Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
What can I say, I’m a sucker for the Resident Evil movies, and I thought that this one was again very enjoyable. The beginning did seem to be a little bit choppy and undeveloped, with the timeline leaving me a little bit confused. In fact, both the beginning and the ending only really made sense if you had recently watched the previous three movies, which I hadn’t.
I love the depiction of Los Angeles as the destroyed, festering wound of a city. The desolate wasteland of the desert-reclaimed Las Vegas from Extinction was well done, but aside from Las Vegas itself, the rest was just a desert wasteland. The destruction in this film goes far beyond, further into the realm of the dystopian film. Thematically, the Umbrella Corporation still seems to be the root of all evil, although their desire to control the decimated world seems to be further and further stretched by this point. Like the other Resident Evil films, Alice and friends face off against the undead, as well as a slew of bizarre mutants created through variation of the T-Virus that has plagued the world.
Afterlife was released in 3D, and overall it was done well. I’m still not convinced that the new influx of movies in 3D has actually added anything to the overall movie offering. It’s handled better than the old blue and red glasses, and there are certainly elements that pop a bit more being in 3D, but I don’t think I saw a single scene that was actually made markedly better through the addition of the third dimension.
Resident Evil: Afterlife was a fun film, like all the others, as long as you don’t take it seriously at all. It really does exist in it’s own world, which seems to get less coherent as the series progresses. That arm’s length removal hurts it somewhat in the dystopian analysis, as it is removed from reality. I do recommend it though, along with the rest of the series.
Review Date: 2010-10-09
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220634/