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Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D


Stars: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, Wentworth Miller, Sienna Guillory, Casey Barnfield, Norman Yeung

Director: Paul W S Anderson

By now moviegoers should be well aware of what to expect from the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise – lashings of action and a lethal larger-than-life heroine in zombie-fighter Jovovich. Which is exactly what producer-writer-director (and Jovovich’s husband) Paul W S Anderson delivers in the latest of what, given the film’s sequel-friendly resolution, will continue to be a profit-spinning series.

The plot? Although action is the game here, there is one, carrying on from where the previous movie left off. This time, robbed of her superpowers by evil would-be nemesis Wesker (Roberts), Jovovich joins forces with Larter and some fellow survivors of the zombie-creating virus and cheerfully shoots, slugs and slices and dices through the menacing virus-created Undead.

If you are looking for intellectual stimulus, auteur-driven cinema or singular significance rather than box-office driven filmmaking, forget it. The film, decorated with state-of-the-art special effects and equally effective 3D cinematography, simply sets out to entertain and on its own science-fiction thrills and action terms, succeeds very well.

Alan Frank

USA 2010. UK Distributor: Sony. Colour.
97 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 3, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.

Review date: 15 Sep 2010