Escape to the Movies: Resident Evil: Afterlife

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Primus1985:
What the good hell do you mean Ultraviolet sucked? Hi science fiction, spectacular fights and stunts, turns a twist on a vampire tale. What the hell is wrong? Oh Equilibrium wasn't so great, yeah its good, but UV blows it out of the water.

Fixed that for ya! ;)

Did you watch the British television series it was based on? I'll say that I kind of liked Ultraviolet the movie when I watched it. But after seeing the TV series, I can say with all certainty that it sucked and was an in-name-only sort of rip off.

And did I mention the series was only six episodes long?

nightwolf667:

Primus1985:
What the good hell do you mean Ultraviolet sucked? Hi science fiction, spectacular fights and stunts, turns a twist on a vampire tale. What the hell is wrong? Oh Equilibrium wasn't so great, yeah its good, but UV blows it out of the water.

Fixed that for ya! ;)

Did you watch the British television series it was based on? I'll say that I kind of liked Ultraviolet the movie when I watched it. But after seeing the TV series, I can say with all certainty that it sucked and was an in-name-only sort of rip off.

And did I mention the series was only six episodes long?

No I never even heard of a BBC series about this. I dont follow BBC unless its news. Frakly I give a rats ass about some BBC series!

I rate movies on their individual merit. Even movies that are adaptations I dont prejudge based on comic book, tv series, blah blah blah. Movies are their own medium and can only tell a story in 2-3 hours, thus need to be thought of seperatly.

Ultraviolet had spectacular action, hi science fiction story telling(something of which I thought Bob would get since he says good sci-fi should parody current events, which is true, and remember a few years back people around the world where scared of SARS and the bird flu?) great acting, and terrific pacing.

If Bob's going to venerate Robocop as the best Sci-Fi movie of all time(top 5 not the best) he should look at judge other sci-fi movies on the same merit.

Come on a little research even before the movie came out lets you know that the character reveal is the return of Jill Valentine as she is listed in the cast but you never see her in any of the previews for the movie. Also in the 2nd Movie they tell you that Leon Kennedy is dead.

Jovovich was great in the Messenger
You know who else makes movies that say "Look at my hot wife"? Rob Zombie

ike42:

Hubilub:
"the shitty premise to the throwing-things-in-your-face 3D that I hate.

Seriously, isn't this idea a little f'ed out? I'm no big fan of 3D, but does every movie have to pretend to throw stuff at the audience as if it were an original idea? I wish people would just forget about 3D because it does not make a shitty movie any better.

Actually. It kind of does. I would sooner see a shoddy film if it were in 3D than one in 2D. It's a fun gimmick. Afterlife only does the "throwing-things-in-your-face" bit about twice. The rest of it is solid.

OT: Thanks MovieBob for pointing out what I've been saying for the past year. If you don't like 3D, don't go see it. Problem solved! It's nothing short of aggravating how many people needlessly complain about it.

Dr. Danger:

ike42:

Hubilub:
"the shitty premise to the throwing-things-in-your-face 3D that I hate.

Seriously, isn't this idea a little f'ed out? I'm no big fan of 3D, but does every movie have to pretend to throw stuff at the audience as if it were an original idea? I wish people would just forget about 3D because it does not make a shitty movie any better.

Actually. It kind of does. I would sooner see a shoddy film if it were in 3D than one in 2D. It's a fun gimmick. Afterlife only does the "throwing-things-in-your-face" bit about twice. The rest of it is solid.

OT: Thanks MovieBob for pointing out what I've been saying for the past year. If you don't like 3D, don't go see it. Problem solved! It's nothing short of aggravating how many people needlessly complain about it.

No, what's aggravating is the quality of films that make it into production based on that overused gimmick. I guarantee you that for every shitty 3D movie made there are 10 more scripts that are 10x better which never even get picked up because they're deemed unmarketable.

LawlessSquirrel:
Huh...guess I'm the only one that enjoyed #1 more than #2.

