After three movies I thought the Resident Evil series had pretty much exhausted all its limited storyline potential, I however had underestimated Hollywoods ability to pull crap out of thin air; so voila we have Resident Evil: Afterlife.
The plot picks up soon after the ending of the last one, where Alice (Milla Jovovich) having found an army of her clones promised to bring down Umbrella Corporations headquarters. True to her promise, Alice and her clones hit the headquarters hard in Tokyo destroying it in the process. The main guy behind all this mess, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), however manages to escape and also injects Alice with a T-Virus antidote that turns her into a normal Human again rather than the superhero she was in the previous films. From then Alice goes first to Alaska, looking for a Human Safe-zone & from there to Los Angeles where she ends up at a fortified prison with a few survivors. Hordes of Zombies await outside the prison and escape seems highly unlikely but there is a ship off the coast that offer a ray of hope & reaching that ship becomes the objective of all the characters.
The movies plot is pointless to say the least. With all the three previous ones already wiping out Umbrella corporation thugs at the end it becomes redundant that they keep on showing up again and again like cockroaches. You know well in advance how things are going to pan out here but its not like you care about them anyway.
The movies biggest novelty that gets undermined thanks to a dark palette is the 3D. Its the first movie since Avatar to be shot using the 3D Fusion Camera and not the tacky post-production conversion 3D used in Clash of the Titans. Unfortunately thanks to a mixture of a dark color-scheme used in the movie and sub-standard facilities in the theatre where I watched it, much of the movie cannot be enjoyed.
The action is a mixed bag, with the opening fight generating some excitement but anything and everything after that is just downright embarrassing to say the least, the climax is so unintentionally funny that it has to be seen to be believed.
Resident Evil: Afterlife is an unnecessary sequel in an already dead series with 3D being its only pathetic attempt top inject some interest in the minds of the audience. Someone should do the audience a favor and pull the plug on this franchise.