After a cinematic dryspell of opening weekend big screen releases, viewers poured into theaters to see the new installment of the Resident Evil series. And moviegoers were not disappointed. Milla Jovovich returns as the butt-kicking Alice and is in peak form, showing pure athleticism and strength in the many fighting scenes signature to the series. Unlike the previous films, Milla finally gets the opportunity to develop her character and add depth to Alice’s personality. Ali Larter is also back as Claire Redfield and begins to mirror the character progression of Alice, demonstrating toughness while penetrating deeper into her character as well. As an added bonus, Anderson shot the entire movie using James Cameron’s 3D camera system, allowing the audience to more fully immerse themselves into the action. This makes the experience even more nail-biting and intense, though viewers watching the 2D version will still be on the edge of their seats. The violence, suspense and style that have been consistent in each previous Resident Evil movie is ever-present in the most recent addition, with all-new zombie mutations and villians. The plot evolves further than ever before and digs deeper into the impenetrable web that the Umbrella Corporation has spun, exploring more mysteries and fighting new evils. Tomandandy return once again to compose the score which carries the film and enhances the action. Anderson recruits Glen MacPherson for the cinematography, known most recently for his work in Rambo and The Final Destination 3D, and his crisp, clean vision lends itself well to the 3D experience. Overall, Resident Evil: Afterlife is a fantastic thrill-ride which brings even more surprises to fans and thoroughly entertains viewers. Whether it is viewed regularly or in the 3D style by which it is truly meant to be seen, audiences everywhere will enjoy this cinematic experience.
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