Not eager to see this, but I've got a lot of hours between classes about to hit me so might be worth a watch if I can avoid paying double price for 3D.

No, I'm not against 3D per se, I'd just rather be able to buy lunch and see a movie than just see a movie.

I really liked the first one, I thought it was one of the best zombie movies ever tbh (I mean, 28 days was 100x better but it was still good). The second was ...... stupid. I can't even remember what happened. The third was just strange, and stupid. And this just looks like it continues the trend.

I have to say I'm the opposite of MB on this one.

ughhh it's not playing? getting some error ...
"200, Stream not found, NetStream.Play.StreamNotFound, clip: '[Clip] 'http://video2.themis-media.com/ea7ae37a7a46a0c28e8f8ce7cf27f956/mp4/escapist/escape-to-the-movies/473f851d6070b91336d88414afb95cd2.mp4"

never had an issue before.

This just proves, no matter how bad an idea is, someone is willing to put money behind it and throttle the life out of it at the same time.

alright, hang on. that was a great review and all, but...

Other M? Mediocre character development better than the mind-bogglingly awesome Prime series? Seriously? How can you possibly say that after Corruption?

At least we'll be getting another CGI movie soon, hopefully it'll be as good as Degeneration. Of course, the games need a reboot. And the movies, well I think we can all agree they should just stop since they've pretty much have stopped being anything like Resident Evil outside of "ooh look, T-virus and zombies!"

Also, I do agree that people complaining about 3-D are idiots. Yes, it's more expensive, but at least it's trying to introduce a new way to watch movies.

At this point they should stop making Resident Evil films and work on the games. If they can't make the movies to follow the game line then they should make the games to follow the movie line.

Sorry, Bob, but I work in a cinema (*sighs* Movie Theatre in American) and have to put up with the blunt end of the movie going public's lack of ability to not break 3D glasses, or even hand them back at the end of the night.

They're all well and good when it's done well like with Avatar, but to be honest?

3D can go eat a bowl of dicks.

Good review, Bob. having seen pieces of this at work it looks like ridiculous, silly action fun, and what's wrong with that?

I actually liked the first movie...

As for sequencing, yes the movies happen in between the games. The first movie happens before the first game, and the house she wakes up in is supposed to be the same house from the first game. Then the second movie comes after the second game, then it goes game, movie, game, movie etc.

Darkguy89:
At this point they should stop making Resident Evil films and work on the games. If they can't make the movies to follow the game line then they should make the games to follow the movie line.

Sorry, but this is a horrible idea. I think having the games and the movies on different linear paths make them both enjoyable in their own right.

I love the games, but I don't want to watch a movie about a game.

Dr. Danger:
Actually. It kind of does. I would sooner see a shoddy film if it were in 3D than one in 2D. It's a fun gimmick. Afterlife only does the "throwing-things-in-your-face" bit about twice. The rest of it is solid.

Oh no. It does it more than twice. Off the top of my head, I can think of: Alice throwing shurikens, Alice shooting her quarter-filled shotgun, the huge lumbering dude throwing his axe, and Wesker throwing his sunglasses. That right there already doubles your estimate, and this is with me being tired right now, and the fact that I wasn't exactly keeping notes on the movie. So it's entirely likely that there were one or two other cases that I missed.

As for the 3D gimmick, I find it to be just that. If you enjoy it, then fine. I don't. It's your $3, just as this is my $3. Thus far of the movies that I have watched in 3D, only Coraline proved to be an interesting experience. Part of this, I think, is because the movie itself was so animated. No, no no, I'm not talking about it being a cartoon, I mean the way the characters moved. Coraline made good use of the 3D without the obligatory "throwing something at the camera" thing that every-other 3D-base movie seems to abuse because it's the only thing they can think to do with the gimmick. Every-other movie I've bothered to see in 3D has just been bland. The movie may have been, sure, but the 3D effects really didn't add anything that I wouldn't have gotten from the regular version. Not for me anyway.

Obviously I'm in the minority though, as they wouldn't still be producing 3D movies if they weren't profitable. If you enjoy them, more power to you. Long as I can continue to have the option of which version to see.

