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Review: Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

By Michael Banno – New BMN.com Contributor

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Best Bad Quote:

“Five years ago…a virus escaped, and everybody died.”.

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That quote basically sums up the RE franchise in a nutshell.  Fairly straight forward and simple.  RE: Afterlife is not different in that regard. We pick up where RE: Extinction left off with Alice ready to wage war against Albert Wesker and the Umbrella Corporation.  Claire Redfield and her convoy have been sent to Alaska to find the Arcadia that has been sending mysterious transmissions regarding a safe haven from the zombie apocalypse. That’s fine and dandy, except as you can imagine, it all isn’t that simple.

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As Afterlife begins, we find Alice and her army in Tokyo prepared for an attack. We learn how the virus started in Tokyo as well as a brief Cliff’s Notes of what has transpired in the previous three films.  Alice and her clones make their way to the Umbrella Corporation headquarters.  Once there, they infiltrate the facility and make their final stand against Wesker. Unfortunately, Wesker manages to escape, destroying the Tokyo facility in the process. The real Alice gets onto Wesker’s escape plane laying the foundation for an epic battle between the two.  The only problem is that Alice loses her powers and is left for dead by Wesker when the plane crashes. Alice, finally free of her torment heads to join her friends. And that’s all just the beginning of the movie.

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Paul W.S. Anderson does a good job with the continuation of the RE saga presented in previous installments of the franchise while simultaneously creating new interesting wrinkles our heroes have to deal with. We’re finally introduced to Chris Redfield, the brother of Claire, who was introduced in Resident Evil Extinction. We also get the full story of what happened when Claire took her convoy to Alaska.

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The action can be a little stiff at times, but for the most part is pretty fluid and a bit tense. We get to see some new zombies and re-imagined versions of some of the old friends, such as the zombie dogs as they’re represented in the Resident Evil 5 video game. The Majini from RE5 also make an appearance along with the executioner, who is known merely as the axe man in the movie.

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One of the aspects of RE: Afterlife that will probably be polarizing is the story. One, it’s not as in-depth as it probably could have been given the situation. The story is well told and relatively simple, but there isn’t much to it. As I stated before, the action can be a little stiff at times, attributed in a lot of ways to the overuse of slow motion.

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Resident Evil: Afterlife may feel like a continuation of the past three, but make no mistake, it is also meant to be the beginning of a whole new story and you can bet that we haven’t seen the last of Chris and Claire.  Make sure to stay for the whole credits for hints of what’s in store for the next installment of this entertaining zombie-filled franchise.

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Rating:

3 out of 5 Mouth Tentacled Zombies

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One Response to “Review: Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)”

  1. Jeff says:

    Awesome review. Can’t wait till after payday when I can actually afford to go catch this in 3D.

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