Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

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"Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D" is by far one of the most stunningly well choreographed films, I've ever had the great honor of seeing. Never before have I witnessed a truly great action film that featured so many great visuals, and that's not even mentioning the 3-D choreography either. The 3-D imagery is nothing short of amazing, as some of the visuals literally almost pop out of the screen. Entrancing audiences with it's visual treats that will feast your eyes, as it leaves the viewer wanting even more. As I've said, the action sequences, choreography, and visuals are perhaps some of the finest I've ever seen. Bravo, to Milla Jovovich and her crew for making a another visual masterpiece.... Sadly, there's only one small problem. Something that...seems to be missing here.... Hm...whatever could it be, I wonder. Oh I know...how about a decent story that doesn't contain too many freaking plot holes and mindless cliches!

Yes, "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D" is a visual masterpiece in every sense of the freaking word, but the story that comes with it is so abysmal, that you'll be pondering if it was even worth paying a few extra bucks to see this film. After all, if a strong story line doesn't mean that much and all you want is eye candy, then look no further than this film. Besides, who needs a great story, when you have a hot girl like Alice (Milla Jovovich) blowing crap up while fighting hordes of zombies and other genetic freaks. Yeah, this might be a good sales pitch to the average viewer that doesn't care about story, but it's definitely not worth your time if you want to see a more quality based film.

Plus, what the heck is the deal with slow motion scenes these days? Seriously, it seems ever since that damn "Matrix trilogy" came out, Hollywood seems to think that every action scene in a movie needs to be shot in slow motion. Which don't get me wrong when used it's used properly, it can literally enhance any dramatic fight and/or climatic scene. However, when it's used almost borderline obsessively like it was in this movie, it comes off more as annoying if anything. Taking away more of the dramatic element, rather than enhancing or even adding to it, as slow motion is supposed to be intended for.

Now, before I get into why the story wasn't that great, I would like to tell you a bit about what the film is about first. As many of you probably know, this film is loosely based off the classic video game series, "Resident Evil." Where the story centers around a genetically enhanced humanoid named Alice, where she discovers her true origins and uses her enhanced expertise and skills to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation. Where the entire world is infected by the deadly "T-Virus", that causes the majority of the Earth's population to turn into bloodthirsty mindless zombies. By now I'm sure true fans of the video game series know, the movies don't follow the storyline of the video games at all. No, if you haven't figured it out by now, the "Resident Evil" movies are simply a stand alone continuity that merely borrows the same name, while taking liberties with some of the characters of the game series. Not that I would call it a bad thing, but it's worth mentioning for those that are very particular about continuity. Trust me, it's best not think about how exactly these movies fall into the continuity of the games, as it'll just confuse you.

Anyways, as some of you may recall at the end of the last film, "Resident Evil: Extinction", Alice discovers a cloning chamber full of enhanced humanoids very much like herself. This leads the audience to believe that going into the next film, "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D", that we can expect Alice to come full charge at the Umbrella Corporation, with an army of her own clones. Quite an intriguing concept, I must say, and she does at the beginning of this movie. However, as cool as it was to see Alice taking on hordes of guards with an army of herself, this also serves as somewhat of a foreshadowing of how lame the story gets later on. Confused? I'll gladly explain. To put it simply without giving anything away or too much at the very least, you ever seen movies where none of the heroes die but the extras are the only ones that do? And, what makes it even worse is that you see it coming from a mile away too. Yeah, that's exactly how "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D" is set up, as none of the main characters die in this movie. Heck, not even the supporting characters either, unless you want to count that one producer guy, in the film, that was kind of a prick to begin with. But hey, if you got to sacrifice one guy for dramatic effect, then why not make it a guy that the audience hates already and wants to see die. Besides, it's not like killing a character that the audience cares for has worked before...unless you want to count films like "Star Wars: A New Hope", "Godfather", "Gone With The Wind", "Bambi" and many others.

No, "Resident Evil's" philosophy is just to "wow" you with kick a** action sequences and a decent sub par story that's feasible enough to entertain you. By the way, I use the term loosely when I say that this film has any type of a story. To get back to what I was saying earlier about the foreshadowing, Alice attacks the underground Umbrella Corporation in full force with her clones. Unfortunately, most of them are killed, but it's okay. Alice never really dies. Wink. Wink. Which don't get me wrong, I understand you can't kill off your main character. But when you show her or in this case, a copy of her dying over and over again at the beginning, it cheapens the death parts of the movie. Taking away the dramatic effect of it all. Especially, when we learn later on that none of the main good characters die in this movie. Heck, even the token black guy doesn't die when it looks like he gets royally screwed over, as he gets trapped alone with a bunch of zombies. Only to show up around the end, running out of sewers relatively unharmed saying ridiculous cliche lines like, "That's right! Take that b****es!"

