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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Milla Jovovich
Ali Larter
Shawn Roberts
Wentworth Miller.
Directors
Paul WS Anderson.
Screenwriters
Paul WS Anderson.
Running Time
97 minutes

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Resident Evil: Afterlife
Alice takes on the zombie apocalypse again


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Plot
Alice continues her quest to find other survivors of the zombie apocalypse cause by the evil Umbrella Corporation. But the nefarious leaders of the company are on her trail and set a trap for her.


Review
The same again, in 3D. Paul W.S. Anderson, who directed the first film but only produced the last two, is back at the helm, and Milla Jovovich reprises her role as zombie-killing warrior babe Alice. It’s mostly set in a zombie-besieged prison in post-apocalypse Los Angeles, with the usual hard blokes, killer chicks, panicky deadweights and doomed bit-players taking hard knocks.

Anderson has a knack for uber-ridiculous, ultra slo-mo action scenes, which jolt some life into the picture, but an assembled-from-leftovers plot and dreadful speech bubble dialogue sink any involvement you might have with these drab, if buff remnants of humanity. This is ‘real D’, not a dodgy conversion job – but Anderson makes elementary mistakes with the process which suggest he got hold of James Cameron’s cameras but started shooting before he read the manuals properly.


Verdict
What fun there is to be had is undermined by drab 3D, hacked-out dialogue and rehashed plots.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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dent Evil: Afterlife (2010) With probably the most over the top, outlandish, in your face action sequence you've seen for sometime comes the fourth entry of the endless Resi Evil franchise. Now I REALLY am gonna try and not mention a certain Keanu Reeves sci-fi action film involving 'bullet time' too much if possible but its gonna be hard. This outrageously insane kamikaze opening sequence where all the clone 'Alice's' storm the 'Umbrella Tokyo Headquarters' is actually a guilty pleasure... More

Posted by Phubbs at 05:13, 17 February 2013 | Report This Post


The franchise's fourth film is worth a look if you've seen the previous three. However a major flaw was that the third film suggested the world was one big desert, so why is there still cities standing and a tanker in the middle of the sea? I also felt that a film had been 'skipped' in order to make this one due to some plot holes. On the plus side it still delivered what audiences have come to expect from the Resident Evil series. ... More

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Posted by ChrisAJ20 at 19:58, 18 March 2012 | Report This Post


Resident Evil: Afterlife Review

As dim-witted and lifeless as its undead antagonists, Resident Evil: Afterlife is a wholly unnecessary addition to the franchise. The action is also impossible to entertain because of the excessive use of slo-mo. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 17:25, 26 January 2012 | Report This Post


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A franchise that started off badly and has steadily went downhill from there...this one barely has any zombie action in it for a start. What a load of total cobblers, Mr Anderson, even by your standards. ... More

Posted by Vitamin F at 10:52, 21 November 2011 | Report This Post


I thought the film was great,okay not the best Resident Evil but it was fantastic,and i loved it in 3D.Spent ages waiting for it and wasn't disapointed at all ... More

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Posted by AlexObscene at 13:38, 26 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Why Does This man Continue To Make Films

Resident Evil: Afterlife Confession: The Resident Evil films are a bit of a guilty pleasure. I'm not a fan of the games at all, so I'm ignorant of how faithful the films are to the games, and I know they're mindless bollocks, but for the most part they've been quite enjoyable mindless bollocks. Not this one though, I'm afraid. It has some not bad moments and some visually arresting sequences, and some of the performances aren't all bad, but on the other hand, some performances real... More

Posted by KeithM at 23:40, 02 May 2011 | Report This Post


Why Does This man Continue To Make Films

Why do these films keep getting the go ahead ? Really this film is frankly awful, from start to finish. I am a huge fan of the games, who is not ? but these films piss all over them without the courtesy of calling it rain. The director is just a hack, but for some reason does not get the same hate that Uwe Ball does which i find strange. There is no tralent directorial wise at all, in fact is there even a story ? I find it weird that there is plenty of people who have potential to make great fi... More

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Posted by dawhite21 at 16:11, 17 March 2011 | Report This Post


Give Up

i dont know why i keep watching resident evil films ... More

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Posted by Joelrobinson at 19:18, 09 January 2011 | Report This Post


RE: PISS BLOODY POOR

Another high powered instalment from the Resident Evil franchise. Why do they say it's based on the video games if it does'nt follow the story from the games? Also Alice isn't even a charactor in the games. It was good to see Chris introduced into the movies, Wentworth Miller got Chris's moodiness down to a T, if you don't agree, watch Resident Evil: Degeneration, such a moody git in that, his worse than Cloud in Final Fantasy. The ending was cool, lots of helicoptors surrounding the ship, how ... More

Posted by white mage at 23:16, 07 January 2011 | Report This Post


RE: PISS BLOODY POOR

Perhaps Anderson had been watching Garth Marenhi's Darkplace and realised that the only way he could make his film run for over an hour was to use slow-mo? ... More

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Posted by simonmckergan1 at 20:35, 01 January 2011 | Report This Post


RE: PISS BLOODY POOR

Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee dumbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeest mooooooooooooooovie I've seen laaaaaaaast yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeear and after 45 miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinutes it also stoooooooooooooooooooops being fun and becomes a tiresome excesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss of slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow mooooooooooooooooooooootion. Seriously, this is the dumbest use of slow-motion I've seen yet. You can as much as swing your hand and Anderson would put slow-motio... More

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Posted by Deviation at 20:21, 01 January 2011 | Report This Post


PISS BLOODY POOR

AND WHATS WITH THE SURFER STYLE WESKER !!??? ... More

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Posted by lifesabeach at 16:38, 10 December 2010 | Report This Post


who cares about 3d...the film was sh*t

people are saying it started with high action that was amazing...clearly i seem to have missed that. i thought the fight scenes were really bloody poor. watching them was really boring. i was willing to give the film a chance after the last two being, in my own opinion, extremly crap. although i was slightly disapointed with the first film not being more true to the games (including actual characters and following each game story), but i still really enjoyed it, they still kept key elements the ... More

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Posted by lifesabeach at 16:36, 10 December 2010 | Report This Post


Another slice of comedy gold!

