I thought that "Resident Evil: Extinction" was bad, but I hadn't yet seen "Resident Evil: Afterlife". This film is so bad that it makes the others look like "Citizen Kane". This is one of the few films that I have truly regretted watching in my life.
The writing of this film is absolutely horrid. In fact, scarier than the film itself is the fact that this script somehow got greenlit. The mythology of the film is ridiculously convoluted. New characters and monsters come out of nowhere with zero explanation. The plot is ridiculously formulaic. It devolves back from the previous film attempt at a film-like plot (even though it was a failure) into another plot as simple as a survival horror video game. Every character fits into a clear archetype and does nothing to defy those archetypes, nor does the character development (or the lack thereof) do anything to make me sympathize with the characters any more. The villain isn't even particularly intimidating. I laughed out loud multiple times at how much this film was insulting my intelligence.
The production quality is again a step down from the second and third installments. The cinematography is mediocre at best, but more often at the point of being nauseating. It often tries to be artsy, but fails miserably instead. The CGI is also terrible, looking more cartoon-like than ever. Some effects even look stolen from "Lord of the Rings". The score is cheesy and doesn't match the tone of the film at all. The editing is choppy and jumpy, only serving to be distracting. In terms of acting, Wentworth Miller is the only person who gives a performance that is even somewhat commendable. That being said, his decent performance feels like gold in this sea of garbage that they call a film.
I have to say, I want my hour and a half back from watching this film. Thank goodness I got this film for free from a theater rewards program, or else I would have wasted my money. This is quite possibly one of the worst films I have ever seen in my life. The only things that this film is good for are to collect virtual dust in my digital collection and to be made fun of. The only way I would watch this again would be if they made a RiffTrax of it.
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Big Tuna's Rating: F
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I (unfortunately) own.
Had I Seen It Before: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
I look at films as if through old red and blue 3D glasses— one lens is as art, one lens is as entertainment.
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