Once again donning her action fatigues, the lovely and talented Mila
Jovovich returns to the Resident Evil series as Alice, a survivor of the
Umbrella Corporation who were responsible for decimating almost all of
humanity by turning them into zombies, thanks to their deadly T-Virus.
Given this, Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D is the fourth movie in the franchise and
it's great to see Jovovich continue as one of the world's most popular
action heroines and even though the stories of Resident Evil were a
little on the clichéd and at times unoriginal side, the action sequences
have always been pretty damn cool.
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson,
Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D may not add anything new to this genre but
beautiful women with guns, killing zombies seems to work rather well
with cinema goers and this current tale is no exception to that rule. The
film begins with Alice attempting to take down Albert Wesker (Shawn
Roberts), the current leader of the villainous Umbrella Corporation who
injects our hero with an antidote to her T-Virus condition that leaves
her powerless. For some reason, Alice was immune to this virus and
rather than turning her into a full blown zombie, it bestowed upon her
almost superhero type abilities.
As a fight ensures, Alice escapes with
her life and it appears that Wesker is indeed dead. Now as a
regular woman, Alice decides to seek Arcadia, the last stronghold of
humans on the planet. Upon discovering Arcadia, she finds it deserted,
only to run into none other than Claire Redfield (Ali Larter).
Eventually the two decide to search for other survivors and end up in
Los Angeles were they team up with an almost video game inspired cast
that include former basketball star Luther West (Boris Kodjoe), Chris
Redfield, Claire's brother and some others who act as cannon fodder for
the zombies. Together, they attempt to garner their forces in order to
decipher a message from a ship that may actually indicate that Arcadia
From here, the action goes into overdrive as Alice and
Claire take on an almost never ending supply of zombies and one
particular giant zombie that really increases the visual level of this
movie, thanks to some clever "bullet-time" segments of slow motion
stunts as objects that fly out of your TV screen. With that said, most
viewers will know how Resident Evil: Afterlife will end and which
characters will get killed but considering that this is the fourth
instalment of the franchise, it's definitely aimed at fans because if
you have failed to see any of the previous films, you might be
scratching your head to what all the superfluous plots are all about.
Nonetheless, it's all about three things here, Milla Jovovich as the
kickass Alice, the action and finally, the 3D which does turn this
movie from passable to entertaining. As we all know, the series is known for
its over the top acting that is sometimes cringe worthy but for an
action movie, it's actually not that bad for a zombie flick but in terms
of acting, Ali Larter is great as the confused Claire Redfield not to
mention easy on the eyes.
Boris Kodjoe as a former basketball star has some great one-liners ands
adds to the clichéness of the film.
Jovovich once again plays the shoot first, ask questions later Alice
perfectly but thankfully in Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D, we learn a
little more about this interesting character.
Video, Audio &
The video quality of Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D looks outstanding on
Blu-ray, thanks to the MPEG-4 MVC codec which looks stunning on 1080p.
Although the movie is set in a post apocalyptic world which is rather
dark and gritty, the images are very sharp and what colours do grace the
movie are quite vibrant with deep blacks thrown into the mix. Apart from the Milla Jovovich
who graces this movie in all her beauty, the other star of this movie is
definitely the 3D which at times jumps out of your TV. Sure, the 3D does
you the stereotypical effects of this genre to wake you up but it's
actually done quite good.
Unfortunately the movie lacks a little depth
control and most of the film feels quite flat, until the 3D kicks in.
Apart from the 3D, the special effects of Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D
are quite realistic and only assist in complimenting the rather clichéd
and over the top story. Finally, we have a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track
that makes good use of surround sound, with crystal clear audio and some
standout action moments. All in all, both the video and audio quality of
this film are quite exceptional. Music works well as does the bass in
the movie which adds some great punches to the story.
Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D features some interesting special features,
provided you are a fan of the series. My favourite is "Undead Vision"
that takes the viewer on a behind the scenes journey into the making of
the movie from discussions with cast and crew. Audio commentary is
provided by writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson and Producers Jeremy Bolt
and Robert Kulzer which go into the technical side of the story,
including that of the characters and some of the difficulties they
encountered in making the film. There are also a plethora of
featurettes, trailers, outtakes, deleted scenes and of course BD-Live
and MovieIQ which nicely rounds out this presentation. A digital copy of
the film is also included.
In the end, Resident Evil: Afterlife lacks the bang of some other zombie
movies and given that the story never truly followed the original
storyline of the video game, it divide some fans but also created new
ones. However there is something
inertly interesting about the character Alice that has made her so
popular in the movie world and if you want another 3D movie for your
collection, you probably should check this out, just for the action
scenes. Add in some excellent special features and outstanding
video/audio quality, Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D is definitely for
but I fear that this series may be heading in the wrong direction. Let's
wait and see!