RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE 3D
Stripped of her superhuman powers by her long time nemesis Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), Chairman of the zombie-creating Umbrella Corporation in Tokyo, Alice (Milla Jovovich) flies to the Alaskan wilderness and finds survivor Claire Redfield (Ali Larter), who is suffering from memory loss. Together they head to the devastated city of Los Angeles, where a small group is holed up in the City Jail, as they try to keep the flesh-eating zombies away.
Review by Louise Keller:
Inventive ideas, dazzling 3D and spectacular production design elevate this fourth in the franchise to a juicy bite above the average zombie movie. Paul W.S. Anderson, who directed the first movie (and wrote the script for the others) is back in the driver's seat and uses technology in an exciting way, making us feel as though we are encapsulated in a video game. As for the zombies, they look extraordinary, as octopus-like mandibles pulsate from their mouths with startling conviction.
In an eye-popping opening sequence in which Tokyo is destroyed, Resident Evil's heroine Milla Jovovich makes a spectacular entrance with swords swinging as she faces off with her shades-wearing nemesis from the evil Umbrella Corporation, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts). Jovovich, wearing figure hugging zombie-combat gear, looks fabulous as she pouts, stares and ably draws weapons of all sizes, but now, is reduced to a mere mortal, having been deprived of her super speed, strength and accelerated healing.
The plotline takes a dip as she finds the memory deprived Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) but picks up as she screeches her red, single engine two-seater plane to a heart-stopping halt on the high-rise roof of the Los Angeles jail, while thousands of T-virus infected zombies thrash and gnash below. There's a small disparate band of survivors begging to be rescued, including Wentworth Miller's Chris Redfield, who claims he knows a way out (albeit a watery one), Boris Kodjoe's buff sport superstar Luther and Kacey Barnfield's would-be actress. Prepare for the beginning of the body count.
Highlights include an indestructible giant zombie with a sack-enveloped head wielding a mega axe, Alice's heart-stopping leap from a sky-scraper and bizarre zombie dogs, whose faces eerily split into two, revealing a grotesque double set of canines. The use of 3D is far more original than many of the plot elements and Jovovich delivers a delicious line ('I'm not on the menu') in an ultra white interior setting that shows up every drop of blood to best advantage.
Published first in the Sun-Herald
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RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE 3D (MA15+)
CAST: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, Sienna Guillory
PRODUCER: Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Don Carmody, Bernd Eichinger, Samuel Hadida, Robert Kulzer
DIRECTOR: Paul W.S. Anderson
SCRIPT: Paul W.S. Anderson
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Glen MacPherson
EDITOR: Niven Howie
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Arvinder Grewal
RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 14, 2010