This series really developed a problem and it doesn’t help when they pepper in the video game characters, poorly cast and in odd situations. With each film following the original we get someone from the games. Jill Valentine shows up in Apocalypse and she looks great, costume is RE3 accurate. Resident Evil Extinction, we get Claire Redfield and…oh she is poorly cast. I’m not saying Ali Larter is a bad actress, just not right for Claire. The character RE gaming fans have been wanting, Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy. Well…we got…Chris…kinda.
In a world overrun with the walking dead, Alice (Milla Jovovich) continues her battle against Umbrella Corp., rounding up survivors along the way. Joined by an old friend, Alice and her group set out for a rumored safe haven in Los Angeles. Instead of sanctuary, they find the city overrun with zombies, and a trap about to spring.
This is where CGI really takes hold for the series. The entire roof of the prison looks terrible, so many Alice clones, the ship. Not much looks good in this one. But, there are some things that work, not many.
More video game elements begin to become prevalent in Afterlife, like the spider-like chest piece that we see Jill Valentine have in RE5, it’s on Claire here. Chris Redfield, yes from the very first game and RE5 makes his first theatrical appearance. He was miscast and mismanaged. I think he was added because of the success of RE5. Wentworth Miller has a snarkiness about him and he, just didn’t work. He was great as Leonard Snart in the Flash TV show.
I honestly have little to say on Afterlife, the shower scene was cool and I’m confused about the quarters for ammo. It’s just an OK movie, with bad acting and bad CGI. The worst thing about this, it does not get better, the CGI I mean. The next two films rely heavily on CGI, but…there is hope for a better movie and a fan favorite in Resident Evil Retribution.
Three more Resident Evil movies and I can finally do a proper ranking. That will be coming soon. But first we have to suffer through three more films and yes that includes, “Welcome to Racoon City”. I currently have no comment on, I haven’t see it yet.
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