'Resident Evil: Afterlife' is a science-fiction action film that released in 2010 to undeserved negative reviews from the Critics. This is the fourth installment in a series of film adaptations based on Capcom's horror video game series Resident Evil. It is also the first film in the series that released in 3D in the cinemas (I watched the 2D version on DVD). This sequel has turned out to be a box-office hit and the highest-grossing film of the series.
I liked the original, 'Resident Evil' which was fresh and exciting at the time. The second installment, 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse' was a disaster and the third part, 'Resident Evil: Extinction' was just about average. After the third, I had given up on the series, but 'Resident Evil: Afterlife' has resurrected the franchise with a fine COMEBACK.
The movie centres around Alice (Milla Jovovich) who is searching for survivors in Los Angeles after the T-virus outbreak has turned most of the population to flesh-eating zombies. As she does this, Alice realises, all is not what it seems.
The movie begins with high-octane action, which is maintained until the end. The feature keeps referring to the prequel (Resident Evil: Extinction) as it progresses with twists and turns. Along the way there is enough tension and excitement to keep the viewer entertained. The finale also has a couple of twists.
The highlights of the movie are the most stylish action set-pieces I've seen in recent times. In one word, FANTASTIC.
The main flaw is the below-par and artificial acting by the lead cast. Also the plot is weak.
The character of Alice was made for Milla Jovovich who is perfect in the role, although the acting ain't great. Ali Larter as Claire Redfield makes her presence felt. Wentworth Miller as Chris Redfield is really wooden. Boris Kodjoe as Luther Wes is likeable. Shawn Roberts who plays the main villain, Albert Wesker fails in the part in all departments.
The direction provided by Paul W. S. Anderson is an accomplishment when it comes to making an all-out action movie. Now he can work on the acting of the performers.
The superb background music by Tomandandy (Composer Duo: Thomas Hajdu and Andy Milburn) is one of best scores of 2010. The ambient music on its own creates tension, fear, excitement and suspense. The fresh fusion of heavy-metal/electronic/drum music comes together brilliantly. The pulsating atmospheric intense music brings the action to life in a cool way.
I wasn't expecting much due to the two poor prequels, as a result I was pleasantly surprised. This installment is equally as good as the first part and depending on how you react to it, you might find that this movie BETTERS the original. For fans of the franchise, you'll love it.
'Resident Evil: Afterlife' is a stylish action feature that reaches the next level.