This weekend Paul WS Anderson’s fourth installment in the Resident Evil franchise entitled Afterlife will hit theaters. Once again, Alice (Milla Jovovich) will be the only thing stopping zombies from taking over the world and this time she’s brought some friends with her including Ali Larter (Resident Evil: Extinction), Wentworth Miller (“Prison Break“), and Boris Kodjoe (“Undercovers“). See what the critics are saying about her latest 3D adventure…
The main crux of the plot owes a great debt to George A. Romero’s ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and John Carpenter’s ‘Assault on Precinct 13’; months after she has lost her powers, Alice and Claire Redfield (Ali Larter reprising her role from Extinction) are patrolling the skies of the West Coast searching for survivors. They discover and come to the aid of a motley crew who are held up in a prison with a ravenous horde of zombies at their door. The main people are a film producer and his intern, a failed actress, a basketball star and a bodybuilder – welcome to Los Angeles. [Obsessed with Film]
Milla Jovovich puts in another fine performance as the movie’s heroine; not just does she look like she could rip the head off a zombie but exhibits a calm and confident panache as she conducts her business. Jovovich has become a fully-fledged action starlet who is deserving of far more praise from action audiences and critics than she has received. [Obsesses With Film]
The 3D is the highlight. While the previously mentioned CG bullet is over-the-top, most of the fight scenes are well thought out, with great care taken to have interesting things flying into the camera or other moments which benefit from added depth perception.[BlogCritics]
Anderson’s film flies by on a wave of energy, rapid editing, rockin’ music and highlights the fact a fantasy film can get by quite well without an interesting story to tell. It is formulaic genre material with little ambition but to please the audience with the hallowed trinity: girls, gore and guns.
It’s daft but strangely enjoyable. One doesn’t want to call it a ‘guilty pleasure’ as such. As a lover of the first two games I have a soft spot for this series. But for some Resident Evil: Afterlife is the embodiment of ‘evil’ and will no doubt assume the role of ‘portent to the end of cinema’, with Paul W.S. Anderson pegged as Beelzebub himself. [Filmshaft]
Well, what do you think? Are you still interested in seeing Resident Evil Afterlife this weekend?