D technology altered both some of the way he had to shoot this film as well as how he feels it will affect films generally. In this way, he reminded me a little of Robert Rodriguez, being enthusiastic about new film technology and his love of the art. There are also some insights here that would have improved the featurettes had they been included there as well as, or instead of, in the feature commentary. The information here makes this worth a listen through the once, although there's nothing essential enough to make it worth playing any more than that. I was also quite interested in the director's thoughts on a scene that was edited together from loose shots when he decided to add it after filming.
The first of the two featurettes is "Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife", which really didn't offer what I expected. It's a short feature, at just over 6½ minutes. Rather than talking about the casting process, it's mostly the actors talking about their characters and how they related to each other on set as characters and as people. There is virtually no insight into the film or the casting process itself, which to me makes the inclusion of this feature largely a waste of time.
The other featurette is "Fighting Back: the Action of Afterlife", which is a 5½ minute feature talking about the stunts in the film. This mostly concentrates on Milla Jovovich, as her character has most of the stunts in the film, but these leaves little room for anything else. Whilst it's interesting to hear a little about how she does most of her own stunts and how she prepared, it did leave the feature short on general insight and therefore short on value.
The last feature is simply a trailer for "Resident Evil: Damnation", which looks to be taking the film franchise in a much different direction. Because it's a computer generated film, the scenes have the look more of a game than a film and I originally thought it was a trailer for the next game in the series, rather than for a film and it doesn't really appeal to me all that much.
There are also some trailers, which don't always seem to fit in with the type of film on the DVD. There is an interesting mix of trailers, but not all of them are for action films, which I would have thought would have had more appeal to an audience watching this DVD.
For all its flaws and lack of originality in parts, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" isn't a bad film. There is plenty of action and once the film proper gets going, the pace remains high throughout. Thanks to the story being based on a game, it has the leeway to present events and creatures without needing to explain how or why they got where they did, which can be a little frustrating, but does allow for things to happen at any moment and keeps the anticipation levels high.
Sadly, there is nothing in the 93 minute run time or in the DVD extras that makes the film an essential purchase and after you've seen it once, any slight novelty value and ability to surprise you it had is completely lost. Both Amazon and Play want just under £13.00 for the film on its own, which wouldn't represent good value, especially as they offer all 4 films in the franchise as a box set for £17.99. I have seen the collection on eBay for £1.10 including postage and, if this is your kind of film, that would certainly be decent value for four quite watchable, if not terribly original films. Personally, this is a film best waited a little while to see on Sky, as you gain little by spending money on the DVD.
When you're pressed to remember the start of the film just after you've finished watching it, it really shows it's unmemorable. As I write this review, its been approximately fourteen minutes since I finished watching Resident Evil, and I don't remember the beginning. So before I officially 'start' my review, please be aware that this is not a memorable film, and you should not watch it for a zombie shooter that you want to remember.
Story- The story of Resident Evil is essentially that evil corporation The Umbrella Corporation have created a strain of virus known as the 'T-Virus', and also that they're not very good at coming up with inventive names. Obviously, this causes everyone to become zombies (as per Resident Evil tradition) and that also means that there has to be a lot of shooting. Main character Alice (portrayed by Milla Jovovich) has a grudge against the Umbrella Corporation (which is largely unexplained, and I will assume that it is the plotline of one of the previous films in the series) and therefore wants to shoot them all as well as the zombies. That's essentially what the plot boils down to. The plot about saving survivors (oh come on, I'm not spoiling it for anyone, you know how a zombie movie goes) is essentially a subplot to the zombie-shoot constant of it. The story lacks considerably, and therefore it is only receiving two out of a possible five points.
Characters and Performances- None of the performances in Resident Evil where particularly stand out among other, better, films but the performances where somewhat believable, as per the aim of any film. I'm not sure why, however, but I hated every single one of the characters apart from Alice, Claire and one of the survivors named Luther. The characters were generally unlikable because of their dull nature, their evil tendencies and the on-going betrayal of characters. There is never a moment where all the characters are just happy with each other and there is a musical number involving the zombies, and even if there were, it'd be laughable as it is both a zombie film; and the type of film where everyone hates each other. It's not uncomfortable to watch, but the unconditional hate some of the characters have for each other is distracting from the storyline, and was extremely unnecessary. Also the co-stars (the zombies) provided a considerable performance as well as the human characters. I give Characters and Performances two out of five
Sound- At least the soundtrack of the film wasn't too bad, even if there was some included slightly whiney punk music. The gunshots sounded realistic, the sound of the zombies weren't (it was like asking a two year old to make the most disgusting noise that they could make; sweet and innocent) and the sounds made by various pieces of machinery were fair. There wasn't an awful lot to say about the sound in this film, considering how excruciatingly in-your-face the visuals where, the film-makers probably didn't have time to pay attention to the sound in detail. I give sound two out of five.
