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Resident Evil: Afterlife (Blu-ray / DVD)

Resident Evil: Afterlife on Blu-ray and DVD (Click Here For Larger Image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Sienna Guillory, Boris Kodjoe, Shawn Roberts, Spencer Locke, Wentworth Miller

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


You know how there are religious extremists out there who take whatever religion they believe in and twist it into something so perverse that all the good of their subject is nowhere to be found? That’s kind of like what happened with the Resident Evil movies, and Paul W.S. Anderson is your filmmaking extremist. These movies barely resemble their video game cousins. Let’s start with the score card thus far, shall we?

Resident Evil – Had nods to the game series. Was an okay flick.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse – The brainiacs at the helm of this one decided that we didn’t need zombies or anything else that made the first film kind of cool. Instead we got a big rubber dude.

Resident Evil: Extinction – We travel even further away from the established video game this series is based upon but at the very least there were zombies. Lots and lots of zombies.

Resident Evil: Afterlife – Where to begin? How about with what is meant to resemble a plot.

Alice (Milla Jovovich) is traveling the world via small plane looking for any survivors she can find. Of course she finds them along with a couple of others from the last film (see: a returning Ali Larter), and before you know it Alice is once again going head-up with the evil Wesker (Roberts), who has taken away her super-powers as a means to go forward with his plan for world domination. Sadly for fans of the undead, the zombie action is once again minimal at best.

Resident Evil: Afterlife on Blu-ray and DVD (Click Here For Larger Image)Here’s the thing … everyone is dead. Money has no worth. The planet is in shambles. Just what is Wesker trying to accomplish? Who is he planning to rule over? It just makes no sense. Neither does the fact that even though the world is in ruins, Milla has an unending amount of lipstick and eyeliner, which she always makes sure that she applies before recording her video diary that she’s making for no one using her tiny camcorder that much like the populace of the planet just won’t die. Please! Someone reveal what battery type she’s using! That company’s stock will go through the roof!

While there are a couple of cool scenes, nearly every moment of this flick is either unintentionally hilarious or just plain annoying. This is not Resident Evil. This is a ninety-six-minute long music video for a song that really sucks. There are a few enemy characters from the game that show up now and then, but their appearances make little to no sense whatsoever in the context of the film’s story. It’s like they’re just there so Anderson can say, “See? I knew about the *insert random baddie here*! I’m a true fan of the video games!”

The action is constantly presented in spinning slow motion. I really believe that without the constant slowed down “stylish(!)” moments, Resident Evil: Afterlife would have a run-time of just a little over an hour. It’s that overused and that ludicrous. For all the boatloads of action sequences, it’s mystifying how not a single one of them manages to elicit even a little excitement.

In terms of the Blu-ray, the image and audio are nothing short of stunning. This movie looks and sounds incredible. The transfer is sharp and as detailed-filled as can be, and the 5.1 DTS sound mix will have bullets whizzing around your entire home. If only the source material was better!

Resident Evil: Afterlife on Blu-ray and DVD (Click Here For Larger Image)As far as the supplemental material goes you can buy Resident Evil: Afterlife three different ways – Either in a 2D or 3D Blu-ray package, which have identical special features, or you can dig on the crusty old DVD, which is home to a few goodies (all noted below).

This franchise has its fans, and Sony has released a perfect gift for them with this package. The Blu-ray editions have everything you could possibly want! The obligatory back-patting commentary track (guaranteed to make your stomach hurt), outtakes, eight deleted scenes, picture-in-picture features, a sneak peek at the upcoming Resident Evil: Damnation, and seven featurettes which explore every single aspect of this flick. It’s a jaw-dropping amount of content although after watching the film, it isn’t likely that you’ll dive right into it. Watching them is almost confusing because they show all the cool stuff they tried to pull off but failed miserably at. It really makes you wonder how they could have screwed up this badly. Still, the aforementioned fans will eat it up.

To make matters worse for those of us with working brains, if you haven’t upgraded to a 3D TV by now, you’ll have to watch this with the film’s only redeeming effect missing. If you thought this was bad when you saw it in 3D, brother, 2D is excruciating.

