'Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D'
(Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, et al / PG-13 / 100 mins)
Overview: Experience a new dimension in action horror as director Paul W.S. Anderson uses the 3D technology pioneered by James Cameron and Vincent Pace to take movie lovers on a nightmare thrill-ride. It's been five years since the zombie virus swept across the globe, and Alice (Milla Jovovich) is still traveling tirelessly in search of survivors. When the Umbrella Corporation ratchets up the stakes, an old friend turns up to lend Alice a helping hand. Rumor has it that some survivors have found sanctuary in Los Angeles, but when Alice and friends show up they find the city overrun with zombies, and quickly realize they've stumbled into a diabolical trap.
Verdict: RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE. Well, life's a struggle for Alice, MILLA JOVOVICH, the heroine of the RESIDENT EVIL franchise; this is the fourth film in which she's had to do battle with the forces of darkness that surround her, including ravenous zombies and the faceless man behind the evil Umbrella Corp. The new film, which screens in 3D in some cinemas, starts with Alice and her clones attacking Umbrella's underground headquarters in Tokyo.
Alice then heads for Alaska in search of survivors, where she finds Claire, ALI LARTER, who joins her on a trip to Los Angeles where the last remaining humans are trapped in a prison surrounded by the flesh-eating ghouls.
British director Paul W.S. Anderson, who directed the first RESIDENT EVIL film 6 years ago, is back behind the camera again and nothing much has changed. MILLA JOVOVICH is still armed to the teeth and dashing around all over the place, narrowly surviving against all the odds. And there's the usual clutch of disposable supporting characters including KIM COATES as an unusually repulsive Hollywood producer, BORIS KODJOE as a hunky baseball star, and WENTWORTH MILLER as Claire's brother.
At least you know what to expect with this sort of film, and you don't get anything more - certainly not anything that resembles a plot. And would you believe it, the end is a set-up for episode five!