Picking up from 2007’s Resident Evil: Extinction, this fourth installment of Paul W.S. Anderson’s shoot ‘em up kicks into high gear with its 3D action sequences and sees Alice (Milla Jovovich) continuing her rampage of revenge on the evil Umbrella Corporation.
The T-Virus has quickly taken over much of the world. By now, there are only a handful of survivors, alive and safe in an infection free utopia named Arcadia. Now that Alice has eliminated most of Umbrella’s underground HQs, she reunites with Claire (Ali Larter) and crew—characters from the previous chapter. Flying across Antarctica in search of the uninfected colony, the swooping and scenic views are heightened by the 3D experience. And this is precisely what the film’s about and about all that can be expected. Dialogue and character developments are minimal; the pace of the film factors in the viewer’s 3D experience and seems a little slow at times, unfortunately. Towards the end, a few new characters are introduced, including Claire’s brother Chris (played by hunky Wentworth Miller of Prison Break) and Jill Valentine—who in the game is a member of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance. Predictably, it looks like yet another by-the-book sequel is on the cards.
The journey has not ended for Alice or the franchise. Indeed, Afterlife marks the beginning of a new direction and departs from the Day Of The Dead-like treatment in the last three films. And as a plus, Jovovich looks hotter than ever in this one.