Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hokey Moments in "Resident Evil: Afterlife" with That Guy Named Wentworth

Milla is Alice

Paul W.S. Anderson's "Resident Evil: Afterlife" should be the worst of the franchise, but this won't stop me from watching it. I love post-apocalyptic tales, as much as I love zombie movies. In this installment, it has been almost 5 years since a virus decimated most of earth's population. Once an individual gets the virus, he most certainly dies. Trouble is, he doesn't remain dead!

Alice flies to Alaska, searching for Arcadia which she believes is a new civilization of survivors with a viable community of healthy humans. But the Arcadia that she knew wasn't there, except for a girl who has lost her memory. Together, they fly to the derelict Los Angeles, now ravished by fire. They meet a small group of survivors led by a sports hero, Luther West (uber-hunk and Austrian actor Boris Kodjoe).

In a bogus cinematic moment, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is introduced to Chris Redfield, aka Wentworth Miller. When Alice asked them why Chris is being isolated, imprisoned, they replied, "He looks like a killer."

That gorgeous face looks like a killer? That smoldering, piercing look is anything but sinister. The script must have meant "heart breaker" - and since the director isn't exactly Einstein, it was lost in his translation. ;->

The film isn't the smartest, a far cry from its earlier incarnation. The opening scene alone (with several Alice clones) was lost in the mediocrity of its slam bang mindset.

Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller: piercing, smoldering look.

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