|Resident Evil: Afterlife|
|Director||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Producer(s)||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Writer||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Release date||September 10, 2010|
|Country of origin||Germany |
|Previous film||Resident Evil: Extinction|
|Next film||Resident Evil: Retribution|
Resident Evil: Afterlife (also known as Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D) is a 2010 Sci-fi film. It is the fourth installment in the Resident Evil film adaptations loosely based on the Capcom Survival Horror video game series Resident Evil. It also starts a new Resident Evil film trilogy. The film was written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the first film in the series to be released in 3D. It stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Sienna Guillory, Shawn Roberts, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, Kim Coates, Kacey Barnfield, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Norman Yeung. It was released on September 10, 2010.
A year after the events of Extinction, Alice and her clones travel to Tokyo to find and stop Albert Wesker. They infiltrate his underground base, dispatching several guards along the way before Alice confronts Wesker. During the fight, Wesker injects Alice with a serum that kills the T-virus inside of her, effectively neutralizing all of her superhuman abilities, including her telekinesis. Alice escapes the base, but not before Wesker activates a bomb inside the building which leads to its destruction, and the death of all the clones.
Six months after escaping from Tokyo, Alice travels to Alaska to join the convoy survivors, but only finds Claire Redfield (who has been implanted with a device similar to the one seen on Jill Valentine's chest in Resident Evil 5). After its removal, Alice and Claire decide to fly to Los Angeles. They spot survivors that have taken shelter in the Los Angeles Prison that is surrounded by thousands of zombies. Among the survivors are Chris Redfield, Luther West, Bennett Sinclair, Crystal Waters, Angel Ortiz, and Kim Yong. Luther introduces Alice to Chris,who is being held in a cage due to being wrongfully accused that he is a criminal. Chris asks Alice to talk some sense into them because he is innocent, but Alice just ignores this and leaves, but Chris tells her that they're gonna need him because he knows a way out. The barricades around the prison are eventually broken, leading to encounters with mutated zombies. Alice decides to release Chris. After releasing Chris, he is shocked to see that his sister, Claire, still alive. Chris tries to make Claire remember him but she just attacks him. Alice explains to Chris that Claire lost her memory. A battle in the shower room with the Executioner ensues. One by one the survivors are killed with the exception of Alice, Chris, and Claire.
After escaping the prison, the remaining survivors end up on a massive ship off the coast of Los Angeles, where Wesker returns and has a final showdown with Alice, Claire, and Chris. The ship is the Arcadia, the so-called safe place where there is no infection. After boarding it, the group finds over 2,000 survivors and after seeing an Umbrella logo, realize that its an Umbrella trap to capture people to experiment upon. At least some of Claire's memory returns and she remembers that after landing on the beach they were approached by Umbrella men and had the devices put upon their chests, but Clarie fought back and managed to escape but lost her memory as a result of the device. They start releasing the prisoners, starting with K-Mart and Alice, while searching the ship further, encounters Wesker who survived the earlier fight thanks to the T-Virus along with Bennet and two zombie dogs which keep her at bay.
Claire and Chris ambush Wesker and fight him, while Alice retrieves one of her shotguns and kill the dogs, but Chris and Claire are unable to defeat Wesker and are trapped. Wesker tries to eat Alice, but she stabs him in the head with a knife, stunning him and tries to go for her other shotgun. Bennet gets there first, but is knocked out by a recovered K-Mart who tosses Alice back her shotgun, allowing her to blast Wesker's head open and free Claire and Chris. Wesker's powers keep him alive so Claire and Chris empty their pistols into him before locking him and Bennet in a room together and go free the other prisoners. Wesker regenerates and kills Bennet then escapes into a helicopter and activates the purging bomb to kill everyone aboard Arcadia. However, he finds that Alice hid the bomb aboard the helicopter and it is destroyed. During the purging bombs explosion, a parachute falling from the sky goes unnoticed by Alice, Claire, and Chris hinting that Wesker may still be alive.
A mid-credit sequence shows Jill Valentine, wearing a device identical to the one Claire had on her when Alice found her, briefing the soldiers on what they are going to face on the ship and that they are gonna be in the fight of their lives.
In May 2005, producers mentioned the possibility of following Extinction with a sequel titled Resident Evil: Afterlife, to be shot and set in Tokyo, Japan and Alaska. Despite Resident Evil: Extinction being billed on the official website and elsewhere as the final installment of the Resident Evil film series; on September 23, 2007, Rory Bruer, Sony's head of distribution explained, "It absolutely would not surprise me considering the success of the franchise that they find a way to come up with another. It's a real possibility". Producer Jeremy Bolt also stated that while there was no intention of making a fourth film, that the third had been particularly well done and that Paul Anderson was talking with Sony about the possibility.