Special Effects- This is where the films massive budget went. There were some little known actors, a poor plot and a bunch of totally unlikeable characters, and it all resulted in one specific compartment of film development having a heavy focus. The special effects department must have been paid a large chunk of the budget that they had. This film has more gunfire than your typical testosterone-fueled action film and more slow motion than an episode of Baywatch. The only bad thing about it is that it's actually over used in this film. I was tired of seeing people stint through glass in the slowest-of-slow-motions by the end of it. By about three quarters of the way through, the slow-motion really just dragged the film along, and I'm convinced that if everything in the film played without the slow-motion, than the film would be little longer than your average episode of The Simpsons. The special effects, in conclusion, where overused and overly flashy. It is, however, one of the best elements of the film in terms of quality, and excruciating quantity. I give special effects three out of five.
Content Watch- Resident Evil is fairly gory, especially compared to your average '15' rated movie. Here's a run down of all the content that can be found in Resident Evil: Afterlife.
'''Violence''' - Does this one really need explaining, it's a zombie film and there is considerable, explicit violence pretty much all the way through.
-There are several scenes where knives are used to mutilate and decapitate guards, for the most part, blood isn't emphasised during the scenes in question.
-There is general zombie gun-violence throughout.
-Hand-to-hand violence is found at parts, but there is never any graphic consequences, it is all very stylized.
-A woman is hit by a blunt object, she is knocked a fair way.
-A man is sliced in half by a massive blade. The scene is sudden, but very brief.
-A large creature is shot in the head with a shotgun, the film shows it from several angles in slow motion, blood splatters on the lens.
-A man shoots another man in the shoulder-cap out of annoyance, there is no emphasis on pain. The character lives after the shot.
'''Language''' - There are several uses of strong language, some uses of moderate language and occasional terms that may offend, but are not necessarily counted as vulgar.
Content Conclusion- If you were expecting a zombie film to be all love and rainbows then you've got another thing coming to you, but this is really not that bad, especially compared to some of the other zombie films in production or released at the moment. I'd say a fourteen year old could easily watch this over-stylised violence and deal with the language that they probably hear at school anyway. I for that reason say, fourteen plus is a good age, whereas thirteen plus if you believe that your child is mature enough to see the movie.
Please note that this section does not include every occurrence of violence, and you should base what you allow your child to see on common sense as well as my opinion.
The Best Bits
It's an action packed film, and most of it is semi-enjoyable to a degree
Some may love how the film has a female protagonist
The film is quite short (at one hour thirty minutes) and is perfect for anyone wanting to watch a movie but doesn't have much time to do it in.
Slow motion lovers will revel in it.
The Worst Bits
The poor take on explaining what is going on.
The totally unlikeable characters that can be found throughout the movie.
My favourite bit
A scene where two characters defeat a large zombie, and the head explodes in a gloriously over-the-top goretastic manner. To be honest, there wasn't that much to like about the film. At least in my mind.
Is there anything special I should bear in mind while watching this?
The film was originally released in 3D at the cinema, meaning that a lot of it is meant to wow 3D audiences. If you have a three dimensional version of the film, glasses, and a television or computer that can display 3D Graphics on its screen, then use it, as you will get a far superior experience to those people (like me) who watched it in 2D.
The film has a running time of approximately 1h:36m.
The film comes with subtitles for the hard of hearing or deaf.
The film has received a '15' certificate from the BBFC and an 'R' certificate from the MPAA.
The film was originally released in IMAX 3D.
The film has a budget of approximately $6bn
Resident Evil: Afterlife was the first live-action game-related film to be released in three dimensions.
Claire Redfield wears a red vest, as she does in the video game.
It is the highest grossing Canadian film of all time.
It is the highest grossing Resident Evil film of all time.
It was the least popular Resident Evil film among critics.
It's a fair film, but nothing special ever comes out of watching it. It's just another zombie-shooter with very little plotline and next to no emotional attachment to any of the characters. There's no sense of urgency in the film, and characters stroll through zombie apocalypses like an evening meal, but there's enough special effects to keep even Michael Bay happy. If you love explosions, slow-motion and shooting, then see this film. If you're a fan of slow-moving serious drama, stay far away.