Once again I disagree with Empire's review: but in this case, I think you've been too bloody kind. How do they make "da money"? Good point, I haven't paid to see one of the RE movies since the first one. From then on I made it my mission to undermine the film's success by only watching illegal copies. Some franchises deserve that. Hell, some directors derserve it. Anderson, you've done it again! YOU FUCKING HACK! Still, it was nice to see Neil's big sister from "The Inbetweene... More

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Posted by sweetladybrick at 03:44, 17 November 2010 | Report This Post


Another slice of comedy gold!

Once again I disagree with Empire's review: but in this case, I think you've been too bloody kind. How do they make "da money"? Good point, I haven't paid to see one of the RE movies since the first one. From then on I made it my mission to undermine the film's success by only watching illegal copies. Some franchises deserve that. Hell, some directors derserve it. Anderson, you've done it again! YOU FUCKING HACK! Still, it was nice to see Neil's big sister from "The Inbetweene... More

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Posted by sweetladybrick at 03:44, 17 November 2010 | Report This Post


Average. ... More

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Posted by reminn at 09:25, 03 November 2010 | Report This Post


Film Chris is better than game and Film Wesker can go to hell

Game: Protagonist Chris in Resident Evil 5 is kinda wooden albeit finely rendered, whereas the overacted British-English speaking Wesker is, as overacted as he is, camp and dramatic enough to go with the solid score. Film: That pretty boy plays Chris like a cheeky worldly dude. WTF if you root for the original Chris but at least more lively, right? Wesker just plain sucks. Even his super-human abilities are rendered terribly compared to the game footage. ... More

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Posted by tsen at 16:04, 05 October 2010 | Report This Post


unfair rating

Yeah you always walk into one of these knowing it's rubbish but I've got to say while there is no effort in plot or acting or dialogue whatsoever, Paul Anderson definitely upped the game visually speaking. And I dont just mean the 3D. Not to pay compliment to the film, but comparing to previous installments to this sorry franchise, we ARE seeing some pretty outstanding set pieces here. Every now and then it slides into utter rubbishness (the prison sucks and most dudes suck!) but sucking is this... More

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Posted by tsen at 15:52, 05 October 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

**Spoilers!** It was ok, fun for the most part, but I'm starting to really think they should put it to bed. I was curious as to how they'd advance the story given that there was an army of Alices at the end of Extinction, all spouting super human strength and telekinesis powers that would make Jean Gray think twice before fucking around. The answer it would seem is to write a 15 minute opening sequence that kills off all the clones and robs Alice of her powers and then start fresh, ag... More

Posted by paulyboy at 17:06, 23 September 2010 | Report This Post


Five Star Experince, this is how 3D Should be!

Ok first off essentially everyone loves these movies...admit it why else do they make da money. Come on most video adaption’s are lucky if they get a sequel (which normally sinks it). But Resident Evil has spawned a quadrilogy, let's face it the franchise has broken the video-film curse. Now about the movie, firstly it's a video game adaption, second it's a sci-fi zombie flick, a well made one, but a monster movie at heart. Monster movies are known or meant to not have or need a well dev... More

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Posted by dgribble at 22:34, 19 September 2010 | Report This Post


3 stars for Resident Evil 3D

This is mindless fun, nothiong more. Great blast-em-up and a good hession hooded fiend swinging metal scene along with some slo-mo bullets and gore add to the enjoyment. The plot is neophyte and the dialogue a waste of time but by now we expect that! Add to the mix that we have leads you dopnt mind staring two hours at and one can even forgive a massive plane attack scene, no, its the end anticlimax! ... More

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Posted by filmsunlimited at 21:13, 19 September 2010 | Report This Post


3 stars for Resident Evil 3D

This is mindless fun, nothiong more. Great blast-em-up and a good hession hooded fiend swinging metal scene along with some slo-mo bullets and gore add to the enjoyment. The plot is neophyte and the dialogue a waste of time but by now we expect that! Add to the mix that we have leads you dopnt mind staring two hours at and one can even forgive a massive plane attack scene, no, its the end anticlimax! ... More

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Posted by filmsunlimited at 21:13, 19 September 2010 | Report This Post


3 stars for Resident Evil 3D

This is mindless fun, nothiong more. Great blast-em-up and a good hession hooded fiend swinging metal scene along with some slo-mo bullets and gore add to the enjoyment. The plot is neophyte and the dialogue a waste of time but by now we expect that! Add to the mix that we have leads you dopnt mind staring two hours at and one can even forgive a massive plane attack scene, no, its the end anticlimax! ... More

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Posted by filmsunlimited at 21:13, 19 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: oh dear

Bandit, If it hadn't been  for the last five minutes I might hve been tempted towards 3 stars, but the end was so lazy.... ... More

Posted by bretty at 17:18, 17 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

L: darth silas SPOILERS.. Watched this last night and thought it was great mindless fun.A huge improvement on the utterly boring third instalment.Hot babes,big guns,gory deaths.I was satisfied. Wentworth Millers first scene locked up HAD to be a Prison Break gag.He even came up with the plan for escapingoved to see the appearance of the axeman from Resi 5,ditto the final fight with Wesker and the Jill Valentine cameo. A high 3 stars from me. ou have a way of esca... More

Posted by Nostromo. at 01:57, 17 September 2010 | Report This Post


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