What we have here, folks, is the one of the year’s best packages for one of the year’s worst movies. With all the reboots and reimaginings happening today, as a Resident Evil fan, I’m praying someone would just hit the reset button. That’s unlikely, though, as thanks mainly to inflated 3D ticket prices and brain dead America, this flick made bank at the box office, and it ends on a cliffhanger. Yay.

2D Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Special Features

  • Sneak Peek of Resident Evil: Damnation
  • movieIQ+sync
  • “Undead Vision” Picture-in-Picture Video
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Eight Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Seven Featurettes
    o Back Under the Umbrella: Directing Afterlife
    o Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife
    o Undead Dimension: Resident Evil in 3D
    o Fighting Back: The Action of Afterlife
    o Vision of the Apocalypse: The Design of Afterlife
    o New Blood: The Undead of Afterlife
    o Pwning the Undead: Gamers of the Afterlife

    DVD Special Features

  • Sneak Peek of Resident Evil: Damnation
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Two Featurettes
    o Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife
    o Fighting Back: The Action of Afterlife

    Film:

    1 out of 5

    Special Features:

    5 out of 5

    Discuss Resident Evil: Afterlife in our comments section below!

  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    • NeoKefka

      Nothing perfectly sums up Anderson’s complete lack of any ideas of his own better than the fact that he lifted the final fight scene almost whole hog from a cutscene in Resident Evil 5. Only the fighting, camera work, acting and Wesker’s superspeed effect was a lot better…in the video game cutscene.

      And nothing perfectly sums up this whole series of movies like the fact that Chris Redfield, arguably the main hero of the games, doesn’t show up in them until halfway through the fourth movie and he’s practically a do-nothing character who plays second fiddle to Anderson’s totally AWESOME fan fic character.

    • Rob

      Yeah, this sums it up. I enjoyed Shawn Roberts’ wasted screentime as Wesker and a few things here and there, but the whole movie was a clusterfuck of crappy 3D and Milla Jovovich’s mary sue character flying around. Though Sienna Guillory’s cameo at the very end made me almost grin. She was the best thing about Apocalypse.

    • Terminal

      Wow people are easy to please. Maybe Anderson has the right idea. Just explode shit and show them shiny crap and they’ll be entertained. I despised this movie.
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • The Woman In Black

        Couldn’t agree more. This one will definitely be on my worst of 2010 list.

        • Terminal

          Same here.
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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Masked Slasher

      You know, I hated Extinction in theaters but, for some reason, I watched it again before this one and it ended up being my favorite in the series.

      Afterlife was a mess. It held my attention, but it wasn’t good at all.

    • theGoldenSimatar

      Afterlife is one of those movies that I really can’t hate too much because I was entertained while watching it yet at the same time it wasn’t very good. I dug the action sequences (Axman and Wesker’s final battle were the best) but the storyline, yeah it doesn’t make much sense. Personally I’ll be buying the 3D Blu-Ray, haven’t gotten a 3D TV yet (saw one displayed at Costco, was stunned by actually how good the 3D is) but might as well buy the 3D one now.

      Afterlife is slick, entertaining and stylish…but at the same time it has a lot of air between it’s ears.

      Though as a personal note, ‘Extinction’ is my favorite of the series :)

    • Terminal

      Really good review Creepy. I enjoyed this a lot. No, I’m not being sarcastic, I really enjoyed the review. Good work.
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • Uncle Creepy

        I don’t know whether to say thanks or drop dead due to shock.

        Gracias.

    • Vanvance1

      I remember watching Event Horizon and thinking how this was a director to watch.

      Alas, Anderson’s movies are so uninspired that my mind snaps off the moment one of his post Event Horizon movies appears. Like Shyamlan he’s a one hit wonder.

      • Uncle Creepy

        I’m with you there, dude. I LOVED Event Horizon. Hell, I didn’t even really mind Mortal Kombat, but the rest? It’s mind blowing that it all came from the same director.

        • Vanvance1

          Oh wait, I’m not being fair.

          Mortal Kombat was just right for it’s source material. Also, I admit I really enjoyed ‘Soldier’ (excepting the musical montage scene).