Reviews and Problems with Resident Evil: Afterlife
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Resident Evil: Afterlife
14 June 2011
Excerpt: When you look back at the year 2010, odds are that you’ll remember the name “Alice” from Tim Burton’s wonderful “Alice in Wonderland” as opposed to the main character of the “Resident Evil” movie franchise. I use the word “franchise” here because this is now the fourth installment and by the looks of things there’s no end in sight. Now to be fair, I’ve enjoyed a couple of the “Resident Evil” movies.
Excerpt: In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice, continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead - and Alice and her comrades are about to step into...
Summary: There is hope. Director Paul W.S. Anderson is back behind the camera for Resident Evil: Afterlife , the fourth installment in the popular zombie-infested, video game-based franchise that's made actress Mila Jovovich something of an Action icon as a gun-toting, butt-kicking lead, settling in as Hollywood's number two guns-blazing star of the fairer sex behind Angelina " Salt " Croft .
Excerpt: Maybe Shawn Roberts’ portrayal of Albert Wesker is meant to mimic the video games, stiff and utterly unconvincing, matching those early PlayStation entries of the franchise. That’s fine on a technicality, paying homage to what inspired this insipid film series, but it doesn’t work in execution because nothing else resembles the games.
Conclusion: 'Resident Evil: Afterlife' will sit comfortably as the middle shelf in this series, a film that doesn't come close to reaching the lows of 'Apocalypse,' but fails to come anywhere close to the fantastic original. It lacks a real point, and takes us from one unsatisfying tease of an ending, through a ridiculous story, to yet another unsatisfying tease of an ending. Hardly fulfilling stuff.
Conclusion: As you prepare for the onslaught in your lliving room that only Resident Evil: Afterlife on the Blu-ray format can deliver, let’s recap all the highlights as to why your going to click the link below and pre-order this title. First there’s Milla and Ali. There are zombies. Did I already mention Milla and Ali? Oh wait! Did I mention how good Milla and Ali look here kicking zombie a$$ everywhere they go? Well I did now!
Excerpt: Twenty years ago, the story arc of a video game existed almost entirely as a way to structure the action. The medium itself was such a novelty back then, at least as a home entertainment console, that people were looking for the most simplistic outline possible. It was harder to multi-task back when bands like Quiet Riot existed. Plus, there were four buttons to deal with, not counting the up, down, left and right arrows.
Excerpt: Paul W.S. Anderson must have learned something remaking the Roger Corman-produced 1975 cult classic Death Race 2000 as 2008’s Death Race. Anderson’s third go-round in the director’s chair as the auteur and scribe of the popular Resident Evil series benefits from a Corman-esque sense of economy: In classic B-movie form, most of the film takes place on a single set, a prison where a motley crew of survivors has taken refuge from a zombie apocalypse accidentally caused by...