Movie Review: Resident Evil: Afterlife
23 Sep, 2010
Resident Evil : Afterlife is the 4th film in the zombie/video game-turned movie franchise, and like so many movies lately, has looked to 3D to give it a shot in the arm. But unlike most movies utilizing the gimmicky trend, Resident Evil 4 actually uses it to bump up the fun factor, and does a surprisingly good job of it. Fans of zombie movies may feel a bit jilted by this movie, as its really more of a monster movie than a tale of the walking undead, but semantics aside, it manages to be a pretty fun and entertaining horror-esgue movie.
Fans of the game series will notice that is gets back a bit more to the roots of the original story line, which is only really notable because the story line for the games is far more solid than the movies have been able to provide. But either way, this movie isn’t exactly plot driven. While the story is certainly good enough to get from A to B without boring people, this movie relies more on the 3D effects playing with the audience and some decently impressive action sequences to keep the viewers entertained.
While 3D blood and gore flying off the screen is great fun ( and this is some of the best 3D to date, with people in the theater actually trying to clear zombie bits off their glasses…no joke) this film could have benefited from a bit more focus towards suspense and a few good old fashion ‘jumpy’ scenes. It’s usually a common mistake for modern horror movies to rely too heavily on the standard quiet-scene-followed-by-a-sudden-loud-noise, but the occasional one here and there throughout is not only a bad thing, but almost a requirement. This film was sorely lacking in the chills and thrills department.
Milla Jovovich does a respectable job with her 4th go around with the character of Alice. While certainly nothing award-worthy, she does a decent job with the femme-fatale role. Ali Larter does an adequate job with her character, Clair, and Wentworth Miller does his best Dean Winchester impersonation to play his character of Chris.
Resident Evil : Afterlife is a pretty fun movie with some great 3D effects, but far to light on the horror aspect that a zombie (or monster) movie should inherently provide.
6 out of 10.