I give the film three out of five stars.
Originally posted on Ciao under the same name
I watch Resident Evil because I like the whole zombie concept. Also, I've played the game and it was fantastic. Anyway, the resident evil doesn't have much zombies these days. The movies continuously disappointed me and the Afterlife didn't lived up to the expectations as well.
I didn't expect much remarkable acting or emotion in this movie since the cast is almost the same as the previous ones. Wentworth Miller is a newbie in Resident Evil, I know him from Prison Break and I do think that his acting skills needs improvements. But it wasn't just the acting the dialogues of Alice (especially the cloned ones came for stunt scenes) was poor and dialogues weren't real at all.
In many parts of the movie I felt like that then creators took the ideas and scenes from other movies. One example is the radio broadcasting of Alice (Milla Jovovich) which really sounded like the radio broadcast in the movie 'I Am Legend' except for the fact that Alice was not able to add any emotion to this like in I am Legend. Another scene is the one where the two Alice clones jumps through the window shooting at the enemy. The scene was just like the one in Matrix Reloaded and I think Matrix did it better.
I wasn't able to watch the movie in 3D. And I think the explosions and other CG effects were done for 3D experience alone. I think visual effects are really poor for a 2D viewer. There was a scene where a building explodes and the explosion looked like something did by a 15 year old boy with some home video editing software to upload on YouTube. Also the scene in which Alice swings on a rope looks like a very poorly edited graphic footage. Anyway I think the monsters (or the giant creatures) must have looked really creepy in 3D.
The photography was good at some places. The scenes where the plane flies over a glacier, Hollywood sign and the ruined city was done great. Also some scenes with Alice at the beach looked great. But they weren't able to show this quality throughout the movie.
Though the soundtrack of the movie is not remarkable it is good for me. I like the sound tracks of all the Resident Evil movies because I feel that it is the right music for the movie environment.
The story line is getting weak as well. I felt like watching an episode of a slow TV series since nothing really happened here. Whatever did happened where not much different from the ones happened in the previous versions of the movie. They've managed to show off the technology of the Umbrella cooperation anyway. There aren't any twists or thrilling scenes in the movie; actually I think there are not even spoilers for this movie to add in reviews.
If you're a Resident Evil fan you should definitely watch this movie because the movie ended with a clue that there will be more parts to come. I also read some Resident Evil fans saying that they liked this one better than the other ones. The movie has done well in the box office. Let's hope that the creators will come with something better next time.
Since the resurgence of 3D cinema, it's hardy surprising to find that in action heroes, the use of ninja throwing stars, high-gauge shotgun shells and roundhouse kicks has significantly increased. Resident Evil: Afterlife is no exception to this.
Mostly abandoning the sci-fi themes explored at the end of the previous movie, the film is essentially an action-heavy, zombie-fuelled gore-fest, with all manner of innovative action sequences. Milla Jovovich demonstrates her superb gymnastic ability, and pretty much carries the film, detracting from the generally poor acting quality of the supporting cast.
But despite all of the hammy dialogue, derivative characterization of supporting cast, and the fact that it's obviously just a cash-in, it's a fairly solid action movie and fans of the series are sure to enjoy it, although fans of the games are less likely to, since the story arcs are completely different as is the entire plot of the film.
As a fan of the games, I wasn't impressed when I saw some of the typical fan-favourite enemies thrown into the mix just for the sake of it. There are G-virus and Las Plagas zombies a-plenty, (a la Resident Evil 4 and 5) and given that such outbreaks are never explained in the film canon, a lot of the more observant fans will likely find this a little patronizing.
It runs just shy of an hour and a half, which is pretty much as long as it needs to be. The script and plot move quite slowly, but have occasionally clever twists and turns. The direction is pretty good, with some interesting angles and often claustrophobic ambient lighting. Despite the plot, the film takes place a very immersive and believable Universe.
The best thing about the movie, in my opinion, was definitely the score. Resident Evil: Afterlife has a superb, pumping industrial rock soundtrack composed mostly by Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle fame, that has you gently tapping your foot as you witness the highly visceral action sequences with some very impressive special effects, captured by the cameras invented specially for the movie Avatar.
In essence, the film knows what it is. A cheap cash-in that's fairly entertaining, and somewhat little in keeping with the essence of the franchise. The viewer isn't urged to take it too seriously, because the film isn't at all self-insistent, and doesn't take itself too seriously either.