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WhiteTigerShiro:
Snip.

And you almost always have the option to see a film in 2D so I don't see why the minority is content on complaining about 3D. In case you don't like it, there's the alternative available for you. Which is more than I can say about shoddy films that don't even have a 3D version. If anything the minority is still catered to.

Mind you, that's how I prefer it but it's worth taking note of.

Crap, I missed the reveal at the end of the credits!

-M

Were we watching the same movie?

First off I should say that I liked the RE series, including the games, films and books but I just can't bring myself to like this film.

Firstly, there is no story, just a few brief seconds of pointless exposition linking each (badly done) action scene to the next, it leaves it wide open for another sequel that (if this is what to expect of the franchise) would be better going straight to DVD.

There were various "wire-fu" sequences that were so obvious they might as well have left the wires in the shot and the whole thing felt like a real waste of a franchise.

The Las Plagas make an appearance (specifically the huge executioner bastard from 4 and 5) with no explanation as to what they are or why they are different from normal T-Virus victims, Wesker appears and seems to be acted by a soggy cardboard cut-out, Chris Redfield puts in an appearance although he might as well not have bothered and the only plot elements that made the film series in any way interesting gets written out so quickly that it might as well never have happened, the whole thing reeks of a quickly put together cash-in, with the exception that we know it wasn't quickly put together at all.

I still have to watch the third movie. Not sure if I want to, but whatever. I decently enjoyed the first two since I'm very lax with my standards. I totally forgot what I wanted to say now because my dad came up and started talking about how I have gray hair because I watch anime and play video games. Way to go, dad.

Ah, now I remember. I believe the record is that the movie continuity is completely separate from the games. I forget where I heard that and I'll have to check again if you're skeptical, but it makes a hell of a lot more sense than trying to tie them together.

once again I completely disagree, the first movie was the best and every movie since then has been a steady decline into complete shit. And his taste in games is also shit if he thinks Other M is good.

bob im sorry to say this but from a fan's point of view the resident evil movies were never good and the only decent ones were the first and second because they were close to the games.The people createing these new ones know that they are failing with comming up with new ideas and now they ahve to rip off the games and it sickens me because of how they have tryed and introduced all the old characters from the game into a realy crappy movie that trys to be the 5th game.

I loved the first one, and own them all. Anything to keep that woman in cool movies.

I think we need to make certain directors disappear forever (wink wink) Micheal Bay, Anderson, and M. Night. But mostly Anderson because Im a HUGE fan and yes I cant believe Milla Jovovich married that guy, its like how I felt with Bonham Carter married Tim Burton but I digress. We must make them disappear, even if its just one of them, ahem, Anderson (wink wink) eh you get the idea. Or atleast let George Romero do one, if we do that, im sure it wont suck, frankly he should have done them all, is he even still alive? If not, dig him up, duct tape a moving cam to his head and put him on the set and it will be a much more riveting movie than anything Anderson tried to do with RE series.

I'm definitely a fan of the game series, but to be honest I only liked the first Resident Evil movie. It was actually creepy and it didn't needlessly throw in things from the games just to attempt to tie the movies to the games. I just can't forgive Afterlife for introducing Albert Wesker and killing him off in the same movie, that to me just ruined it. Also they casted Chris pretty horribly. I mean he looks like Chris from RE1, but they are using zombies from RE5...so...um...wtf. I wish they would just drop the whole thing, start over and concentrate on making a good movie, and on integrating the core aspects that made the games so great. As in, ya know, HORROR and SURVIVAL. (and by survival I don't mean a group of people hold up in some place that slowly and predictably get knocked off one by one. The only RE movie that did it well was the first one by making the characters interesting without getting too attached to them so you are still routing for the zombies and keeping the audience in the dark so you learn as the characters learn) Example: the iconic part with the lasers, you could see none of those umbrella SWAT guys saw that coming, hehe.

So this is going to be the a final fantasy, but in movie form?

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