'Resident Evil: Afterlife': It's just no fun anymore

The good news for Paul W.S. Anderson is that Uwe Boll, his only serious competition for worst moviemaker in the biz, has another Bloodrayne movie coming out, this one with Nazis.

The bad news? Anderson has another Resident Evil movie in theaters. These two — a Brit and a German — will refight their World War II of the Worst until somebody stops them.

Resident Evil: Afterlife begins just past the finale of the last film in this video game adaptation series, and ends with a cliffhanger. They're not even pretending to try to wrap up this tale of a post-zombie apocalypse world any more. It'll go on until star Milla Jovovich puts her kids through college.

Alice (Jovovich) is still stalking the evil Umbrella Corp., the folks who created the virus that made her super-strong and everybody else the living dead. You'd think she'd have folded that Umbrella three movies ago, but no. Wesker, an executive who never takes off his sunglasses, is running the show. He's played by Shawn Roberts, who saw Val Kilmer in Top Gun a few too many times. Alice — and a team of cloned Alices — shoot up his latest headquarters in Tokyo in the film's opening moments. Then she sets out to find the refugees she packed off to "Arcadia," Alaska, where radio transmissions told them life could begin anew.

Alice narrates her quest into a camcorder as she flies over the Great White North. She only finds one survivor — Claire (Ali Larter). And that sends them both to the smoky ruins of Los Angeles, where another tiny group is holding out against the flesh-eating undead.

It's a humorless movie of morphing zombies, phoned-in performances and trite dialogue. Jovovich can still act, as she proves playing a femme fatale in the October drama Stone. She used to give her all in these movies. Here, she still wears the leather jumpsuit with style. But she no longer runs as if her life depends on it.

In the Boll-Anderson wars, it's advantage Anderson. Boll's Bloodrayne: The Third Reich is on its way, but there'll always be another Resident Evil to top it.

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'Resident Evil: Afterlife': It's just no fun anymore 09/10/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 10, 2010 9:40pm]

    

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