Resident Evil: Afterlife (3D)
Rating: Didn’t Suck
It’s tough to review this movie because it’s available in three different formats, 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D. Friends and I went to the IMAX 3D and I have to say that if it weren’t for the AMAZING 3D experience, I may have actually been disappointed spending money on it. I was disappointed with the film itself and the storyline. Alternatively, people who saw the 2D version said they thought it was pretty good, not a waste of time or money, but that they didn’t think it was worth paying the extra money for 3D.
What you’ll love:
-Lots of really crisp visuals and some pretty cool camera angles and directing
-Pretty good computer graphics that don’t look as fake as most movies
-Pretty good characters, if you’re supposed to like or hate them- you do
-I haven’t played the video games in a long time but according to gamer fans, this movie follows the game more closely than any of the other films
-The 3D was absolutely amazing, by far the best 3D experience I have had yet
-The ending gets you pumped up for a sequel (that could also be a bad thing to some, leaving the theater wanting more)
What you’ll hate:
-The story drags
-More time is spent on uninteresting things like shots of scenery than the action
-Things that are very interesting are introduced, yet never explained, people left the theater with a lot of questions
-While the movie had lots of visual detail, logical details were ignored. I have specific examples I’m thinking of, but I want to avoid putting spoilers in here. If you saw Die Hard, remember how he jumps off the building holding onto a fire hose and BOOM, there’s this big explosion. You’re like “WOW” on the surface, but in the back of your mind you’re like “Wouldn’t the hose have broken off in the explosion causing him to fall to his death? Everything else got pretty destroyed, why’s that fire hose so damn indestructible?” That’s the kind of stuff I’m talking about, little things, yeah you can look past it, but it still takes away from the experience
-Copies other movies, honestly I think every resident evil movie does this, I don’t care too much since there are very few video game movies that even have a coherent beginning middle and end so I expect less from them, but it’s still pretty lame
I guess what it’s worth depends on your personal opinion of 3D. I actually enjoyed The Final Destination, as horrible a movie as it was, because it was in 3D. So if you’re THAT into 3D, then just go straight to IMAX, I really can’t say enough good things about the 3D in this movie. I’m in my chair, and even when I look down, things are still flying out at me. However, if the movie needs to be a good movie in order for you to feel the need to see it in 3D, then I’d say at most either check out a matinee or other discounted ticket 2D option, otherwise just wait for it on rental.
What’s interesting to note is my one friend who hasn’t seen the other films liked this movie the most out of the group, so part of the disappointment may be in comparing it to the past films. We all pretty much agreed that as a 3D film it’s one of the best, on par with Avatar 3D. Avatar 3D might be slightly better only because it had more stuff flying directly into the camera, but there was more dramatic stuff in Resident Evil like a giant axe flying right into the camera to the point I saw a bunch of people jump back in their seats… okay fine, myself included.
I paid 17 bucks for my IMAX 3D ticket and it was worth it to me. In 2D I wouldn’t pay more than 6 bucks to see it. As far as DVD/BluRay, I don’t know, unless its released as a 3D disc I don’t see myself buying it at all. I own the first 3, but this movie just wasn’t that good to watch again unless stuff is flying out at you.
So, hopefully that gives you a good idea whether you want to spend money to see it, and how much you want to spend.
Thanks for reading and let me know what you thought,