And please don't even get me started on how they royally messed up the adaptation of Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts). A villain who seems like the ultimate bad a** in the games, but he's reduced to a mere clown with his "Neo" matrix wannabe act that comes off laughable instead of intimidating and mysterious. Very sad, as I always thought Albert Wesker if portrayed correctly would be a great villain in a live action movie. Sadly, that's not the case here.

As I said before, "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D" is definitely one of the most visually impressive films of the year. Featuring mind blowing visuals that will leave your eyes and imagination desperately craving more. Just don't expect a great story out of it, as the script literally freaking stinks. Overall, I'd give this film a one and a half out of four. Great visuals alone just aren't good enough to earn a decent review from me, as we've seen many films over the years that have great visuals like "Avatar", "Star Wars Original Trilogy", "Lord of the Rings trilogy" and "Jurassic Park" to name a few. However, those other movies mentioned also had great in depth stories too to go along with the eye candy, so why should we cut "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D" any slack?

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Norah Casey 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

Just saw this one. It was so bad, and not in a good way (like the other Resident Evil films). Great review, though I'm not sure all the pictures are necessary ;)


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Really? Why do you say that? I hope that doesn't mean any of them violate the hubpages content policy. lol. Anyways, I'm glad you liked the review. Yeah, I think the problem was that they didn't even try to tell a half way decent story, as they're main focus was just trying to create a lot of special effects. Anyways, thanks for stopping by norah, as its always a pleasure seeing you.


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Winterfate 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

Awesome review, although now I'm not so sure if I should go see it. :D


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks Winterfate. I appreciate you saying that. Yeah, if i were you, i'd wait for this to come out on dvd or something, as this isn't worth seeing in theaters. Unless you just want to see a hot girl blowing up stuff in 3-D, then I would stay away from this one. Thanks again for stopping by though. :)


alea rose denzel b. plaza 6 years ago

i want horror movie because i like scary movie


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

um...okay....thanks for stopping by....


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My SciFi Life 6 years ago from London, UK

real pity ... I've actually enjoyed the previous movies (as a non-player of the game, the lack of continuity to that universe didn't bother me) and was looking forward to this one. I definitely agree that none of the movies to date has had what one would consider a "good" storyline, but they were fun and enjoyable ... so far however all I've been able to find about this movie (I'm in the UK so its not out yet) is the negative which really makes me wonder if its worth the effort.

thanks very much for the review and the effort you've taken. I like all the pictures! :)


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Seems like I haven't been missing out on this series. I think I'll skip this one too. :D Thanks Steven!


Chris.Theelke 6 years ago

Great Hub, Love the resident evil films. First and second being the best.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

@chris.Theelke

Thanks Chris. I appreciate you saying that.

@beth100

Your welcome Beth. I'm glad you liked the review and thanks again for stopping by, as it's always great seeing a lovely gal like yourself grace us with her presence. ;)

@my sci-fi life

thanks. I'm glad you liked the hub. I'm sorry you haven't gotten a chance to see the movie yet. Yeah, as far as story wise goes, the film literally stinks. Trust me, if you do see it, I would try to see it online or see an early matinee show to save money, as this isn't worth the full admission price. trust me.


resident-evil-afterlife-dvd 5 years ago

I'm a HUGE Resident Evil fan. I love the fact that they change it up a bit with the characters and make new situations for the movies. How boring would it be to see each of the games (which I have played many times over and still love) played out in a movie? I want new and bigger/better scenarios and situations. It makes it feel like you're in a new video game that you don't have to control. You just sit back and enjoy!


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Yeah, you do make a valid point there. However, I can't say I agree with you about the movies being any good. However, I do respect your opinion. Thanks for dropping by. It was a pleasure having you here. :)


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anniedee 5 years ago

I may have missed it in your article, but have you played the games? They are completely cheesy and action packed. I think the movies are a pretty good interpretation of the movies. They're both terrible and wonderful all at the same time. Just as there's things to pick on in the games, there are flaws in the movies. As a fangirl, of course I'm biased, but if a movie/game offers awesome action that makes you just sit back and grin and say "OH MY GOD", then I'm willing to overlook the bad stuff.

I like the review, though, and we agree on the same things. My only complaint was the watered-down storyline and ridiculous amount of slow motion.


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

To be honest, I have played a couple of the games in the past, but I've never played all of them. However, I have spoken to various people who played all the games in the past, and I did read up quite a bit on each of the characters history before reviewing this film; which is surprisingly easy to find out online if you know where to look.

I'm glad to hear you liked the review and the movie. As for myself, I try to not to be biased when reviewing various film genres; especially science fiction, super heroes and fantasy based films as those were my favorites growing up. Therefore, I often find myself being a lot harder on those genres than any others to keep it fair among other movies I review. lol. Although, one could argue otherwise, but it's worked so far. Anyways, thanks for stopping by, as it's always a pleasure getting visitors. :)

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