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15
Cast
Milla Jovovich
Ali Larter
Shawn Roberts
Wentworth Miller.
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Paul WS Anderson.
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Paul WS Anderson.
Running Time
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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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In a series that deals with viral mutations, it’s pretty fitting that the fourth Resident Evil, a film that found its routes in the sort of humble zombie/ mad scientist territory, is practically mutated beyond recognition. And when is mutation ever really a good thing? Told like a story translated into French, Japanese, back to English, and finally into GGAAAAKEEERFLLLAAARGH, it’s a bloody patchwork of action movie cliches, clunky dialogue and more slow motion than you can shake a... More

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Posted by ehowarth at 00:58, 17 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: oh dear

easily the best "3D" I've seen since Avatar - which it should be as they used the same camera system as was designed for Avatar - which makes a nice change to all the cr*ppy "converted" 3D films hitting the cinemas to cash in on the fad... the only dodgy effect was on the plane that alice was flying after the start, the scale looked completely wrong against the huge landscape backdrops and the plane looked almost transparent in places! the film itself? not bad, not great, kinda averag... More

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Posted by hampstead bandit at 18:55, 16 September 2010 | Report This Post


oh dear

Not as awful as some have made out, but there are some terrible elements to it. I didn't think the 3D was too bad, and two bits of totty as leads didn't go down too badly either. I thought the biggest let down was in the last five minutes...(SPOILERS).....the guy who couldn't die, even after an explosion that took out a chunk of a city, and the last scene where they left you with a daft cliff-hanger when you KNOW they won't make another of these. The director and writers sadly had very bad da... More

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Posted by bretty at 23:59, 15 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

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. ... More

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Posted by darth silas at 19:56, 15 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

L: simonmckergan1 What a film, it takes story telling and acting to another level.  The tension in some of the scenes was unbelievable.  A classic of the genre.  The use of slow motion was a bold stroke, adding literally 30 minutes more to this "classic".  And an ending that begs for more!  I jest of course.  A piece of shit.  Avoid. :D]] ... More

Posted by juanvasquez at 17:04, 15 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

What a film, it takes story telling and acting to another level.  The tension in some of the scenes was unbelievable.  A classic of the genre.  The use of slow motion was a bold stroke, adding literally 30 minutes more to this "classic".  And an ending that begs for more!    I jest of course.  A piece of shit.  Avoid. p;       ... More

Posted by simonmckergan1 at 15:28, 15 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

Already saw that moment. So still not interested.  ... More

Posted by Deviation at 14:55, 15 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

There's a guy in it with a big axe though. A really big axe. ... More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 12:24, 15 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

L: fugaziuk nce the purpose of these films only exist for Anderson to parade his hot wife naked (and don't say that it is for any other reason, like money, becuase if you do you are deluded), for how long is Alice naked in this?  here isn't one scene where she is naked. he film just lost a viewer....... ... More

Posted by Deviation at 11:23, 14 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

I am happy for these movies to exist if they keep Anderson away from franchises I actully care about. ... More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 11:19, 14 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

nce the purpose of these films only exist for Anderson to parade his hot wife naked (and don't say that it is for any other reason, like money, becuase if you do you are deluded), for how long is Alice naked in this?  here isn't one scene where she is naked. ... More

Posted by fugaziuk at 10:57, 14 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

Domestic gross of $27 million. Highest Resident Evil opening gross for any film in the franchise (3D ticket prices) and the first Resident Evil to go in at No.1 worldwide. Dunno if you guys follow Jovovich on Twitter but... Hey now! http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=28894 ... More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 20:37, 13 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Are you kidding me.

