Wednesday 13 December 2017

Movies: Resident Evil: Afterlife *


Paul Whitington

The fourth of a series of films based on a Japanese shoot-em-up video game, Resident Evil: Afterlife stars supermodel Milla Jovovich and no one else in particular, really.

In fact, as the film opens it stars a lot of Milla Jovovichs, as Alice uses her special powers to clone herself for an attack on the Tokyo HQ of the evil Umbrella Corporation.

In previous films, Umbrella have unleashed a deadly virus on the world that turned 99 per cent of the world's population into flesh-eating zombies -- even the smugly vegetarian.

In this shamelessly schlocky sequel, Alice sets out to find a mythical virus-free colony called Arcadia, but ends up, instead, in a former Los Angeles prison where a small group of survivors are holding out against the hordes of undead that surround them.

In her bid to escape, Alice will come face to face with Umbrella boss Albert Wesker, played by Shawn Roberts, an actor so bad he makes Jovovich look like the Meryl Streep of trashy sci-fi. Perhaps she is, but this hacked-together mess is almost unwatchable, and some lazy 3D effects do little to enhance its appeal.

Chillingly, the way is left open for a sequel, which might be called Resident Evil: Underpants.

Irish Independent

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