I was so overwhelmed by this movie that when I fired up WORD to write this review I had to google the movie theater so I could recall the name of the film.
RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE is the twenty-third installment of the RESIDENT EVIL series. Only JAMES BOND and THE LOVE BUG have had more episodes in their franchises. I saw the first RESIDENT EVIL and enjoyed it but I have missed the others. In RE 1, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is a leather clad security specialist who discovers that there has been a leak in a bio-lab and that all of the lab workers are now flesh eating zombies.
I haven’t seen them but I assume that in RE 2-22, the flesh eating zombies have escaped from the bio-lab and have gotten on commercial airplanes and have resettled all over the world turning their new neighbors into flesh eating zombies.
RE: AFTERLIFE opens with leather clad Alice infiltrating the bio-lab’s Japanese HQ to get back at those evil doers that have allowed the flesh eating zombies to take over the world. (I guess it is a pretty good analogy as to what just might happen at the polls this coming November.)
RE: AFTERLIFE was meant to be shown in 3-D. My local theater isn’t capable of 3-D projection so I watched it in normal 2-D. The scenes had lots of “things” shooting out at you. I imagine it would have been nifty in 3-D but, it wasn’t meant to be. I have never seen a 3-D movie in 3-D. Never. Still, RE: AFTERLIFE does have a lot of “gotchas”. Things leap out of shadows, heads explode when you don’t expect it, three headed dogs have fangs 12” long. Lots of gimmicks to get you leaping around in your seat. There was a gal seated alone directly in front of us. She was leaping around in her seat like an organ grinder’s monkey on a long leash. During one of the “Oh my gawd” segments, I tapped my wife to get her attention and pantomimed grabbing the gal in front of us by her shoulders. My wife was elbowing me in the chest to warn me not to do it. It would have been really, really funny if I had.
Let me be honest. I loved THE EXPENDABLES and I loved MACHETE. They were silly, over the top action movies with not one shred or realism. I didn’t care. Loved them and I want to see them again. I’ll buy them when they come out on DVD. RE: AFTERLIFE is a silly, over the top action movie with not one shred of realism. I didn’t mind seeing it in an air-conditioned theater on a 100F day where it only cost me $3.25 for a matinee ticket. But I don’t want to see it again. I won’t buy it when it comes out on DVD, I won’t rent it at REDBOX or check it out from NETFLIX and I certainly wasn’t motivated to track down the RS episodes I had missed. I’m sick of this style where they show the bullet whizzing by in slow motion, shock waves plainly visible, and the actor leaning over backwards, dodging the bullet as it skims by, millimeters from their torso.
I give this film two out of four severed heads.