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Resident Evil: Afterlife
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 13 September 2010 19:42

Resident Evil: AfterlifeThe “magic” of 3D is quickly wearing out its welcome, but I have to say it is used to great effect in this latest zombie action-thriller. Now if only the rest of the film had been as resonant as the visual effects we’d have a winner. Resident Evil: Afterlife starts out with a bang that quickly fades to a fizzle and had me moaning “need braaainnns…” by the end of it.

The opening sequence is one of the most beautifully done 3D scenes I’ve seen so far showing a very moody, slow-mo of people walking in the rain on a city street… the layering of the water drops, transparent umbrellas, and expressionless human faces is spectacular paired with the heavy atmospheric music. Pan in on one of those faces, a girl, and we see that not all is right with the world, and we see just how quickly the zombie virus has spread around the world.

Milla Jovovich as AliceEnter Alice (Milla Jovovich) who is still seeking revenge on Umbrella Corporation, the company responsible for the spread of the virus. I won’t waste your time if you are not a RE fan, but simply put Alice has an immunity in her blood against the virus. After an attack on Umbrella headquarters wipes out her resources, she meets up with Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and they scour the coast looking for signs of life.

Let's kick some zombie ass!They find it – in Hollywood of all places – at an abandoned prison. But they need to escape and who better to get them out than the star of Jailbreak; Wentworth Miller! I’m not sure if I was the only person in the theatre to see the irony of this, but I thought it was pretty funny.

The special effects in this movie do look spectacular in 3D and if you are a fan of the series or the video games I doubt you will be disappointed. I found the movie lagged a bit, despite being only 90-minutes long, but overall it is a decent installment to the Resident Evil franchise.

INFOKERNALS:

Director Paul W.S. Anderson, Starring Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter.

In 1989 Milla Jovovich guest starred in 1 episode of Married With Children.

RE4 is the first videogame adaptation to be released in 3D.