In October 2007, reports indicated that casting for the fourth film begun, with Jensen Ackles being considered for the role of Leon S. Kennedy. Despite bringing Leon as a character in an upcoming film would contradict promotional information from Resident Evil: Apocalypse as Screen Gems created a faux newspaper, The Raccoon City Times, that detailed the background of Jill Valentine, and included that she was dismissed from the S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Squad) after the death of her partner, Leon Kennedy. Ali Larter confirmed she would reprise her role "100% if asked".
Nearly a year later, Anderson noted that negotiations were underway with Sony for creating the film. During an interview with IGN in December 2008, Anderson stated that he was working on the script. The following year, it was announced that Sony was aiming to release Resident Evil: Afterlife by August 27, 2010. In a subsequent interview, Anderson stated he would now be directing the film as well, and that 'Afterlife' would be a 3-D film that will start a new Resident Evil film trilogy. He also stated the film had the largest budget in the series thus far and confirmed that Milla Jovovich would be returning to portray Alice. It will also feature new characters taken from the video games.
At the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con, Milla Jovovich confirmed that she would return for the lead role of Alice, and noted that the clones from Extinction would also be returning. On September 22, 2009 it was announced that Ali Larter would indeed reprise her role as Claire Redfield, and on September 30, 2009, it was announced that Shawn Roberts would join the cast as Albert Wesker, with Wentworth Miller joining as Chris Redfield, and Spencer Locke returning as K-Mart. Kim Coates and Boris Kodjoe have also been cast. Kacey Barnfield, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Norman Yeung will also make an appearance in the film. At a recent press conference in Japan, it was revealed Sienna Guillory will reprise her role as Jill Valentine.
Release date delaysEdit
In August 2009, it was announced that the film would be released on August 27, 2010. Though, in December, it was set back to January 14, 2011. In January 2010 it was announced that the release date was moved again, this time to September 10, 2010.
The first 3D trailer was shown to a limited number of WonderCon 2010 attendees at Metreon in San Francisco, on April 2, followed by a non-3D version on April 3. The first teaser trailer was released on April 3, 2010 by MySpace in the Film Trailer Park. Paul W.S. Anderson narrated and presented his teaser trailer on April 4 at San Francisco WonderCon 2010. Theaters ran the teaser trailer as part of the premiere release of A Nightmare on Elm Street, on April 30, 2010. The film was also run in IMAX theaters. An updated trailer was shown with Jonah Hex, which opened in theaters on June 18, 2010.
DVD and Blu RayEdit
The Resident Evil: Afterlife DVD and Blu-ray will release on December 28, 2010 in North America.
- Filmmaker Commentary
- Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife
- Fighting Back: The Action of Afterlife
- PS3 Wallpaper Theme
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- Undead Vision: Picture-in-Picture
- Filmmaker Commentary
- Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Back Under the Umbrella: Directing Afterlife
- Band of Survivors: Casting Afterlife
- Undead Dimension: Resident Evil in 3D
- Fighting Back: The Action of Afterlife
- Vision of the Apocalypse: The Design of Afterlife
- New Blood: The Undead of Afterlife
- Pwning the Undead: Gamers of the Afterlife
- The Blu-ray disc will display only in 2D without special hardware. To watch this movie in Blu-ray 3D, you will need a 3D-capable television that comes with active-shutter glasses and a 3D-capable Blu-ray player.
- "Afterlife" was once the working title planned to be used in the previous (and third) film before it became known as "Extinction".
- This is the first live-action movie based on a video game to be in 3D.
- Many plot and aesthetic elements featured in this movie are taken from or similar to material from Resident Evil 5, easily more than any other game in the series. Several examples of these are listed in the section below.
- The plot of the movie comes to center around three protagonists, two being Chris and Claire Redfield, with Wesker as the main villain. This is very similar to what happens in Resident Evil Code: Veronica.
- Chris Redfield makes his first appearance in movie franchise.
- This is the first Resident Evil film Paul W.S. Anderson has both written and directed since Resident Evil.
- Claire Redfield wears a red vest, her primary outfit from her game appearances.
- Alice and her comrades escape the building through the sewers, just like how Leon Kennedy, Ada Wong, Claire Redfield and Sherry Birkin did in Resident Evil 2 out of the Raccoon City Police Department.
- In past Resident Evil movies Alice has blonde hair, but in this movie, Alice's hair is entirely brown..
- Actor Wentworth Miller is about Chris's age in RE5
- A Japanese Umbrella Corporation Sniper uses the phrase "Biohazard" which is the original Japanese title for Resident Evil.
- This is the first movie in the series to not feature the Anti-Virus, the cure to the T-Virus.
- The first zombie seen in the film (in Tokyo at the beginning of the outbreak) is played by famous Japanese pop star, Mika Nakashima.
- With a gross of around $300 million worldwide, the film is the highest-grossing Canadian film and highest-grossing entry in the Resident Evil film series.
- The plane Alice flies is a Russian-built Yakovlev Yak-52.
