Resident Evil Afterlife (2010) Review

It is rare that a video game becomes a successful movie franchise. There have been many attempts which have generally resulted in failure. The Super Mario movie was mediocre, as was the star studded Street Fighter translation. The Tomb Raider movies have seen some success, but that was mainly generated by the presence of Angelina Jolie. One of the most successful video game translations has been the Resident Evil franchise. Capcom’s survival horror game has been turned into 3 entertaining movies. The newest one, Resident Evil Afterlife, continues the trend.

If you are expecting Oscar award winning performances and unforgettable scenes, then don’t watch it. If you are a fan of the game, or a movie goer looking for an entertaining action – horror then this is the perfect film for you. The premise of the Resident Evil series is that a manufacturer of biological weapons, the Umbrella Corporation, has created a virus which turns people into zombies. There is an outbreak of the virus at one of their facilities, and it eventually spreads through the facility, the city, then the whole world. The Umbrella Corporation watches from their secure underground facilities as the entire world becomes infected and eventually lies in ruin.

The main character, Alice (Mila Jovovich), was an Umbrella test subject who was infected with the T-Virus and is the only person to successfully harness its power. She never became a zombie, rather she gained super speed, strength and healing abilities. The series follows Alice on her quest to put an end to the Umbrella Corporation who destroyed the world. Afterlife begins in Tokyo, where Alice is beginning an assault on Umbrella’s underground facility in Tokyo.

She succeeds in her assault but encounters Umbrella’s chairman, Albert Wesker. Wesker is also endowed with super abilities, and escapes the facility while stripping Alice of her super powers. With Umbrella supposedly destroyed, the movie follows Alice on her quest to find the remaining survivors of the Apocalypse. The movie mirrors the newer Resident Evil games, as Alice and the survivors are hopelessly outnumbered by the undead. They have minimal weaponry, and are stalked by Zombies and other monsters from the games. I don’t want to spoil the movie for you so I won’t say more about the story.

As a fan of the Resident Evil series, I really enjoyed the movie. I felt the same sense of despair for the survivors of the apocalypse as I did when I played the game. The graphics are great, and the music and sound effects really provide an authentic Resident Evil experience. The action is non stop, and the acting by Mila Jovovich and Ali Larter is typical Resident Evil. I wasn’t a fan of the ending, but I was entertained throughout.

I recommend the movie to fans of horror or action movies, and to everyone who has played or enjoyed a Resident Evil game. Capcom has lucked out with a fantastic video game franchise, and a lucrative movie franchise to go along with it.  I give RE Afterlife an 8 / 10.  Keep them coming and check out the trailer here!

 

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