Resident Evil : Afterlife (Part 4)

Tag line : Experience a new dimension of evil

Resident Evil 4 : AfterlifePicking up sometime after the events of "Extinction", we see Alice (Milla Jovovich reprising her role) attempting to take out the Tokyo headquarters of the Umbrella corporation, only to run afoul of the director, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), who turns out to be some sort of super-human, having had his cells mutated by the T-virus.

Managing to escape, she flies to Alaska to look for her friends, who were searching for a place named Arcadia, which was sending out broadcasts claiming to be a safe haven. But after arriving at the location, all she finds is a bunch of abandoned aircraft and her friend Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), who is suffering from some sort of amnesia, after having some strange device attached to her chest.

With no sign of any town, or any trace of where the aircrafts occupants went, she heads back south towards Los Angeles. The overall picture of the world is bleak, the dead and mutated have completely taken over, with no signs of survivors anywhere. So when they see a group of people holed up inside an old prison, surrounded by zombies, signalling for help, they decide to land and see what they can do.

Crashing on the roof of the complex, they find the prison isn't the safe haven they thought. The dead completely surround the building, supplies are running low and there's no apparent way out. To make matters worse, there's a new breed of mutant tunnelling away in the foundations beneath. So unless, they can find a way out, things look pretty grim. Things seem to be looking up, when it seems that Arcadia may be closer than they thought, but even if they do escape, what is waiting for them there?

If you've read my reviews of the other films in this series, you'll know that I have found them to be a bit of a hit and miss affair. This film is definitely one of the better entries though and whilst the plot is a bit basic and, like the other films, is a bit sparse on blood, it still boasts some good action scenes and overall is fairly entertaining.

The film was originally released to cinemas in 3D, though the only way to view this on 3D in the home is if you buy the special edition Blu-ray and have one of those fancy 3D TVs. But for those who can't be bothered with all this new-fangled technology, you don't really miss anything by watching the standard 2D version.

To summarise, the film is a marked improvement over "Extinction" and should appeal to fans of the other films in the series. However, as I have said in my other reviews, serious zombie film fans may not be so keen.

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "If you're out there, there is hope. My name is Alice", "Action in a new dimension", "She's back, and she's bringing a few of her friends".

  • The films budget was $60 million.

  • The story was based on plot elements from the games "Biohazard Code: Veronica" and "Resident Evil 5".

  • Wentworth Miller (Chris Redfield) and Kim Coates (Bennet), both starred in the US TV series "Prison Break" playing Michael Schofield and Agent Sullins respectively. Coates also starred starred in the fifth Amityville film "The Amityville Curse".

  • First live-action movie based on a video game to be in 3-D as well as being the first Resident Evil film released in IMAX cinemas.

  • "Afterlife" was also the original title of the previous film, before it was changed to "Extinction".

  • Despite Chris Redfield being a prominent character in the computer games, this was the first time the character had featured in the film series.

  • The prison scenes were actually filmed inside the University of Toronto.

  • The film earned $300 million worldwide at the box office , making it both the highest grossing Canadian film and the highest grossing film in the series so far.

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