- Wentworth Miller jokingly admits he was nervous about his character Chris Redfield being similar to Michael Scoffield from Prison Break when his first lines were in a prison and his first lines are "I know a way out of here".
- The opening scene in the movie is quite symbolic - all people are carrying umbrellas in the rain except the zombie girl. "Umbrella" is also the name of the corporation who is responsible for the creation and spread of the T-Virus, on which the main plot of the Resident Evil series is based.
- In the shower scene you can see the water in one shot but in another you cant, but can hear the water.
- Angel Ortiz is the only survivor in the prison to be killed by another survivor instead of a zombie or the Axeman.
- The scene of Wesker and two Alice clones falling through a window is reminiscent of Wesker and Sergei's Ivan soldiers in the Dark Legacy chapter of Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.
- There is a rather large plot hole in that none of the characters in the film ever seem to reload their weapons yet manage to fire seemingly unlimited ammunition.
- The fourth numbered game entry, Resident Evil 4, was the first of the games in introduce Las Plagas. This is the fourth film and the first film to reference Las Plagas in any way; Plaga Undead and Axeman.
Plot similarities and callbacks to Resident Evil 5Edit
- In the battle of Chris and Claire against Wesker, many of Wesker and Chris's movements are similar to those in the fight Wesker has against Chris and Sheva Alomar near the end of Resident Evil 5, including the way Wesker throws his glasses to distract Chris.
- Jill Valentine returns for a brief cameo in a scene that plays during the end credits, where it is revealed that she has not only survived throughout all of the events of the third film, Resident Evil: Extinction, but also that she, unfortunately, has since become an antagonist, due to a mind control device worn on her chest. This is very similar to what happens to her in Resident Evil 5.
- Wesker's second outfit in this movie, after his Umbrella Chronicles tuxedo (also seen in Resident Evil 4), is his Resident Evil 5 midnight outfit.
- The large Majini holding a large axe, known as the Axeman in this film, appears in Resident Evil 5, where he is called the Executioner.
- Due to its purpose in the story as Wesker's base, the Arcadia is most likely a reference to the Tricell tanker from Resident Evil 5.
- The tentacles that spew out of Wesker's mouth are similar to Las Plagas from both Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.
- There are thousands of survivors being held in capsules for experiments, just like in a large elevator chamber where the wall is full of capsules with people being used for experiments in Resident Evil 5.
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- ↑ "Resident Evil 4 Update; Producer addresses the franchise's future.", IGN Entertainment, IGN AU Edition. Retrieved on October 18, 2007.
- ↑ "Casting Underway for 'Resident Evil: Afterlife'?", Bloody-Disgusting.com, September 19, 2006. Retrieved on October 11, 2007.
- ↑ Raccoon City Times PDF. Screen Gems Publications. Sony Pictures.com (2004).
- ↑ "Larter, Jovovich Talk 'Resident Evil' Spin-off!", Bloody-Disgusting.com, September 20, 2007. Retrieved on September 20, 2007.
- ↑ Adler, Shawn. "'Resident Evil 4’ Likely, Says Director Paul W.S. Anderson", MTV.com, MTV Movies Blog, June 30, 2008. Retrieved on July 1, 2008.
- ↑ Vejvoda, Jim. "Resident Evil 4 Buzz", IGN Entertainment, IGN Movies, December 18, 2008. Retrieved on January 20, 2009.
- ↑ Rotten, Ryan. "Confirmed Exclusive: Resident Evil 4 Arriving in Late 2010", CraveOnline Media, LLC, ShockTilYouDrop.com, July 2, 2009. Retrieved on July 7, 2009.
- ↑ Rotten, Ryan. "SDCC Exclusive: Resident Evil: Afterlife Coming in 3D!", CraveOnline Media, LLC, ShockTilYouDrop.com, July 23, 2009. Retrieved on July 24, 2009.
- ↑ Otto, Jeff. "Milla Jovovich Talks About Her Starring Role in Resident Evil 4", Bloody-Disgusting.com, August 1, 2009. Retrieved on August 3, 2009.
- ↑ "Ali Larter Back for Resident Evil: Afterlife -- More Plot Details!", CraveOnline Media, LLC, DeadCentral.com, September 22, 2009.
- ↑ "Resident Evil: Afterlife Officially Begins Production", CraveOnline Media, LLC, DeadCentral.com, September 30, 2009.
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- ↑ Weintraub, Steve 'Frosty'. "Resident Evil: Aferlife 3D" Begins Production", Collider.com, September 29, 2009. Retrieved on December 29, 2009.
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- ↑ Ashcraft, Brian (August 20, 2009). Resident Evil: Afterlife Movie Gets New Release Date - Resident Evil: Afterlife. Kotaku.com. Retrieved on November 6, 2009.
- ↑ "Resident Evil: Afterlife Pushed Back to 2011", CraveOnline Media, LLC, DeadCentral.com, December 18, 2009.
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