Sunday, June 12, 2011

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) Dir. by Paul W.S. Anderson

While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors who want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia.

Paul W.S. Anderson is really a hit or miss Director. He has done plenty of movies that are absolutely ridiculous that I still enjoy watching, like: Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon (Which I love!!!), Soldier, Resident Evil (the first one), Death Race, and his upcoming remake The Three Musketeers looks amazing. Unfortunately for Paul, his return to the series he started is less the stellar. I tried watching this movie the last four nights in a row and fell asleep three times. I DON'T fall asleep during movies. It isn't my style, and I must admit I have been really tired lately, but that shouldn't be an excuse.

The acting was atrocious. I can't think of a single performance other than Milla's that was even memorable. All she had to do was do the same thing she had done for the previous three films.

There were two scenes of the film that I really enjoyed though. One of them was the opening sequence, and the other was the last action sequence near the end. The thing is there was just so much boring stuff in the movie, and usually it is used to tell a story. This film didn't have a story. All of a sudden there was just random types of zombies. There was a giant guy that was never in the video games. He looked like Pyramid Head from Silent Hill, only instead of carrying a giant knife he was carrying some sort of meat tenderizer with a blade attached to it. The zombies from Resident Evil games 4 & 5 all of a sudden showed up with no explanation. They just popped up a few times in the film and La Plaga was never explained. The Redfield characters where underused. They had such a huge presence in the games, but in the movies they are just pointless. Claire has memory loss, but it is never resolved, so that subplot just dies out through the film. Wesker a.k.a. the most important villain in every single one of the video games, is even more underused, and kind of a pussy. Even the fact that they gave him the T-Virus and barely use that is horrible. It has been a long time since I had seen a film this bad, but it just seemed like they tried to film some cool scenes to use 3D, but didn't care about anything else in the film. I really hope they just stop now. Although, I wouldn't mind seeing someone else pick up the franchise, and tell the real video game story of Leon. Now that would be badass. Time will tell, but until then just don't waste your time with this film.

Entertainment Value: 3 out of 4 pointless characters in a film
Cinematic Value: 2 out of 4 pointless characters in a film


R.D. Penning said...

Ok... so right after writing this article I find out that there is already another crappy movie planned called Resident Evil: Retribution, and they are bringing back Jill Valentine.

Steve Miller, Writer of Stuff said...

I've never played any of the computer games, so my knowledge of "Resident Evil" comes from these films (well... and from a couple "Numa-Numa" YouTube cartoons), so that might be why I enjoyed this movie more than you did.

I do agree with you that the opening few minutes were among the best in the entire film. I actually think there would have been lots of potential in a movie about the army of Alices fighting there way to Umbrella Corp's HQ, and possibly even fighting amongst themselves.

I could have done without the cliffhanger ending, though. They're getting tiresome, because the filmmakers never really follow through on them. (They came closest with this installment, but they still didn't live up to the potential of what was set up.)

The Film Connoisseur said...

Agree, not the greatest film in the world. Still, I did manage to have some fun with it. And in theaters, the 3D effects proved to be quite good. I had fun with this one, even with all its flaws. After all, I dont expect to get Oscar caliber performances or a profound story out of these movies, I'm just looking for some fun, which the film does deliver in spades.

R.D. Penning said...

I would have been ok with crappy acting and no plot had the entire middle 2/4 of the film not been so boring.