September 21, 2010

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

"While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors who want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia."

I love Milla Jovovich, but she really has to stop making these crappy "Resident Evil" sequels. "Resident Evil: Afterlife" looks good, but it has no real plot worth mentioning, and will just make you wonder why you wasted another hour and a half on this rubbish.

There is no attempt at characterisation whatsoever in this sequel and, unless you've watched the first three films, you'll be completely lost as to what is going on. Even if you have watched the first three films, you'll probably still be left clueless because this film has only a passing resemblance to anything "Resident Evil" related in the first place. Yes, it all looks the same, has far too many "Matrix"-style, slow-motion action scenes, some weird creatures created by the T-virus, and all the other stuff, but it just doesn't have the "survival horror" feel of the previous movies or any of the games. I'm sure even devoted "Resident Evil" fans are disappointed too.

Before this I actually enjoyed "Resident Evil: Extinction" even though it was just another zombie film. I even bought it on DVD. I won't be buying "Resident Evil: Afterlife" when it comes out though as it had nothing in it worth watching again. Ali Larter looked amazingly sexy and really put Milla Jovovich in the shade this time round, but that isn't a good enough reason to want this film in my collection.

I suppose I enjoyed the action scenes and the 3D shenanigans, but they were all just set pieces which didn't have a real story behind them. There's lots of "Equilibrium"-style gun play and creatures which could not possibly exist being shot, blown-up and hacked to pieces, but it all felt empty and soulless. I really wanted this to be the best "Resident Evil" film so far so I was very disappointed that it turned out to be one of the worst.

As much as I want to write a really long review tearing everything apart and explaining how derivative it all was of every other sci-fi/zombie "survival horror" story out there, I really don't want to waste any more time on "Resident Evil: Afterlife" than I already have. I still think Milla Jovovich is gorgeous, but she's never really been able to act much. These big-budget, computer-generated farces won't do anything to change that one way or another.

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