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    Resident Evil: Afterlife (Movie Review)

    Post  Paeter on September 15th 2010, 8:20 pm

    (Warning! This review contains some mild spoilers!)

    Although I’ve only played some of the first two video games in the “Resident Evil” series, I’ve watched all of the movies and enjoyed them for what they were,which wasn’t a lot. The same is true of the 4th movie in the series.

    At the end of “Resident Evil: Extinction”, the implied promise is made that Alice and friends would finally storm the underground headquarters of the Umbrella Corporation and take them out once and for all. If you were hoping “Afterlife” would play this out and give you the closure you’ve been waiting for in this series, enjoy the first ten minutes and then leave the theater. This movie ends with yet another cliffhanger.

    Rather than giving us the all out, crazy cool culmination of this series, the script practically resets the status quo to that of the first or second movie, very early on. Alice’s T-virus powers are taken away and Umbrella is as hidden and elusive as ever. In fact, due to a particular plot element, Alice even has to “meet” Claire Redfield all over again.

    Despite this disappointing downward turn in the series’ overall progression, the movie still has plenty of fun to be had for many viewers. Creature fans will enjoy the nasty looking zombies and their “tongues”, while action fans will dig the bullets, explosions and use of slow-motion, even if a few shots early on were taken directly from the Matrix movies.

    The movie creates a modest degree of tension, but is not what I would consider scary. One might even say the heroes are a little too cool for their own good. Some genuine fear in their eyes would have helped quite a bit. The script also seems more interested in providing Hollywood in-jokes (bashing on film producers) and video game fan satisfaction (the use of Chris and Claire to deliver the “final blow” near the end) than it is in creating a truly compelling story.

    Characters are two dimensional and unworthy of emotional investment(which hurts the intensity of the film). And the script occasionally contains elements that don’t make sense. (Why did the T-virus make one zombie put a potato bag on his head, and why bring the basketball star back for a lame one-liner?) Maybe playing all the games would answer my questions, but I don’t think I should have to do that.

    I can’t think of any worthwhile discussion that this movie might lend itself to. Pure mindless genre entertainment for those with the itch to scratch.

    Rated R for sequences of strong violence and language.

    Quality: 7.5/10

    Relevance: 5.0/10

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    Re: Resident Evil: Afterlife (Movie Review)

    Post  Nathan James Norman on September 15th 2010, 8:23 pm

    Honestly I'm very interested in watching these movies . . . but I'm hesitant to do so until I know there's a definitive ending . . . as opposed the the SyFy original movie endings I've heard fans complain about.

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    Re: Resident Evil: Afterlife (Movie Review)

    Post  Paeter on September 15th 2010, 8:48 pm

    Nathan James Norman wrote:Honestly I'm very interested in watching these movies . . . but I'm hesitant to do so until I know there's a definitive ending . . . as opposed the the SyFy original movie endings I've heard fans complain about.

    I'm right there with you. I kinda want to get these movies on DVD/Bluray some day. but not until I know they will actually have an ENDING!!!

    And what are you talking about regarding the SyFy original movie endings? You mean the fact that they usually end unresolved because they're hoping to get a series made?


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    Re: Resident Evil: Afterlife (Movie Review)

    Post  Nathan James Norman on September 16th 2010, 10:29 am

    Not so much the series being made . . . but SyFy movies tend to have a moment in the film where everything could be wrapped up (or feels wrapped up), then the camera pans over to a nest filled with evil lizard men eggs about to hatch, or the decapitated yeti growing another two heads, or a secret laboratory filled with thousands of clones of the recently slain mad scientist, and so on.

    SyFy movies have every opportunity for an ending . . . but often fail to grasp hold of it.

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