An Average Movie-Goer’s Review
No spoilers! If you would like spoilers – check out the Spoiler post
I love horror movies and if I’m going to watch them anyway, why not write an entertaining/funny review from the POV of an average movie-goer and not a professional critic.
Today we’re looking at the 4th installment of Paul W. S. Anderson’s Resident Evil series: 2010’s Resident Evil: Afterlife
Alice (Milla Jovovich) continues her fight against Umbrella and searches for her friends with a new group of survivors in Los Angeles
Is Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) Scary?
These Resident Evil movies stopped trying to be scary 5 minutes after the start of the series.
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Resident Evil: Afterlife is not good but I liked it for what it is. If you’re a fan of these Resident Evil movies you’ll like this, and if you’re not a fan I would say stay away. Out of the four Resident Evil movies I’ve reviewed in this series so far it’s one of the better ones. The acting is okay but the dialogue is horrible and surprisingly unnecessary. You could watch this movie on mute and not miss a beat; it might actually be better without dialogue.
There’s less action in this movie compared to the last one and it actually helps the movie. The director (and writer) Paul W.S. Anderson has also toned down his need to cut to a new angle every 2 seconds during a fight which makes it easier to follow.
One positive of this movie is some of the visual effects. I specifically added the word “some” because during some scenes it’s very clear the background is a green or blue screen. The zombies and other bioweapons designs and visual effects are great though.
My biggest gripe with this movie is the logic which when it comes to these Resident Evil films shouldn’t be surprising. The writer appears to have written themselves into a corner and needed to reset some stuff so they made up some bad reason but then ignore it for most of the movie. It’s extremely annoying when movies break their own logic that they set up and that very much happens here.
Overall I can only really recommend Resident Evil: Afterlife to those who already like these Resident Evil movies. It’s better than Resident Evil Extinction and possibly on par with the Apocalypse.