151 Proof Hangover: Resident Evil Afterlife
[After carefully crafting the perfect set of drinking rules, Penguin and Swan embark on reviewing these disastrous films, and sharing the results with the world. Join us!]
We meet again, old friend. Yes, March Madness is in full swing and as part of that we’ll be revisiting and potentially reviewing films we’ve covered on the site before.
We won’t beat a dead horse too much. This movie wasn’t worth watching the first-time and a repeat-viewing didn’t reveal some hidden depth.
The thing with the Resident Evil movies are they have such strange structures. The first third of the movie or so is usually a continuation of the previous film’s climax. And then reseting the clock to zero so that they can begin this movie. The problem with this movie is the middle section just isn’t that enjoyable or fun. Instead, it’s this weird mash-up of trying to get elements from Resident Evil 4/5 into the movie universe.
When we first watched it, it was whatever. But actually doing research for the second-viewing, it was strange that they waited until the 4th RE-film to start incorporating elements from Resident Evil 4 since the original game came out in 2004 and this movie in 2010. I get Resident Evil 5 since that was much newer at this point in time.
This movie also suffers from excessive 3D-ness. It calms down in the middle, but the opening and final fight is just stuff being tossed at the screen central. With Wesker’s glass toss being the most baffling 3D illusion in a movie we’ve seen.
ALSO what the hell type of organization is Umbrella that they brand themselves on everything? Like seriously, the Umbrella logo is on their jackets, on their guns, on their helmets, on their floors, on their tables, their helipad is an Umbrella logo. I swear the company probably branded people’s asses.
Like we said at the beginning, the movie is a pass. The movie will always be a pass. It doesn’t matter how much alcohol you consume.