We have been waiting for Resident Evil 4: Afterlife (Biohazard 4: Afterlife) the movie for months already, since when we first heard the news that there will be a 3D version using the technology developed by the movie Avatar.
It would be cool to watch in 3D with all the action, the suspense, the zombies! And the great actors and actresses (other than the fact that the movie was an adaptation of the game with the same title).
We were not disappointed.
Afterlife is the fourth movie of Resident Evil (or Biohazard as it is known in Japan, which is by the way, the original title of the franchise). Milla Jovovich once again reprised her role as Alice, no wonder for she did a great job in her role in Ultraviolet (2009), The Story of Joan of Arc (1999), and The Fifth Element (1997).
This time however, it is not about Alice but about the Umbrella Corporation - the very source of the virus that turned people into an undead (or zombies). It is a new arc in this adaptation and the “Afterlife” title fits it very well - it is a story-arc after Alice gained back control of her life.
If you have not watched, which I call, the “Alice arc", you can watch Afterlife and you will still be able to understand what happened to planet Earth. Afterlife is the third sequel but in itself a new beginning. Director and writer Paul W.S. Anderson made sure that everyone will enjoy the movie instead of asking questions that only the Alice arc can provide.
The movie production was also great, using the latest special effects and acting - like the famous “Matrix bullet-dodging effect", new undead or zombie models, better gun designs, and a more realistic (though sad) apocalyptic urban landscape.
The flow of the story and the scenes were perfect in that it doed not get boring. The movie switches from action, to dialogues, to suspense, and back to action, smoothly. No awkward moments of the likes of “did they cut something?”
Overall, you should watch Resident Evil 4: Afterlife. I give the movie a score of 8.9 out of 10.
Oh, the 3D version? I give it 8 out of 10. For the sole reason that I did not even get scared nor jumped from my seat. I guess I expected too much so I got disappointed. So yes, watch it in 2D, you will not miss anything from the 3D experience.
I can not wait for Resident Evil 5.