Resident Evil: Afterlife – Canada | Germany, 2010 – reviews

 
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‘Experience a new dimension in evil’

Resident Evil: Afterlife is a 2010 Canadian-German science fiction action horror feature film written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, loosely based on the video game of the same name by Capcom. The movie is the fourth entry in the Resident Evil franchise and stars stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates and Shawn Roberts.

Plot:

In a world overrun with the walking dead, Alice (Milla Jovovich) continues her battle against Umbrella Corporation, rounding up survivors along the way.

Joined by an old friend, Alice and her group set out for a rumoured safe haven in Los Angeles. Instead of sanctuary, they find the city overrun with zombies, and a trap about to spring…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …it’s entertainment as bludgeon. And after almost a hundred minutes of its pounding soundtrack and endless succession of projectiles and feet flung directly into our faces, the result is a film that generates more heat than light, and a nasty headache to boot.” Ryan Lambie, Den of Geek!

“Anderson has a knack for uber-ridiculous, ultra slo-mo action scenes, which jolt some life into the picture, but an assembled-from-leftovers plot and dreadful speech bubble dialogue sink any involvement you might have with these drab, if buff remnants of humanity.” Kim Newman, Empire

” …as we have come to expect from this series, and this director, the films always look good and have well-staged action, but they don’t have one iota of originality or imagination – to the extent of virtually recreating key scenes from The Matrix, Die Hard and The Descent.” Phelim O’Neill, The Guardian

” …the action is easier to read than in most films of the genre, and therefore more enjoyable. Anderson makes particular use of sets and locations to wring out more bang for the stereoscopic buck.” Michael Ordoña Los Angeles Times

“Cannibalizing John Carpenter’s Thing and much of the sci-fi-horror canon, Afterlife is more moribund than its thronging undead” Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

” … Afterlife is a far cry from the murky, ceiling-wax aesthetics of the series’ earlier iterations. Yet despite this professional sheen, director Paul W.S. Anderson (who also directed the original) can hardly manage a hint of suspense or excitement.” Andrew Barker, Variety

Cast and characters:

  • Milla Jovovich … Alice
  • Ali Larter … Claire Redfield
  • Kim Coates … Bennett
  • Shawn Roberts … Albert Wesker
  • Sergio Peris-Mencheta … Angel
  • Spencer Locke … K-Mart
  • Boris Kodjoe … Luther
  • Wentworth Miller … Chris Redfield
  • Sienna Guillory … Jill Valentine
  • Kacey Clarke … Crystal Waters (as Kacey Barnfield)
  • Norman Yeung … Kim Yong
  • Fulvio Cecere … Wendell
  • Raymond Olubawale … Axeman (as Ray Olubowale)
  • Christopher Kano … Sniper #1
  • Tatsuya Goke … Sniper #2

Filming locations:

Shibuya Crossing, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan(opening scene)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical credits:

96 minutes | 2.39: 1 | SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby Surround 7.1

Box office:

The Screen Gems release grossed $60 million in the US and Canada with $240 million in other markets for a worldwide total of $300 million.

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2 Comments on “Resident Evil: Afterlife – Canada | Germany, 2010 – reviews”

  1. I think the second-last poster here is for a different film: that one is a fairly obscure softcore porn flick called “Melissa the Total Female” which came out in 1970, about a year before “Touch of Satan.” I’m guessing that very similar alternative titles for “Touch” and the close release years account for lots of folks not differentiating these titles: “Touch” is also known as “The Curse of Melissa,” or “The Touch of Melissa” but “Melissa the Total Female” is a different creature.

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