It's September, which means it's slim pickings when it comes to movies. Thankfully, I made a list of movies to see in September. Three of those movies are already in theaters, so naturally I chose to watch Resident Evil: Afterlife first - a movie that didn't even make my top ten. A sequel to one of the worst movies of 2007, Resident Evil: Afterlife is a pleasant surprise and an entertaining, mindless action film.
Milla Jovovich once again reprises her role as Alice, the genetically enhanced heroine who wants to destroy the Umbrella Corporation and save the world for the horrific T-virus. In Resident Evil: Afterlife, she loses her special powers and sets out to find remnants of humanity. Instead, she finds more trouble. Does the plot really matter beyond that?
What does matter is that Resident Evil: Afterlife delivers on its promise, which is simple and male-oriented (safe to say since there were only two women in the entire theater): Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter in tight clothing, lots of action and some zombie dogs. The action is at times cheesy and consistently over-the-top, but Paul W.S. Anderson and the franchise aren't expected to do more than that.
There are plenty of little things to complain about. The action caters to its spanking new 3D technology, so there are a lot of exaggerated shots and weird angles. The direction is rudimentary, but Anderson isn't exactly the world's best director. The special effects aren't great. There are plenty of plot holes and stupid moments.
But then again, these flaws come with the territory and I've learned to accept them. Resident Evil: Afterlife is fun and easy to watch, much less painful than its terrible predecessor, Resident Evil: Extinction. It's not a great movie, but it's an entertaining movie. Wait until DVD and don't worry about spending five extra dollars to see it in 3D, but see it at some point.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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