Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
US (dir. Paul W.S. Anderson)
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, Wentworth Miller, Sienna Guillory, Kacey Barnfield, Norman Yeung, Fulvio Cecere, Ray Olubowale, Christopher Kano, Tatsuya Goke, Nobuya Shimamoto, Peter Kosaka, Denis Akiyama, Kenta Tomeoki, Shin Kawai, Mika Nakashima
Synopsis: In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead leads them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.
Review: Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: Another “Resident Evil” film… when will this end?!?! That’s kind of what I said too; and hey, I imagine people said that about my beloved “Friday the 13th” films in the 1980s, but I still love every last one of them (okay, maybe not so much “Jason Takes Manhattan”, but I can learn to love it). After managing to resurrect the “Resident Evil” franchise after the abominable “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” with the somewhat promising “Resident Evil: Extinction”, I wasn’t terribly surprised that they went ahead and gave a fourth film a go. For a movie franchise built on a zombie video game, it is more than impressive that these films are still being made and are still drawing viewers. As a big fan of the first film, what excited me more than anything about this fourth installment was the fact that Paul W.S Anderson was involved. I was glad to see Anderson (Milla Jovovich’s better half) back in the director/writer’s chair, but suffice it to say that a mere 15 minutes into the film will leave you wondering what the hell happened to the guy who once directed “Event Horizon” and the first “Resident Evil”, because this hardly seems like it was helmed by the same man.