Being a fan of the video games I am always on board for movies that are adapted from the popular gaming media. Resident Evil is one of those franchises where it’s perfectly ok to cheer for characters that are simply there to kick butt as you would be if you were inserted into a video game. Some video games turned into movies work wonderfully while many fail miserably (Max Payne, Tomb Raider amongst others). Luckily for Resident Evil the plot of the games is fairly simple and it lends to thrills and action when translated into movies.
In Resident Evil: Afterlife, zombies are everywhere after a virus has infected the populace so they are hard to kill. Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, infiltrates the Umbrella Corporation to find out what’s going down in zombie land.
Alice shoots, maims, destroys, and blows up countless numbers of people who get in her way of finding out the truth. Once she does, it’s off to find survivors who can join her in a crusade to rid the world of viral experiments gone wild, one human victim at a time.
Fans of the video games will enjoy this film even if it has rough spots and little coherence. Luckily the director of the first film returns to have at the fourth film in the franchise. It seems that Resident Evil is turning into a steady paycheck for Jovovich as she’s come a long way from The Fifth Element and Return to the Blue Lagoon. Unfortunately these four movies seem to typify her career although Jovovich will have a major role in the upcoming Three Musketeers film as Lady DeWinter.
As with every Resident Evil movie there is violence, lots and lots of violence. What would we expect from a shoot ’em up video game adaptation? Ali Larter makes an appearance as more eye candy. Jovovich looks fantastic and is in the best shape of her life.
The 3-D actually works fairly well, better than other franchise films this summer such as The Last Airbender. Blood splatters nicely in three dimensions even though moviegoers will know that it’s fake. As effects get better and better in 3-D, the added umph isn’t necessary in Resident Evil: Afterlife but it does help add to the realism of a clearly fake movie.
Resident Evil: Afterlife isn’t as scary as other movies. I already know the blood and zombies are not real. That’s not the point. If movies are meant to be fun and geared towards the fans then this is an opus to a steady video game title. This is clearly a niche film that will only serve a purpose to a select few.
Sometimes I wonder why they make films like Resident Evil: Afterlife. And then I remember playing the video games. While the video games strive to be top notch on the animation, storyline, and outright playability, the movies leave a lot to be desired when it comes to fundamentals of good storytelling. There will be a sequel as Jovovich has stated in interviews.
Resident Evil: Afterlife is rated R for extreme violence and language. The running time is 100 minutes. The Internet Movie Database provided information for this article.