In a college dorm somewhere, a Resident Advisor has put her head on this movie's poster and modified the title in an attempt to seem cool. It will fail.
This weekend, we get a new Resident Evil film -- Resident Evil: Afterlife -- this time using the new-fangled 3D camera contraptions from Avatar. Wow! What a waste of those innovative contraptions! Kidding aside, while the RE films are good, gory fun and all, they are a little embarrassing to be associated with. Here's our tough-love look at the new movie's cast and an evaluation of their decision to appear in it.
As a fan of sci-fi and zombies in general and Milla Jovovich in particular, my view of the Resident Evil movie franchise has been one of benign ambivalence. The first was surprisingly good, but the sequels got increasingly sillier and seemed to level out profit-wise, so I assumed that the latest installment, Resident Evil: Afterlife, would be the last. But because it found a nice, empty weekend to park in, and because it was filmed in price-gouging 3-D, it managed to bring in the franchise's highest opening-weekend box office ever, which all but guarantees a sequel. Milla herself has said that her director-husband is already thinking about the fifth film, and that it will incorporate ideas taken from fans on Twitter. While that sounds disastrous all by itself, there are a number of reasons why this franchise needs to quietly fade away.