Hooray, another addition to the live action constipation that is the Resident Evil film series. Milla Jovovich is back once again in this awkward sequel that almost resembles the games it is based off. A pity it doesn’t have a strong story and good characters to go along with it. Congratulations go to Paul ‘Wretched Sod’ Anderson for this achievement.
Following on from the third film, Afterlife begins with Alice invading the Umbrella Headquarters with an army of clones. Interestingly at the end of the previous film it was revealed that Alice’s blood is the cure to the disease. Instead of focusing on developing a cure, though, once the assault is over she goes buggering off on another adventure which actually leads to more people dying around her. What the hell? If she is the only one who can create a cure why doesn’t she focus on that!? At this point, however, it is pointless to try and figure these films out because the story is nothing like the games. As you can probably tell by now these films do not exactly excel at storytelling.
This film takes almost all of the best bits of the fifth game and throws them into a meat grinder. What emerges is a bleak and ugly mess. The Executioner Majini is really degraded just like Nemesis was in the second film. He looks really thin and moves faster than he did in the games. This generally makes him lose some of his menace. The zombies appear like they did in the fifth game, but like The Executioner Majini they are deprived of their menace and intelligence which turns them into fairly generic running zombies. The CGI is not the most wonderful that these films have spurted out. They look so obviously computer generated that it makes you wish they had used an alternative, animatronics maybe, just something else.
While the cast do their best to impress their characters are all too shallow for me to care about them. Milla Jovovich despite her acting prowess cannot cover up the fact that Alice does not really care about anyone, but herself. Despite all her pretentious cliché videotape narration there is nothing to suggest she cares anything for the other survivors even when they die. Ali Larter should have just stayed on Heroes because her time would have been better spent as the emotionally insecure Tracy Strauss than the amnesiac jerkass which Claire Redfield has been turned into. Wentworth Millar plays the role of Sam Worthington. I say this because he looks absolutely nothing like the character he is based off. It would actually be a disservice to the character to mention his name in the same sentence as the man who portrays him as a guy who looks like a crazy prison convict.
The action sequences are the one thing that can really be enjoyed. It is just a shame that it can’t make up for the plot hole riddled story or the uninspired characters. Could these films get any dumber? Well unfortunately it is too late to hope that this is the last film because a sequel was in development long before I wrote this review.