Resident Evil: Afterlife review articles were held off until today. The Resident Evil: Afterlife review delay is not surprising, since Resident Evil: Afterlife reviews were not expected to be promising. Despite having a new 3-D look, borrowing James Cameron’s 3-D techniques, the fourth movie in the zombie series is unlikely to be critic-friendly. However, it does hope to keep the franchise going, and hold off the growing 3-D backlash. The first Resident Evil: Afterlife review comments don’t offer much encouragement on those fronts, however.
The popular video game has already spawned three movies about a zombie-plagued world, a sinister corporation, and the female warrior fighting them both. In this fourth installment, Milla Jovovich’s Alice is still kicking, and is heading for Los Angeles to find a new safe haven — which is anything but, of course.
The Resident Evil: Afterlife review articles are just now coming in, since Screen Gems studios did not give advance screenings. That is usually the kiss of death, at least when it comes to critics. The first batch of comments on Rotten Tomatoes have reflected that so far.
The first eight Resident Evil: Afterlife review scores have been negative, with an average 3.6 rating out of 10. That would certainly make it the lowest-rated movie in the franchise, as it needs several good write-ups to overtake Apocalypse’s 21 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and Extinction’s 22 percent. The original still has the highest scores at 34 percent.
This new version is trying to be a special occasion, as original director Paul W.S. Anderson returns, with 3-D techniques first used by James Cameron. However, Anderson has never been a critical favorite, and 3-D has been losing its luster throughout the year. Therefore, Resident Evil: Afterlife review comments are bound to be prejudiced against them.
Despite the usual critical drubbing, the movie still stands to do well at the box office. This is among the slowest periods of the year for movies, and the Labor Day weekend films all underperformed last week. Given the fanbase for the franchise, and the 3-D prices, a weekend victory should be assured. However, things will get busier next week, so the movie needs to make money while it can.
Although the Resident Evil: Afterlife review scores may not be promising throughout the day, the movie still stands to rise from the critics’ death sentence, like Alice and her zombie foes. They’ve done so three times already, so a fourth triumph appears inevitable.
Rotten Tomatoes- “Resident Evil: Afterlife”
Entertainment Weekly- “Resident Evil: Afterlife has multiplex to itself thanks to weak competition”
Kansas City Star- “Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D – No critics allowed”