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Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

September 13, 2010

VERDICT:
2/10 Parts of the Problem

One of those movies that the studio should probably be paying us to go see.

Now, I haven’t exactly been keeping tabs on this series since the first one came out, but something tells me the story hasn’t exactly evolved a whole lot over the years. Resident Evil: Afterlife is about a chick named Alice who’s traveling the globe with her endless supply of uzis to take down the evil Umbrella Corporation after they unleashed a worldwide epidemic that turned everyone and their dogs into super zombies. She finds some survivors, they try to survive, they shoot some zombies in the brain, some people get eaten, yada, yada, yada.

Sounds familiar?

It’s directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the guy responsible for such American classics as SoldierDeath Race, Alien vs. Predator, and the first Resident Evil among others. A resume that speaks for itself, yet somehow, some way, he’s still allowed to make movies. You know, if I was part of the staff responsible for funding this disgrace, I don’t think I’d be all too cool handing the reigns over to a guy who decrees that every single action scene has to be filmed in slow-mo because his mission statement probably reads something along the lines of “I like The Matrix. Guns are cool”. It’s just so rare and unfortunate to come across a movie that’s so poor on every front. His script, his directing, the endlessly weak gimmicks he uses to justify filming this in 3D and the fact that this is, like, his seventh movie just makes me feel bad for the guy more than anything else.

But I think the real killer for this movie is that’s it’s actually boring as all hell. There is a lot of downtime between action scenes here that more or less boil down to Milla Jovovich recording one-woman video journals to apparently explain the many depths to her character and how there’s zombies everywhere (you know, in case we forgot). While it doesn’t help to have crappy shootouts to break up the monotony, the monotony really does feel like an eternity. Awfully strange for a video game series that’s notorious for being as monotonous as a rave during an earthquake.

And with the exception of Wentworth Miller who’s not quite horrible as Chris Redfield (even though his biceps need to be, oh, 30 times larger), the acting here absolutely blows. Milla JovovichAli Larter, this guy Boris Kodjoe who’s freaking everywhere these days, and some dude named Shawn Roberts who’s painfully bad as the final boss, Albert Wesker – yeah, they’re all garbage. Granted, they’ve got nothing to work with from the moment the lame-ass opening credits start up, but I like to think they at least knew what they were getting into here. I sure did.

It doesn’t work as a horror movie, it doesn’t work as an action movie and it doesn’t work as an apocalypse movie, but it does continue to diminish any and all chances that video games have of ever be taken seriously by mankind.

Folks, if you’ve seen one Resident Evil, you’ve seen ‘em all. It’s beyond me how they’ve managed to squeeze three sequels out of this shit and it’s terribly unfortunate how much money it’s probably going to make this weekend thanks to it being the only new wide release, but don’t be a sucker, don’t support this movie. The only saving grace to Resident Evil: Afterlife is that you know it’s gonna be horrendous going in so that it’s practically impossible to be disappointed as a result, and that’s about the only “compliment” I can come up with. So save those 17 bucks, go to Gamestop, pick up Resident Evil 4 and appreciate why this series even got started in the first place.

In short, fuck this movie. Can’t believe I even wrote this much.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2010 1:35 pm

    I’m so glad I decided not to see this film. Thanks for the confirmation lol

  2. September 13, 2010 8:59 pm

    Looks crappy as hell, but when I think about it, I don’t think any of these were good, maybe the third if I’m bored.

    • September 14, 2010 12:55 pm

      Been a long time since I saw the first one (all I remember is that guy getting lazered into bits), seen bits and pieces of the second one since they show it on TBS every other day, never seen a second of the third one though. Something tells me it’s not all too different from this.

  3. September 14, 2010 2:06 am

    I saw the third one in theatres and said, “never again.” Unfortunately there appear to be people who keep rewarding crap like this to the tune of almost 28 million dollars.

    BTW that poll question is way too hard.

    • September 14, 2010 12:56 pm

      hahaha. there’s a reason behind the poll, but i agree, it’s a tough call.

      and it really sucks that this movie made so much money because it was the only thing that came out. can’t believe people keep digging into their pockets to actually see this shit.

  4. September 14, 2010 6:06 am

    Oh dear. Was there a need for this sequel in the first place? I think not.

  5. Darren permalink
    September 14, 2010 7:00 am

    @ Dan: Was there a need for any of the three proceeding movies either? I know that there’s a bit of fondness for the first one, but I never really enjoyed any of these films.

  6. September 14, 2010 1:48 pm

    haha, you’re right on about R.E. and it’s very “in depth” plot and characters! Your post made me laugh. I also gave it a pretty poor rating. http://scarletsp1der.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/alice-in-zombieland/ Nice work!

    • September 14, 2010 3:57 pm

      Thanks and good review, seems like we’re on the same page with this one.

  7. September 14, 2010 4:24 pm

    OUCH!! I’m not terribly surprised though. I hated Extinction and in fact other than the first film, I don’t think I’ve liked any of them very much. Why the hell do I keep watching these? I completely blame my husband, he just can’t get enough Milla!

  8. HermioneO permalink
    November 18, 2010 3:27 pm

    I saw this dog and I hope they stop making them. God it was bad. I gave it a 3/10 but I give credit for things like special effects and so on. I mean, It wasn’t as bad as Attack of The Killer Tomatoes, but that is my 1 out of 10.

    Resident Evil – 6
    Apocalypse – 5 but only because it had Oded Fehr, otherwise 4.
    Extinction – 6
    This crap that I hope is the end – 3.

    • November 18, 2010 3:32 pm

      Man, you’re generous with those other ones. Only seen the first one, but these are all gross bastardizations of a pretty damn good video game series. Can’t believe Paul W. S. Anderson is allowed to make movies.

  9. February 11, 2012 8:34 am

    The only good part of this movie is its very first part. The rest sucks, I’m glad I didn’t watch this. 😀 It would be a waste of time.

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