September 10, 2010 Resident Evil: Afterlife
Studio: Sony Pictures Rating: R for sequences of strong violence and language.
Like the zombies at its core...the Resident Evil movie series just won't die. The latest chapter is "Afterlife" and it's in 3D.
Milla Jovovich returns to star as Alice, the genetically altered heroine of the first three installments.
Alice is still very unhappy with the Umbrella Corporation. The company is responsible for unleashing the T-Virus which has destroyed most of the life on Earth.
Joined by copies of herself, Alice takes on Umbrella's forces in their underground fortress below Tokyo.
Following the assault, Alice finds herself turned back into a normal human being.
She flies a small airplane to the Alaskan town of Arcadia, where an automated broadcast promises a virus-free environment with food and shelter.
But Arcadia is a myth. Finding only a lone woman named Claire..an old comrade played by Ali Larter, they take to the skies again and head south...to a zombie-infested Los Angeles.
In L.A., Alice discovers the truth about Arcadia. She and a small group of survivors have to figure out a way to get there...past an endless wave of the undead.
"Resident Evil: Afterlife" is a visually entertaining film. Director Paul W.S. Anderson paints a vivid portrait of life after the end of the world..and the action sequences...while blatantly ripping off "The Matrix" have a lot of style and flash.
But the story is so dumb I can't recommend it. There are several moments in which something so outlandish happens it just pulled me right out of the story. When an army of zombies is probably you're most believable story element, you know you have some problems.
Jovovich and Larter look pretty flying around blasting zombies with their high caliber weapons, but no one will ever accuse them of being great actresses. They deliver one-note performances which merely serve to move the story from one scene to the next.
On my rating scale, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" earns a SINGLE.
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