Overall I'm giving Afterlife a generous 4/5.
note: appears on my film review site, TheFilmBlogger.com
Critics and fans alike have savaged the Resident Evil film series thus far for its lack of regard to the video game source material, and more apparently, its simple disregard for basic storytelling hallmarks, like intelligent characters, engaging dialogue and exciting action. Though I was among the few critics to give the first film a break - in as much as it enthusiastically embraced its B-movie origins - we have since had to endure a further two films, and now, the fourth entry into the successful series, Resident Evil: Afterlife, comes to us in 3D, just in case you had forgotten how much of a soulless cash-grab the series really is.
Continuing where Resident Evil: Extinction left us, Alice (Milla Jovovich) and her various clones are attempting to take the evil Umbrella leader Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) out once and for all. After a bungled attempt leaves her stripped of her powers, she decides to head for Arcadia, a supposed Haven for survivors of the zombie apocalypse. This search brings her quickly back in touch with old comrade Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), who has lost her memory, and they also meet a small group of survivors along the way, with whom they will attempt to find salvation at Arcadia.
Though in virtually all filmmaking terms, Afterlife is an abject failure, it at least has more regard for its video game namesake than the previous films, especially the dreadful Resident Evil: Apocalypse. There isn't a single shoddy latex suit in sight, and most of the film's mildly rousing moments result from a few liftings from the game's most recent entry, Resident Evil 5; the curious mind-control device that Jill is fitted with appears here, as does the fifth game's hulking executioner character, and there also features a showdown on a boat. Still, while it might be more relevant and a touch more gratifying to those who enjoy the games, we must never forget that Afterlife is still directed by schlock master Paul W.S. Anderson, and therefore it is mostly a bust.
The hackneyed dialogue and lazy plotting is a prerequisite by this point, but what really hurts this film is Anderson's juvenile handling of a mass-budget project like this. The 3D is, in fact, the least of the problem - it clearly was not an afterthought, and during the film's opening hallway shootout, chunks of concrete hurtle towards the audience jubilantly - rather, Anderson seems to have spent most of his time in the edit suite gawking slack-jawedly at the time-dillution benefits of a camera with a high frame-rate. From the opening credits scene, which spends three minutes showing a female zombie turn around and eat a man, to the painstaking slow-mo fight between Claire and the aforementioned executioner, Anderson appears irresponsibly out of control on a project this flush. He indiscernibly ramps the action up and down, yet not in a way that is remotely exciting, as in Zack Snyder's hyper-kinetic 300.
Given that the film would run in at probably about an hour were it played entirely at full speed, it is unsurprising that the cynical laziness of the project creeps - nay, smashes - through in myriad other ways; the film's key-set pieces blatantly plagiarise some of the very best action films from the 1990s, such as a chaotic hallway shootout lifted from The Matrix, and a high-wire dive from a roof that mimmicks Die Hard. Perhaps scarier than the pilfering itself is the contentedness of Anderson and co. to coast by on this MO, for the film's climax provides little resolution and only sets things up for yet another sequel, setting the scene for what appears to be a final, final showdown before promptly smash-cutting to black. The smarminess of excising what could have been a fun action scene from the film purely to keep the moneyball rolling - in a film that barely runs 90 minutes, and could have definitely benefitted from more firepower - makes Afterlife one of the year's most infuriatingly complacent works.
So, why two stars? There is a certain perverse pleasure to seeing 3D utilised this way, and it does add to the experience, in that it is good 3D; yes, Anderson throws a lot of objects at the screen, but during those few times when slow motion is actually employed well, it does create a few striking images, particularly of rain droplets, bullets, and some gore. Tomandandy should also be commended for a musical score that generates palpable atmosphere, yet Anderson unfortunately has not found many accompanying images worth filling the screen with. Talented yet frequently slumming character actor Kim Coates is also delightfully hammy in a small role, in as much as he seems to be the only actor in the film who gets the material, while many of the other performers are guilty of the Jack Bauer-inspired serious, dramatic whisper (Jovovich and Wentworth Miller especially).
Afterlife otherwise fits every expectation of a Resident Evil film; it is dumb as a lug, horridly acted, and written without the flair or personality that makes the video games so much fun. How Anderson is going to wring yet another sequel out of this franchise, short of initiating a lesbian sub-plot between Jovovich, Larter and Sienna Guillory, is anyone's guess.