Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D
After taking down the Umbrella Corporation’s HQ in Tokyo, Alice gets into a fight with Director Albert Wesker who’s infected himself with the T-virus in order to become a better and stronger version of Alice. She barely manages to survive the fight, but loses her special capabilities in the process.
She decides to head to Arcadia, a supposed safe haven where there’s food, shelter and no infected. When she arrives, however, there’s no-one except her friend Claire who has a strange device planted on her chest and doesn’t seem to remember anything.
The two take a plane and go to Los Angeles in search of other survivors and there they meet up with a group under the lead of Luther West who’ve managed to barricade themselves in a prison. West tells them Arcadia is a ship that’s anchored near the harbor and has stopped broadcasting a few days ago.
Alice and Clair team up with the rest of the group and prepare to fight the hordes of zombies to get to the ship and find out what happened…
Sound and Vision:
This Blu-ray release has both the 2D and 3D versions, as well as the 3D stereoscopic version. If you’ve got a 3D TV, this is certainly the Blu-ray to have as the entire movie is made with 3D in mind and manages to look even better than Avatar when it comes to the effects.
The 2D version is also reference material with great looks, plenty of detail, vibrant colors, and absolutely nothing to complain about. Technically this release is awesome.
The same can be said about the audio. The subwoofer will make your widows tremble, the surround channels are perfectly in sync with what’s going on on the screen and when it comes to active ambience, Resident Evil shows you how it’s done. This while the dialogues never get overwhelmed by all the action. Excellent!
Let’s just cut to the chase: Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D is quite a bad movie. You need to have seen the previous movies in order to have an idea of what’s going on, there’s no coherence in the story and the movie just goes from one action scene to the other without anything taping them together, there are plot holes as big as a whale, tension is nowhere to be found, credibility of any kind is completely absent, the side characters are nothing more than cannon fodder that take away screen time from Alice (Jovovich), Claire and Chris Redfield lack any depth (just like all characters for that matter), the cool boss monster gets killed halfway the movie already, and the “end boss” is just about the most boring villain we’ve ever seen.
This movie had a ton of potential with great stories to be told, and managed to kill off everything that could have made it great. Except one thing: the 3D is awesome.
So in conclusion we have mixed feelings: if you’ve got a 3D TV this is the Blu-ray to get! Show off your thousands of euros worth of hardware with a smile! If you don’t, there’s no reason to get this as the movie itself is as brainless as the zombies that are in it.