L: Death_Row_Marv ****/*****ote]atched: Piranha 3D - 4/5 Tekken (2010) - 3/5 The Expendables - 4/5 Scott Pilgrim - 2/5 ou rate the train wreck of a movie Tekken better than Scott Pilgrim??? Really? ekken is what it is, a late 80's throwback to films like Arena, Bloodsport, Best of The Best etc and does what sets out to do. Scott Pilgrim is a bit of a mess IMO. Flashy but just didnt work out for me as I found it un-funny with dull souless main characters. As... More

Posted by kenada_woo at 18:46, 13 September 2010 | Report This Post


Sad Panda

Well Resi 5 the film is go. p; It really is a sad state of affiars tha the games have a better story and make more sence than the nonsensical crap Anderson has turned the films into. Just tossing villians and heros from all of the games.   I don't mind 1 and 3. They were OK films.  2 was utter crap, one of the most badly directed and edited films ever(even worse than Padnorum.) 4 was just dumb. And not even dumb fun.   In a year when Inception showed us that action... More

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Posted by Death_Row_Marv at 12:45, 13 September 2010 | Report This Post


Awesome film

This was a very enjoyable fast paced action/horror film which was very true to the resident evil games. Take it for what it is and you will enjoy it! ... More

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Posted by moo.v.buff at 11:06, 13 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

Well since the purpose of these films only exist for Anderson to parade his hot wife naked (and don't say that it is for any other reason, like money, becuase if you do you are deluded), for how long is Alice naked in this?  ... More

Posted by Deviation at 20:44, 12 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Resident Evil: Afterlife

It's the largest opening for the series, took $10 million in the US. It's expected to have a domestic opening weekend of about $28 million. Budget was $60 million, and it's bound to make a pretty penny over seas too. I expect a sequel will be announced tomorrow morning ... More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 19:52, 12 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Are you kidding me.

Seemed spot on to me. After playing Resi 5 he was hamtastic in both the game and the film. Tell you what though, does my head in how some people kind of apologise for liking these films 'Guilty pleasure' so to speak. You gotta just like what you like man, fuck the haters! nyone know how this did at the box office? Hopefully we get part 5 sooner rather than never! ... More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 18:59, 12 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Are you kidding me.

L: Death_Row_Marv L: juanvasquez L: Death_Row_Marv Seeing as this film version of Wesker came after the Matrix your comment makes no sense. ut did the game? ote] Wesker from the film is different to the games. Film Wesker is a carbon copy of Agent Smith. eally? I thought he was spot on. Cold and as wooden as a forest. ... More

Posted by juanvasquez at 17:31, 12 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Are you kidding me.

L: juanvasquez L: Death_Row_Marv Seeing as this film version of Wesker came after the Matrix your comment makes no sense. ut did the game? ote] Wesker from the film is different to the games. Film Wesker is a carbon copy of Agent Smith. ... More

Posted by Death_Row_Marv at 17:07, 12 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Are you kidding me.

L: Death_Row_Marv Seeing as this film version of Wesker came after the Matrix your comment makes no sense. ut did the game? ... More

Posted by juanvasquez at 16:59, 12 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Are you kidding me.

****/*****ote]atched: Piranha 3D - 4/5 Tekken (2010) - 3/5 The Expendables - 4/5 Scott Pilgrim - 2/5 ou rate the train wreck of a movie Tekken better than Scott Pilgrim??? Really? ... More

Posted by Death_Row_Marv at 16:50, 12 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Are you kidding me.

Seeing as this film version of Wesker came after the Matrix your comment makes no sense. ... More

Posted by Death_Row_Marv at 16:48, 12 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Are you kidding me.

Have to go along with MoBiUGeArSkIn and Bozz on this one...I had an absolute blast of a time watching this on Friday as did the packed audience I saw it with. The 3D just makes all the action scenes that more fun and engaging, with each set piece hitting all the right adrenaline buttons. The added bonus of Anderson letting go and throwing everything he wants at the screen just made the whole thing a great rollercoaster ride. I've heard people complain that its just a rip off of the Matri... More

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Posted by kenada_woo at 14:41, 12 September 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Are you kidding me.

L: Death_Row_Marv Apart from the Collector, this is the worst film this year. 2 stars is kind to this film. Awful. This wants to be the Matrix so bad it is not even its own film. Worst of the bunch. Agent Wesker, Agent Smith no sorry just Wesker follows ever single mannerism of Hugo Weaving. The fight scenes are boring and so stupid. The talky bits are so wooden and badly acted. The only kind words I can say is the 3D is OK. I have never been so tempted to walk out of the ... More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 11:14, 12 September 2010 | Report This Post


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